Duffy scheduled to start for Royals at Mariners
Kansas City Royals (23-48, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Seattle Mariners (31-44, fifth in the AL West)
Seattle; Monday, 10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.38...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seattle got another chance in the 10th inning, and Dee Gordon ran his way to the win for the Mariners.
Gordon scored on one of Minnesota's five errors, helping the...
Rangers look to end 3-game slide
Texas Rangers (25-26, third in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-32, fifth in the AL West)
Seattle; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Adrian Sampson (2-3, 4.44 ERA,...
SEATTLE (AP) — Daniel Vogelbach provided a preview of what was to come Monday when he launched a batting practice home run into the upper deck in right field at T-Mobile Park.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have recalled outfielder Mallex Smith after a couple of weeks with Triple-A Tacoma to work on his approach at the plate.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges' unusual two-run home run came with an assist from Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith.
Hedges' fly ball to deep center field bounced out of Smith's glove and...
Mariners’ Smith slowed by sore shoulder
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle center fielder Mallex Smith will not participate in early throwing and fielding drills during spring training because of shoulder soreness sustained while throwing in January.
"We'll kind of slow-play him," manager Scott Servais said Friday. "He got a little over-zealous and did a lot of throwing right out of the chute. I think you'll see him swinging in the cage and hitting on the field."
Rays agree to terms with C Zunino, INF Duffy, RHP Roe
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Catcher Mike Zunino, third baseman Matt Duffy and relief pitcher Chaz Roe have agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays and avoided arbitration.
The deals Friday left the Rays with one player proceeding to arbitration, outfielder Tommy Pham. He asked for $4.1 million and was offered $3.5 million.
Mallex Smith dealt to Mariners by Rays for Zunino, Heredia
SEATTLE (AP) — Mallex Smith was made a promise by Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto when he was acquired for a second time by the Mariners after an initial tenure that lasted less than two hours.
"Dipoto didn't guarantee anything, but he said I at least have 78 minutes," Smith joked. "We'll see."
Smith is back with the Mariners as part of a five-player deal between Seattle and Tampa Bay on Thursday that landed the Rays catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia.
Rays shut down Yankees for 6-1 victory
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Lowe went through his first 100 minor league games this season without a clue of what a slump felt like.
Tampa Bay's 24-year-old rookie got a quick dose of it in the majors.
Wednesday night's starter, Jake Faria, even joked that Lowe was nearing Stephen Vogt's major league record of 0-for-32 hitless at-bats to start a career.
Adames, Wendle lead Rays to 3-1 win over Blue Jays
TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays aren't blessed with a bunch of big boppers, but they will burn up the basepaths at every opportunity.
Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run, and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on Saturday, their seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.
Moncada’s double in 10th lifts White Sox over Rays 3-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Yoan Moncada, the Chicago White Sox didn't waste a strong outing by Lucas Giolito.
Moncada hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, lifting the White Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday night.
Nicky Delmonico had a two-out double in the 10th off Jose Alvarado (1-4) and was replaced by pinch-runner Adam Engel. Tim Anderson was intentionally walked, and Moncada hit a liner over left fielder Jake Bauers.
Adames, Bauers homer for Rays in 7-2 win over Angels
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Willy Adames made the most of his first day as Tampa Bay's regular shortstop.
The rookie homered and drove in two runs to lead the Rays to a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Tampa Bay designated slick fielding veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment, clearing the way for Adames to start on a full-time basis.
Adames, Bauers homer for Rays in 7-2 win over Angels
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Willy Adames homered and drove in two runs on the day Tampa Bay gave him the regular shortstop job, leading the Rays to a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Adames drove in a run with a two-out single off Angels starter Nick Tropeano in the fourth inning, then scored on Mallex Smith's triple,
Adames led off the Rays sixth with his fourth home run to make it 4-2.
Dietrich homers twice in Marlins’ 6-5 win over Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Derek Dietrich didn't give himself much of an All-Star break, and on Friday night it paid off.
Dietrich homered twice, including a three-run shot in the seventh inning that broke a tie, to help Dan Straily and the Miami Marlins resume their season with a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duffy saved his best for last.
Duffy's ground ball found a hole between third and short with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday and drove in the game's only run in Tampa Bay's win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
"After seeing that many zeroes, it's definitely awesome to come out on top in that game," Duffy said after a game in which eight pitchers gave up a total of 10 hits.
Rays edge Blue Jays in 9th
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Duffy's RBI single with two outs in the ninth drove in the game's only run in the Tampa Bay Rays' 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who doubled with one out and moved to third base on a ground ball.
Diego Castillo (1-0) got his first major league win after pitching two innings of relief.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three days after shaking up the back of their bullpen by trading away closer Alex Colome, the Tampa Bay Rays finally got their first shutout of the season.
On a day when starter Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, five relievers were equally as effective and held things together to extend the Rays' winning streak to three games.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tampa Bay first baseman Brad Miller has been scratched from Monday's game with a facial contusion after hitting a ball that deflected off a protective screen and struck him near his left eye during batting practice.
Miller was immediately attended to by a team trainer and there was some light bleeding but nothing significant, according to a Rays spokesman.
Tampa Bay didn't announce the change until an hour before the scheduled first pitch.
Hess, Orioles overcome Rays bullpen for 2-0 win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Hess and the Baltimore Orioles made defense the difference in a tight battle against Tampa Bay's hard-working bullpen.
