Jay Bruce returned to the major leagues Saturday, making the New York Yankees' roster at the deadline for decisions on free agents who had gone to spring training with minor league...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Seattle pitchers James Paxton and Felix Hernandez will not make their scheduled starts this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said before Thursday's series opener that Paxton and Hernandez did not accompany the team to Anaheim. Paxton, who was slated to go on Friday, is dealing with pneumonia. Hernandez left last Saturday's game against the Yankees with hamstring tightness.
SEATTLE (AP) — Erasmo Ramirez put a poor outing behind him and returned to his recent form.
Ramirez allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, and the Seattle Mariners' bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way in a 2-1 victory Monday.
Ramirez (2-3) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked none. The right-hander is 2-1 in five starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 12, but he gave up seven runs on nine hits in three innings against the Padres on Aug. 29.
PHOENIX (AP) — Edwin Diaz was thrilled to set a Seattle Mariners franchise record with his 49th save. He's really looking forward to the next one, though.
Maybe a little more than manager Scott Servais — who has promised to match Diaz's funky haircut when his All-Star closer reaches No. 50.
"I want to get my 50 to see the haircut," Diaz said after he closed out Seattle's 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. "If I do it here on the road I will bring the barber."
SEATTLE (AP) — Left-handed starter James Paxton and catcher Mike Zunino are among five players who have agreed to one-year deals with the Seattle Mariners.
Right-handed starter Erasmo Ramirez and relievers David Phelps and Nick Vincent also agreed to deals Friday that will keep them out of arbitration. Seattle has not had a case go to arbitration since 2014.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit two doubles and his 30th home run Friday night and Erasmo Ramirez won his first game for the Seattle Mariners since April 1, 2014, a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Cruz's home run was measured by MLB Statcast at 482 feet, the longest in Tropicana Field history.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays continued to bolster their bullpen for the pennant race on Friday, acquiring reliever Steve Cishek from the Seattle Mariners for versatile right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.
It was a surprising deal between teams that are competing for the same thing, a wild card spot in the American League. Tampa Bay began the day with the second wild card spot in the AL, with Seattle 3 1/2 games behind.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking, two-run single an inning later, helping the Chicago Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) — For a team struggling to get above .500, the Detroit Tigers looked like a pennant contender on Friday night.
The Tigers got 13 hits, including seven for extra bases, and made several key defensive plays in a 13-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
"That might be the best game we've played all year," Ian Kinsler said.
Nicholas Castellanos drove in four runs and Justin Upton drove in three, while Kinsler and Alex Avila homered.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tampa Bay right-hander Erasmo Ramirez became the first pitcher since 1984 to start a major league game the day after recording a save, then didn't make it out of the third inning Monday night.
A day after pitching a perfect 15th inning on 12 pitches in the Rays' 8-6 win at Minnesota, Ramirez allowed four runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings at Texas while throwing 31 of his 43 pitches for strikes.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. decided to loosen up and try something different. It paid off.
Souza homered twice to rally the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Facing the prospect of a lengthy rain delay, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash scratched his starting pitcher and called upon his bullpen for nine innings of work.
The relievers happily — and effectively — completed the task.
Substitute starter Austin Pruitt combined with four pitchers on a two-hitter, and the Rays capitalized on Wade Miley's wildness in a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr.'s simple approach at the plate is working.
Souza came within a single of hitting for the cycle, Erasmo Ramirez and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Detroit 8-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep of the Tigers.
"Just letting my ability play," Souza said. "I can really overthink things, and put a lot of pressure on myself. Throughout the years, I think that's what I've done."
BOSTON (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his start against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after his first pitch of the second inning because of left hamstring tightness.
Odorizzi, who faced four batters in the first, threw a pitch to Mitch Moreland and bent over in apparent pain. After two warmup pitches, he walked slowly off the mound.
Erasmo Ramirez entered and gave up a homer to Moreland on his first pitch.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Defensive whiz Kevin Kiermaier was among nine players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.
Kiermaier agreed to a deal for $2,975,000. He made $514,400 last season while winning his second straight AL Gold Glove Award in center field.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Eddie Rosario had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh inning, Miguel Sano homered and had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Friday night.
Rosario's seventh homer put the Twins up 3-2 after Erasmo Ramirez walked Eduardo Escobar.
Sano got his 16th homer off Ramirez (7-9) in the eighth. Joe Mauer drove in two more runs with a double in the ninth for the Twins, who have won seven of nine.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Erasmo Ramirez knew immediately that Athletics slugger Billy Butler made good contact on the 0-1 fastball the Rays reliever threw.
Ramirez just didn't know how good — and on a day in which Tampa Bay's offense slumbered through most of the game, it turned out to be just enough to send manager Kevin Cash's ballclub spiraling to a third consecutive loss.
Butler hit a tiebreaking home run off Ramirez with one out in the eighth inning and the...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp singled home the winning run in the 13th inning for his eighth career game-ending RBI, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night.
Ryon Healy doubled to start the rally against Dylan Floro (0-1), and both Healy and Crisp tossed their batting helmets in the air after the win that took 3 hours, 31 minutes.
John Axford (4-3) pitched the 12th and 13th innings for the win.