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Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings (knee) will not return to the Rays in 2014, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Although Jennings has reported feeling better of late, he hasn't improved enough to warrant a return during the season's final week. With the Rays securely out of the playoff contention, there would be little reason to rush him back anyway. Rather than travel with the team for their final six-game road trip, Jennings will remain in Tampa Bay, where he'll continue to undergo treatment with the hopes of getting fully healthy for 2015. His knee injury has kept him out of action since Aug. 29, limiting the outfielder to 123 games this year. When healthy, Jennings was able to post a .244/.319/.378 slash line, but his 15 steals represented a four-year low. He should have a starting outfield job heading into next year, but it's currently unclear how the recent ailment will affect his status in the offseason, where he'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karns worked into the sixth inning of Sunday's loss to the White Sox, allowing six earned runs on five hits and two walks while collecting five strikeouts.
Impact: Obviously unable to follow up on his stellar performance from nine days ago, Karns struggled to keep the ball in the yard Sunday. Though the White Sox only managed five hits off of the Rays' right-hander, three of them found the seats. Karns could be an option to start next Sunday's season finale in Cleveland.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Archer tossed 6 1-3 scoreless innings Saturday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: Archer (10-8, 3.42 ERA) allowed two hits and walked four. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in his last three starts.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franklin is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Impact: Franklin hit his first home run as a Ray on Saturday, but he will not start Sunday as the Rays employ a lineup heavy on right-handed hitters against White Sox starter John Danks. Logan Forsythe will man second base for the Rays on Sunday.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kiermaier is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Impact: Kiermaier will be held out with the Rays going with a righty-heavy lineup against White Sox starter John Danks. Ben Zobrist will cover center field for the Rays in Kiermaier's place.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franklin finished 2-for-3, with a two-run homer to lead the Rays to a victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Impact: Not only was it Franklin's first home run with Tampa Bay since being traded from Seattle in the David Price trade, but it was also his first home run of the season. The 23-year-old is batting .455 in 11 at-bats over four games with the Rays.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGee picked up his 18th save of the season, giving up two walks, a hit, and a run while striking out one in the ninth inning Saturday against the White Sox.
Impact: McGee had blown three of his last four save opportunities prior to Saturday, but he was given a 3-0 cushion in the ninth before Marcus Semien hit an RBI single, the first White Sox hit after the fourth inning. McGee finished the inning with a save, but the Rays were unable to complete an MLB-leading 22nd shutout.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Archer pitched scoreless ball through 6.1 innings, giving up only two hits and four walks while striking out three in a win over the White Sox on Saturday.
Impact: In his last three starts, Archer is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA. His next and final start of the season will be Friday at Cleveland.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers isn't in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: With another hitless outing Friday, Myers is now batting just .203 since his late August return from the DL. He'll sit Saturday in favor of Matt Joyce in right field, but Myers will still make for an intriguing bounce-back candidate heading into 2015.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boxberger (personal) will be back with the Rays on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Boxberger has been unavailable for the Rays since Friday as he was away for the birth of his child. Since his absence wasn't health related, he'll be a viable option out of the bullpen Sunday.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Hellickson failed to get through the fifth inning for the third time in his last five starts on Friday.
Impact: Hellickson allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. "It's definitely no fun when you come to the park and you know you're not going to be playing in October," he said after the Rays were eliminated.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hellickson labored through 4.1 innings against the White Sox on Friday night, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while recording just one strikeout.
