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Morning after: Upon no review, ump knew he was wrong during Rays 3-2 loss

The play occurred in the third inning when Angels rookie Nolan Fontana, making his major league debut, tried to slide past the tag of Rays second baseman Michael Martinez.

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The play occurred in the third inning when Angels rookie Nolan Fontana, making his major league debut, tried to slide past the tag of Rays second baseman Michael Martinez.

By ROGER MOONEY

Times Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG – It didn’t take a replay review Monday to prove second base umpire Hunter Wendeltstedt made the wrong call. Wendelstedt knew he blew the call and reversed it himself.

“That was new to me,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said, “but a lot of things are new to me sometimes.”

The play occurred in the third inning when Angels rookie Nolan Fontana, making his major league debut, tried to slide past the tag of Rays second baseman Michael Martinez.

Wendeltstedt immediately made he safe signal.

Martinez waved to the dugout for Cash to use his replay challenge, which Cash did.

Wednelstedt and crew chief Joe West huddled, walked off the field as if they were going to the headsets, huddled some more and called Fontana out.

So, without using replay, Wendelstedt changed his safe call to out, which was the correct call based on the replays shown on TV and the Tropicana Field video board.
The reason: Wendelstedt knew his call was wrong.  …

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For starters: Rays vs. Angels and Trout, with Odorizzi on mound

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.

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Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.

After losing Sunday's game but winning a third straight series, the Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Angels and Mike Trout.

RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, RHP J.C. Ramirez for the Angels.

Evan Longoria is getting a DH day, so the Rays have rookie Daniel Robertson at third base and Michael Martinez, making his first Rays start, at second. Also, Steven Souza Jr. is off, with red-hot Corey Dickerson in left and Colby Rasmus in right.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Dickerson lf
Kiermaier cf
Longoria dh
Morrison 1b
Beckham ss
Rasmus rf
Robertson 3b
Norris c
Martinez 2b
Odorizzi p

 

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What's in a number? Not much if you're Jake Odorizzi

Jake Odorizzi has a winning record for his career when pitching on five days of rest. He’s 12-9 in 34 starts. Pitching on a normal four days of rest, Odorizzi is 15-17 in 34 starts. On six or more days rest he is 6-6 in 18 starts.

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Jake Odorizzi has a winning record for his career when pitching on five days of rest. He’s 12-9 in 34 starts. Pitching on a normal four days of rest, Odorizzi is 15-17 in 34 starts. On six or more days rest he is 6-6 in 18 starts.

It’s a numbers game, so here is one to begin your Monday morning: 5.

As in days of rest, as in RHP Jake Odorizzi faces the Angels tonight on five days of rest.

Odorizzi has a winning record for his career when pitching on five days of rest. He’s 12-9 in 34 starts. Pitching on a normal four days of rest, Odorizzi is 15-17 in 34 starts. On six or more days rest he is 6-6 in 18 starts.

What does this mean?

Not much, since his ERA on five days of rest is 4.14 compared to 3.34 four days and 4.35 on six or more.

“Personally, I don't really care one way or the other,” Odorizzi said before Sunday’s game. “I'm perfectly fine staying on (four days of rest). But I've got the extra day, so it's just another day for rest and recovery. That's the big thing is when you get an off-day, you need to really take advantage of it and pretty much do nothing. You need to let your body recover."

The extra day was made possible by last Thursday’s off day that ended a run of 20 games in 20 days for the Rays (23-23).

They responded by taking the first two games of the three-game weekend series with the Yankees.

Now they have the Angels (23-23) with all-world CF Mike Trout.  …

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For starters: Rays go for sweep against Yankees

The Rays go for the series sweep this afternoon against the Yankees at Tropicana Field.

Chris Archer (3-2, 3.70) starts for the Rays against Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia (3-2, 4.93).

The Rays have won four straight and six of their last eight. They begin the day in third place in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Red Sox.

With Sabathia on the hill, Rays manager Kevin Cash is rolling out his right-handed lineup with SS Tim Beckham at the top and Rickie Weeks Jr. at 1B in place of Logan Morrison. Peter Bourjos gets the start in LF over Colby Rasmus.

Here are the lineups:

 

YANKEES

Gardner LF

Sanchez C

Holliday DH

Castro 2B

Judge RF

Ellsbury CF

Headley 3B

Gregorius SS

Carter 1B

Sabathia LHP

 

RAYS

Beckham SS

Dickerson DH

Longoria 3B

Weeks 1B

Souza RF

Kiermaier CF

Norris C

Robertson RF

Bourjos LF

 

Archer RHP

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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, seeking to climb above .500

UPDATE, 2:15: RHP Tommy Hunter (calf strain) threw well, but Cash said he will have to show he can run and field the position before being activated and there is no timetable. ... SS Matt Duffy (heel) said he didn't have a setback but after feeling soreness in his first step out of the box they decided he should spend a week or so on strengthening that area, and expects to be back on his rehab assignment by the end of next week. .. Stanek said he learned from the experience of giving up the two-run homer on Friday and will be better for it.