Hess pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Baltimore retired three runners on the bases in the first four innings to beat the Rays 2-0 on Friday night.
Hess (2-1) began his third major league start by allowing a double to Brad Miller, but then he turned around and picked Miller off second base.
Betts powers Red Sox past Rays 4-2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Chris Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Sale (5-1) gave up four hits and walked two. He has allowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 starts, the longest stretch by a Boston pitcher to open a season since Pedro Martinez's 12 in 2001.
Rays beat Twins 8-7 on Zach Duke’s error in 10th
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays stood near their dugout for an agonizing couple of minutes before their victory became official.
Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the winning run from second base in the 10th inning as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from first baseman Joe Mauer on Denard Span's two-out grounder, leading the Rays to an 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
The safe call was upheld after a 2-minute, 16-second video review.
Rays beat Rangers 8-4 to end 4-game losing streak
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — While others might dread the beginning of the work week, Mallex Smith is beginning to love Mondays.
Smith had four hits for the second time in eight days and Blake Snell struck out nine Monday night to help the Tampa Bay Rays stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.
Exactly a week earlier, Smith got four hits in Chicago against the White Sox. This time, he had a double and three singles to raise his batting average to .409.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays finally pulled out a close game to win for the first time since their opener. And they were more than a little relieved to stop the slide.
"You probably can't overstate it," manager Kevin Cash said.
Mallex Smith matched a career-high with four hits, Alex Colome worked out of a jam in the ninth inning and the Rays stopped an eight-game losing streak by hanging on to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on a snowy and soggy Monday.
Stroman gets win, Pearce homers as Jays beat Rays 3-2
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman made sure Tampa Bay's offensive awakening was short-lived.
Stroman pitched 6 1/3 innings, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the struggling Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Stroman (11-6) allowed two runs and six hits to beat the Rays for the first time in five career meetings at Rogers Centre. The right-hander entered 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four home starts against the AL East rivals.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For almost three innings last night, Rick Porcello was a strike-thrower and only a strike-thrower.
He didn’t throw a ball.
Starting with the final two pitches of the third inning until the first pitch of the sixth in the Red Sox’ 8-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays last night, Porcello threw 19 consecutive strikes.
The fifth inning lasted nine pitches — all strikes — as Porcello struck out Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos and Mallex Smith for a rare immaculate inning.
Rangers turn 3 Rays miscues into 4-3 win
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas turned three Tampa Bay miscues into a three-run sixth inning and the Rangers beat the Rays 4-3 on Saturday night.
The Rangers took a 4-3 lead during the decisive sixth when two runs scored after center fielder Mallex Smith misplayed Adrian Beltre's two-out deep fly ball, and Beltre scored on two wild pitches by Chris Archer with Mike Napoli at the plate.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla - This dash to third base was a bit different for Mallex Smith. The Tampa Bay left fielder rushed in to tag out speedy Billy Hamilton after a lengthy rundown, highlighting the Rays' 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. "When you get the fast guy like that, you've got to bring our fast guy and run him down," Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. said. Hamilton stole his major league-leading 31st base in the fourth inning. But he later got trapped when he thought...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This dash to third base was a bit different for Mallex Smith.
The Tampa Bay left fielder rushed in to tag out speedy Billy Hamilton after a lengthy rundown, highlighting the Rays' 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
"When you get the fast guy like that, you've got to bring our fast guy and run him down," Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. said.
Mallex Smith has 3 hits; Rays beat Athletics 5-4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mallex Smith is fitting in nicely with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Smith had three hits and used his speed to set up the go-ahead run and the Rays took three of four from the Oakland Athletics with a 5-4 victory Sunday.
Mallex Smith has 3 hits; Rays beat Athletics 5-4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mallex Smith had three hits and used his speed to set up the go-ahead run and the Tampa Bay Rays took three of four from the Oakland Athletics with a 5-4 victory Sunday.
Smith had a bunt single leading off the seventh and went to third after reliever Daniel Coulombe (0-1) was charged with an error for an errant throw to first that ended up in the right-field corner. Tampa Bay went ahead 5-4 when Corey Dickerson hit a sacrifice fly on the next pitch.
Rays hit 5 homers, beat Athletics 13-4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb enjoyed the view from the mound, and the dugout, too.
Tampa Bay tied a season-high with five home runs, Cobb went six strong innings, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Friday night.
When asked what it was like watching the Rays' offensive onslaught, a joking Cobb said "Score em' a little quicker, so I can get back out there."
Rays hit 5 homers, beat Athletics 13-4
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay tied a season-high with five home runs, Alex Cobb went six strong innings, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Friday night.
Steven Souza Jr., Mallex Smith, Logan Morrison, Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson all homered for the Rays, who have hit four or more homers in a game six times this season. Souza, who entered in a 1-for-24 slide, had three hits and came within a double of hitting for the cycle.
Seattle acquires Drew Smyly as it makes pair of trades
SEATTLE (AP) — Jerry Dipoto's 11th trade this offseason rounded out the Seattle Mariners roster with his top target.
"I've probably spent more time through the course of our offseason trying to acquire Drew Smyly than any other thing that we've done," the general manager said Wednesday.
Freeman homers, extends streak; Braves beat Phillies 7-6
ATLANTA (AP) — A rare burst of Georgia rain following a mostly dry summer helped Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves remain red-hot.
Freeman hit his career-high 33rd homer and stretched his career-best hitting streak to 29 games, helping the Atlanta Braves begin their final homestand at Turner Field with a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.