Impact: Hellickson has struggled mightily with command as of late and that has predictably led to lackluster results. Over his last five outings, the Rays' righty has posted a 6.17 ERA and 1.84 WHIP while issuing a dozen free passes across 23.1 innings. Hellickson could be in line for one more turn in the rotation, which would likely come Thursday versus the Red Sox or during next weekend's series in Cleveland.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boxberger will be unavailable to pitch Friday, as his wife had a child Thursday. Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports
Impact: Boxberger has been outstanding this season, taking over the ninth inning recently and compiling a 2.29 ERA over 61 appearances for the Rays. The Rays will look elsewhere if a save situation arises in his absence, which may come to an end during the weekend series with the White Sox.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joyce is not in the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: With lefty Jose Quintana on the bump for Chicago, Joyce will head to the bench as Ben Zobrist fills in at left field. Joyce is batting just .132/.195/.132 this month, but he should continue to play regularly against right-handers over the final week-plus.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanigan is out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for Hanigan, following back-to-back starts in the final two games against the Yankees. Jose Molina will step in to catch starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Longoria went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Longoria is going through a bit of a power surge here in the last month of an otherwise frustrating campaign. Over his last 14 games, dating back to Sept. 3, the three-time All-Star has slugged .554 while belting five homers and driving in a dozen runs.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cobb (9-8) tossed six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks while recording three strikeouts.
Impact: Although it's still a quality start, the outing ended a streak of 12 consecutive starts in which he allowed two earned runs or less. The Rays' right-hander has been one of the AL's top pitchers of the second half, posting an outstanding 1.51 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 across 77.1 innings. Cobb will likely be back on the mound next Wednesday in Boston.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar is not in the lineup Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
Impact: With Nick Franklin up with the Rays, it's possible that Escobar could see fewer at-bats down the stretch. Ben Zobrist will start at shortstop Wednesday, with Franklin playing second.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.
Impact: Myers has recorded just one hit in his last four games (15 at-bats), so manager Joe Maddon will turn to Matt Joyce to start in right field Tuesday. The 23-year-old Myers started all but one of the team's first 14 games of September and should continue playing close to everyday over the final two weeks.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zobrist went 2-for-5 with an RBI Monday against the Yankees.
Impact: Zobrist won the game in the bottom of the ninth for the Rays in what was a scoreless game heading into the inning. He has hit well of late as he is 5-for-13 with one home run, two RBI and two runs scored over his last three games.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colome did not record a decision Monday against the Yankees as he allowed six hits and one walk to go along with four strikeouts in 6.2 scoreless innings.
Impact: The Rays think highly of Colome and called him up to join their rotation down the stretch. Although he didn't see much action in the major leagues this season, he could work his way into the starting rotation discussion next season with a strong finish to 2014.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays.
Impact: Escobar has been on a roll at the dish recently, as the veteran shortstop has now put up four multi-hit performances across his last eight games. During this stretch, Escobar has gone 12-for-29 overall with three doubles, three homers and seven RBI.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Archer tossed seven strong innings versus the Blue Jays on Sunday, allowing just one run on three hits and three walks while racking up nine strikeouts.
Impact: After a three-start skid that saw him surrender 16 earned runs on 27 hits across 16.1 innings, Archer got back on track Sunday afternoon. The young righty turned in six scoreless frames against the Blue Jays before giving up a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh. The Rays' bullpen squandered Archer's bid for his 10th victory of the season, but he is slated to get another attempt Saturday versus the White Sox.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Loney is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Loney will get a day off as the Rays go with a righty-heavy lineup against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle. Sean Rodriguez will get the start at first base in Loney's place.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Riefenhauser will be recalled from Triple-A Durham, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: After putting together an impressive campaign for Durham that included a 1.40 ERA and 8.3 K/9 across 57.2 innings, Riefenhauser will make his way to the big leagues for the second time this season. The 24-year-old lefty will most likely spend the rest of the year pitching in a middle-relief role for the Rays.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colome will be called up from Triple-A Durham to start Monday's game versus the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Now that Triple-A Durham's season has come to an end, Colome will head up to the big leagues to finish the 2014 campaign with the Rays. The 25-year-old righty will be on the bump Monday night in place of another rookie hurler, as Jake Odorizzi has already logged 159 innings this season and is likely to be limited the rest of the way. Colome is one of the Rays' top young arms and has posted a solid 2.45 ERA while allowing just 19 hits across 25.2 innings at the major league level during the past two years. However, those numbers have been accompanied by an unsightly 15:16 K:BB ratio.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franklin has been called up from Triple-A Durham, Bob Sutton of the Burlington Times-News reports.