Here is Girardi's Yankees lineup:
Gardner lf
Sanchez c
Holliday 1b
Castro 2b
Judge dh
Ellsbury cf
Headley 3b
Gregorius ss
Hicks rf
Tanaka p
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Rays RHP Shawn Tolleson has Tommy John surgery, out until 2018

Shawn Tolleson will have Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced today.

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Shawn Tolleson will have Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced today.

The Rays signed RHP Shawn Tolleson during the winter hoping he could regain his past form and help their bullpen.

But that won't happen, as Tolleson's spring training elbow issues led to him having Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced today.

Tolleson, who starred previously for the Rangers, had the surgery done in Texas by Dr. Keith Meister and will rehab there.

Given the standard recovery, he could return at the end of the 2018 season.

Tolleson signed a one-year, $1-million deal with the Rays. He was also slowed during the spring by back problems which had been an issue earlier in his career.

 

 

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Video preview: Rays can prove things vs. Yankees this weekend

Steven Souza Jr. slides into home plate during a game between the Rays and Yankees earlier this season.

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Steven Souza Jr. slides into home plate during a game between the Rays and Yankees earlier this season.

Our video preview of the Rays-Yankees series that opens tonight at the Trop, with Erasmo Ramirez starting against Luis Severino.

 

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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees with a chance to prove something

The Rays will have Erasmo Ramirez on the mound.

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The Rays will have Erasmo Ramirez on the mound.

UPDATE, 5:22: Cash said SS Matt Duffy (heel) felt good enough to take ground balls and batting practice and likely will do so again Saturday with the idea that he resumes his rehab assignment soon. He has not played since experiencing soreness last Saturday. ... Cash confirmed Robertson will take over at 2B and said they hope regular playing time helps his timing at the plate. ... C Wilson Ramos (knee surgery) took BP on the field and Cash said it was impressive noting how far he hit balls. ... Miller said he doesn't have a date to resume baseball activities but expects to be ready when eligible to come off the DL next Friday in Minnesota. .... Yankees manager Joe Girardi will miss tonight's game to attend his daughter's high school graduation; Rob Thomson will manage. …

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Rays put Brad Miller on DL, acquire Michael Martinez from Indians

The Rays placed Brad Miller on the 10-day DL with a left abdominal strain.

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The Rays placed Brad Miller on the 10-day DL with a left abdominal strain.

The Rays placed 2B Brad Miller on the 10-day DL with a left abdominal strain and acquired INF/OF Michael Martinez from the Indians to take his place on the roster.

The Rays don't expect Miller to be out long; rookie Daniel Robertson is expected to take over as the primary second baseman in his absence.

Martinez, who had been DFA'd by the Indians, was acquired for cash or a player to be named.

Miller, who felt a tweak on Monday, was examined by Dr. Koco Eaton and underwent an MRI on Thursday. His DL move - the first of his career - is backdated to Tuesday, making him eligible to return as soon as May 26 in Minnesota. How he feels will be the determiner, but the Rays don't expect an extended absence.

Martinez, 34, has played parts of seven seasons in the majors, and can play second and third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. He is out of options so his stay could be short, but the Rays have been intrigued previously by his versatility. Plus, with SS Matt Duffy set back in his rehab, Martinez gives them additional experienced depth.

To make room for Martinez on the 40-man roster, the Rays transferred LHP Xavier Cedeno to the 60-day DL. …

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New Game in town? Rays unveil Evan Longoria Game of Thrones bobblehead

The Longo Game of Thrones bobblehead to be given away July 8.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Longo Game of Thrones bobblehead to be given away July 8.

The Rays revealed plans for an Evan Longoria Game of Thrones bobblehead to be given away at the July 8 game against the Red Sox.

The bobblehead, for the first 15,000 fans, is part of an MLB promotional partnership with the popular HBO fantasy drama show.

The Rays are one of several teams taking part in the partnership, and will make it a GoT themed night.

 

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Ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon marks milestone with donation to feed St. Petersburg homeless

Joe Maddon won the World Series last year with the Cubs.

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Joe Maddon won the World Series last year with the Cubs.

Former Rays manager Joe Maddon logged his 1,000th career victory on Tuesday, and marked the occasion by donating 1,000 meals to feed homeless children and families in St. Petersburg.

Maddon, in his third season with the Cubs, reached the milestone with a 9-5 win over the Reds in Chicago. Of his 1,000 wins, 754 came during his nine seasons with the Rays.

The donation is being made through his Tampa-based Respect 90 Foundation, which works to "enrich the lives children and families" in three communities Maddon and his wife, Jaye, consider home - Chicago; Tampa, where they live in the off-season; and Hazleton, Pa., his hometown.