Impact: Acquired from the Mariners as part of the David Price deal back on July 31, Franklin will make his way up to the big league roster now that Durham's season has come to an end. The versatile 23-year-old has 119 games of experience in the majors over the last two years, posting a .214/.291/.358 slash line with a dozen homers.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanigan is not in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Hanigan will sit in favor of Jose Molina for the second time in three days, with an early afternoon game on tap following a night game. The 34-year-old Hanigan homered Friday for the first time since June 16 and is now batting .305 since his return from the DL.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanigan went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays.
Impact: In a fairly rare display of power, Hanigan provided the only run of this contest with his third-inning blast off of Blue Jays' lefty J.A. Happ. The veteran catcher has been swinging the bat well so far here in the season's last month, going 8-for-25 with five RBI across 10 games (seven starts).
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karns logged seven scoreless frames versus the Blue Jays on Friday night, surrendering just two hits and a couple of walks while striking out eight en route to his first major league victory.
Impact: Despite an impressive 9.5 K/9, Karns only managed a mediocre 5.08 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 27 starts for Triple-A Durham this season. However, his first outing at the big league level in 2014 provided a different story altogether, as the 26-year-old righty was nothing short of dominant in the typically hitter friendly environment of Toronto's Rogers Centre. Karns is currently filling what was Drew Smyly's spot in the Rays' rotation and figures to remain there through the end of the campaign. He is slated to be back on the bump Wednesday versus the Yankees.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Escobar hit two home runs in Thursday's loss to the New York Yankees.
Impact: Escobar is 8 for 17 with six RBIs over his last five games.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wagner (elbow) signed a two-year, minor league deal with the Rays on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Wagner, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August, likely won't be able to pitch again until the summer of 2015. He made 10 appearances for Toronto this season, allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits in 10.0 innings. Two seasons ago, he went 2-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 36 appearances.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers and four RBI in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Escobar absolutely terrorized Michael Pineda, hitting a three-run homer off of the young starter in the fourth inning and later adding a solo shot in the seventh. Not known for his power, it was Escobar's first home run since June 16. He plays nearly every day, but there's not too much to be excited about, with a batting average of just .253 and very little pop.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cobb took a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday, but was fantastic, allowing just one hit and one run in 7.1 innings. He issued a couple of walks and struck out four.
Impact: Cobb had a no-hitter through the first seven innings, but was pulled after giving up a one-out double to Chris Young, who eventually scored off of reliever Brad Boxberger. He was still in line for the win, but closer Jake McGee surrendered three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The underrated Cobb has been superb in his last 13 starts, not allowing more than two runs in any of those outings, while going 5-1 during that stretch. He's scheduled for just one appearance next week, but start him with confidence, as he'll take on the Yankees again at home.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGee blew the save against the Yankees on Thursday, allowing three runs and two hits while retiring just one batter.
Impact: McGee got off to an ominous start, hitting the first batter he faced. After a double and strikeout, McGee served up a three-run homer to Chris Young. McGee has been dominant this season, so unless he puts up several duds in a row, we wouldn't worry about Thursday's hiccup.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zobrist went 1-for-5 with a single and one run scored in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Zobrist reached a respectable milestone in Wednesday's contest, as the versatile veteran's first-inning single gave him 1,000 hits for his MLB career. Zobrist has put together a decent September so far, posting a .364 OBP with five runs scored while serving as the leadoff man in all of the Rays' nine games this month.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Rodriguez ended an 0-for-14 skid with a fourth-inning double in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Yankees. The 29-year-old utility man has seen his playing time drastically dwindle over the last couple of weeks and figures to provide little fantasy value the rest of the way.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joyce is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Joyce almost never enters the lineup against opposing lefty starters, so he'll unsurprisingly be on the bench with southpaw Chris Capuano twirling for the Yanks. Sean Rodriguez will bump Joyce from the lineup, assuming the DH duties for the Rays.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kiermaier is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: With lefty Chris Capuano on the mound for the Yankees, manager Joe Maddon will counter with a lineup consisting of eight right-handed batters, with Kiermaier moving to the bench as a consequence. Valued primarily for his glove heading into the season, Kiermaier has surprisingly proven capable at the dish this season as well, slashing .272/.324/.472 with 10 homers and five stolen bases over 319 plate appearances.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Odorizzi struggled mightily Wednesday, giving up six earned runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4.1 innings against the Yankees.