In St. Petersburg, it is being made to the Sallie House, which operates under the direction of the Salvation Army to provide a safe haven for children removed from their home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. …

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For starters: Rays at Indians, with Cobb leading the way, at 12:10

Alex Cobb has been pitching well, using his fastball/curvevall combo, in lieu of his traditional top changeup, as he continues to work his way back into form from May 2015 Tommy John surgery.

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Alex Cobb has been pitching well, using his fastball/curvevall combo, in lieu of his traditional top changeup, as he continues to work his way back into form from May 2015 Tommy John surgery.

UPDATE, 11:15: As expected, Miller is not in the Rays lineup, Cash saying he won't see a doctor until tonight when they get home or Thursday, and while they are hoping he doesn't have to go on the DL it is a concern. .. And while SS Matt Duffy (heel) won't play another rehab game until after being re-evaluated Friday by head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, Cash said they don't consider it a serious setback. ... Erasmo Ramirez said he is looking forward to going back into the rotation on Friday.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Dickerson lf,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza RF,
Rasmus DH,
Beckham SS,
Robertson 2b,
Sucre c,
Cobb p

And here is the Indians lineup:
Kipnis 2b
Lindor ss
Brantley lf
Santana 1b
Encarnacion dh
Ramirez 3b
Chisenhall rf
Zimmer cf
Perez c
Tomlin p


DEVELOPING: The Rays will have RHP Alex Cobb on the mound for today's 12:10 matinee finale in Cleveland with a chance for their first winning road trip in a year.

The Rays beat the Indians on Tuesday to split the first two games of the series, that after taking two of three in Boston. Their last winning road trip was in May 2016 to Toronto, Detroit and Miami. …

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Rays morning after: Alvarado stepping up in a big way

Jose Alvarado has come up from Double-A Montgomery and played a major role in stabilizing the beleagured Rays bullpen.

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Jose Alvarado has come up from Double-A Montgomery and played a major role in stabilizing the beleagured Rays bullpen.

You could say the Rays won Tuesday's 6-4 game because of the five home runs they hit, including a pair by Corey Dickerson.

And you could also say they didn't lose the game because of the work of rookie lefty Jose Alvarado.

The 21-year-old has come up from Double-A Montgomery and played a major role in stabilizing the beleagured Rays bullpen.

Alvarado showed his stuff again Tuesday, taking over in the seventh inning of a 6-4 game and working so impressively in getting three quick outs that Rays manager Kevin Cash and pitching coach Jim Hickey decided to let him start the eighth, and he took care of that, too.

"I think the story of the day is probably Jose Alvarado,'' Cash said. "A young pitcher coming in that we're asking a lot of right now, and he's throwing strikes, he's getting big outs, he picked us up in a big way today.

"Especially the way their lineup matches up with all the lefties. It seems they are left or switch everywhere.''

And the more Cash saw Tuesday, the more he wanted to see. …

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For starters: Rays vs. Indians, with Miller sidelined, at 6:10

Jake Odorizzi is coming off an outing when he didn't have his best stuff but held the Royals to one run over six innings.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Jake Odorizzi is coming off an outing when he didn't have his best stuff but held the Royals to one run over six innings.

UPDATE, 4:38: Miller was scratched from the Rays lineup due to discomfort in his lower abdomen he first felt running late in Monday's game. Miller said the issue is neither a hernia nor an oblique strain and he doesn't know if it will be an ongoing issue, hoping he is well enough to play on Wednesday. ... Daniel Robertson went into the lineup to replace him, with Kiermaier moving up to second. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez was officially slotted into the rotation on Friday, with all starters getting pushed back a day. ... Cash said the double play not getting turned in the first inning Monday was a key play and needed to be. ... RHP Brad Boxberger (flexor strain) threw a 15-pitch bullpen (all fastballs) and Wilson Ramos (right knee surgery) caught him at the Trop, both said to do well.

Here is the new Rays lineup:
Dickerson dh,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Rasmus lf,
Beckham ss,
Robertson 2b,
Norris c,
Odorizzi p


UPDATE, 2:25: The Rays lineup looks pretty much the same as last night:

Dickerson dh,
Miller 2b,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Rasmus lf,
Beckham ss,
Kiermaier cf,
Norris c,
Odorizzi p …

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Rays morning after: Chris Archer says first inning mess already behind him

Chris Archer pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Chris Archer pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Chris Archer hadn't even walked off the Progressive Field mound after the first inning Monday but claimed to have already put the mess he had just made behind him.

The Rays can only hope so.

The five runs he allowed the Indians, due in large part to the three walks and one poorly located 2-0 fastball that Lonnie Chisenhall launched for a three-run homer, matched the worst single inning of his career.

After citing a lack of aggressiveness and the need to excecute better, and blaming himself for the loss in his postgame interview, he figured there was no sense obsessing about it. …

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