Impact: Odorizzi's scoreless innings streak ended at 14.1 in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday, and he was unable to sustain another such streak as the game went on. He'll take the mound again Monday against the Yankees and will make a second start next week against the White Sox.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Loney went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in Tuesday's 4-3 win at Yankee Stadium.
Impact: Loney appears to be in a groove, going 7 for 10 with two homers in his last two games.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karns was recalled by the Rays on Wednesday.
Impact: Karns is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Blue Jays in place of Drew Smyly, who was shut down for the season after hitting his innings limit. Karns struggled in three starts with the Nationals last season, allowing 10 earned runs in just 12 innings of work, including five home runs. He will get another crack at it Friday, and will likely finish the remainder of the season in the Rays' rotation.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Escobar sat out Sunday's game for an unspecified reason, but he is set to return to action Tuesday night. Escobar will shortstop and bat seventh against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Archer (9-8) beat the Yankees on Tuesday, tossing 6.1 innings of three-run, seven-hit ball. He also struck out three and didn't issue a walk.
Impact: This was a solid road outing for the third-year big leaguer, who showed a lot of resiliency in not issuing any free passes despite getting behind more than half (13-of-25) batters with first-pitch balls. Archer's ERA is now at 3.63 to go with a 63:155 BB:K this season, numbers he'll look to build upon further when he squares off against the Blue Jays in his next start Sunday.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays are ending Drew Smyly's season after 153 innings.
Impact: With the Rays out of contention, they told the 25-year-old left-hander of their decision before Tuesday night's game at the New York Yankees. Smyly was 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA, including 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA since he was acquired from Detroit on July 31 as part of a three-team trade that sent ace David Price from the Rays to the Tigers. Smyly's previous high was 126 innings for Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie in 2011.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karns will be recalled to start Friday's game for the Rays, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.
Impact: Drew Smyly was just shut down for the season as he was approaching his innings limit for the season, so the Rays will be looking for someone to fill his spot in the rotation down the stretch. Karns will get the first crack at it Friday against the Blue Jays. In 145.1 innings with Triple-A Durham, Karns has disappointed to the tune of a 5.08 ERA. Still, with the Rays out of the postseason hunt, now is as good a time as ever to see what he has against big-league hitters. Back when Karns was with the Nationals in 2013, he made three major league starts, posting a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings, so it's hard to find reasons to be optimistic about his impending trip to the big leagues.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smyly will be shut down for the remainder of the season, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.
Impact: This shouldn't come as a big surprise, as he has logged 153 innings this season, and the Rays had previously stated that he would be limited to 150-160 innings. He'll enter 2014 with a firm hold on a spot in the Rays' starting rotation, after posting a 3.24 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP between Detroit and Tampa Bay this season. He also posted an impressive 133:42 K:BB ratio in his 153 innings, so while he may never have above average strikeout potential, he won't be a non-factor in the category, and should have no problem maintaining a strong WHIP. The Rays have yet to announce who will replace him in the starting rotation for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moore (elbow), on Tuesday, completed his first throwing session since recovering from Tommy John surgery, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Moore made 25 throws from about 45 feet Tuesday. It's not clear how he felt afterward, but he was reportedly smiling during the session, so it's safe to assume things went well. It's not clear when he will be ready to pitch next season, but consider his recovery on track.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guyer is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Bay Times.
Impact: Guyer started three of the last four games in left field, but he will be held out Tuesday. Matt Joyce will man left field for the Rays with Guyer opening on the bench.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Loney went 4 for 6 with his eighth home run in Sunday's 7-5, 11-inning loss to the Orioles.
Impact: Loney matched a season high with the four hits after going 4 for 25 in his previous seven contests.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Longoria went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Longoria had been 3 for 18 over his previous five contests. He has 18 home runs and 81 RBIs on the season.