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Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Franklin, whom the Mariners dealt to the Rays on Thursday, will be sent to Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Franklin appeared in only 17 games for the Mariners this season, spending most of the year at Triple-A Tacoma, where he hit .294 with 47 RBI and nine home runs in 279 at-bats. He'll begin his Rays career in the minors but is one of the top candidates to be called up.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Tigers traded Smyly to the Rays on Thursday as part of a three-team deal with the Mariners, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Smyly allowed four runs on 11 hits in five innings Thursday afternoon before being traded. This was splashy trade for Detroit just minutes prior to the deadline, as they acquired David Price from the Rays. Smyly will join Tampa along with Nick Franklin, with Austin Jackson headed to Seattle. The left-handed Smyly has posted a 3.93 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 21 appearances (18 starts) this season, but he's still just 25 and isn't eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Mariners traded Franklin to the Rays on Thursday as part of a three-team trade with the Tigers, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: The blockbuster sees David Price head to the Tigers and Austin Jackson go to Seattle just minutes prior to Thursday's trade deadline. Franklin will be afforded a much-overdue change of scenery with the move to Tampa after batting .294/.392/.455 in 75 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season. With Ben Zobrist locked in at second base for the Rays, Franklin will likely play primarily at short.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Zobrist went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Milwaukee.
Impact: Zobrist is 10 for 20 with two homers, four RBIs, five runs scored and two steals over the last six games.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Cobb struck out a season-high 12 over eight innings of one-run ball to beat Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Impact: After a disappointing start to the year, Cobb is 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in his last six outings.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guyer is not in the lineup Wednesday for the series finale against the Brewers.
Impact: Guyer will hand the start to Matt Joyce, who will play in left field rather than serving in his normal role as the designated hitter. Joyce will bat in the three hole for the Rays.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zobrist went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored, while slugging his ninth home run of the year and also adding a double in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.
Impact: Zobrist has been sizzling hot in his last five games, going 9-for-16 with two home runs, one double and four RBI. He now sports a solid .271/.361/.421 slash line in 354 at-bats this year.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cobb tossed a gem against the Brewers on Tuesday, pitching eight innings and allowing just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters to pick up his seventh win (7-6) of the year.
Impact: Cobb has won three games in a row, while allowing just three runs in his last 20.2 innings. As we head into August, Cobb is settling into quite a groove and has now lowered his ERA from 4.39 to 3.54 in his last 10 starts. He is next scheduled to take the mound Monday in Oakland.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Price says he hopes to stay with the team as the trade deadline approaches.
Impact: Price said before Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee that "hopefully" he'll remain with the Rays. He said that we'll "have some answers here in the next couple of days."
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanigan (oblique) is still experiencing soreness and will not go on a rehab assignment until this weekend, at the earliest, 620 WDAE in Tampa Bay reports.
Impact: Hanigan, who is taking batting practice Tuesday, has apparently suffered a minor setback, as there was initially a chance he could be activated in advance of this weekend's series against the Angels. Instead, he'll get a few days of extra rest before potentially heading out to High-A Port Charlotte to begin a brief rehab stint. At this point, it appears likely Hanigan returns to the Rays around the middle of next week.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers (wrist) is slated to take batting practice Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Friday is the day we figure things out," Myers said. "Saturday is BP."
Impact: Myers, who has not played since late-May, remains on target for a mid-August return. He began hitting off a tee last week and is not experiencing any major discomfort. Saturday's BP session should be very telling, as a successful showing could mean a rehab assignment is in his near future.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta (illness) was activated from the disabled list Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Finally over the illness that he picked up during a vacation to Dominican Republic over the All-Star break, Peralta will retake his place in late-inning relief. His subpar campaign has so far included a 4.15 ERA, 1.231 WHIP, and 44:12 K:BB in 39 frames.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGee earned his 12th save of the season Monday against the Brewers as he recorded two strikeouts in one perfect inning.
Impact: McGee continues to pitch well and is now accumulating saves quickly with Tampa Bay's recent run of success. He has been a reliable closer option of late and the Rays will continue to look to him to provide the stability that Grant Balfour was unable to give them at the end of games.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Odorizzi won Monday against the Brewers as he pitched seven innings and allowed one run and three hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Impact: Odorizzi continues to pitch well as he has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts, lowering his ERA from 5.31 to 3.80 over that stretch. The Rays are playing well of late and Odorizzi has been a big part of their success.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Archer gave up a three-run homer to David Ortiz in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Boston.
Impact: Archer fell to 6-6 with a 3.37 ERA on the season. He's 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his last three home starts.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment.
Impact: Bedard was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games, including 15 starts. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanigan (oblique) will take batting practice Tuesday, Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Assuming all goes well with the batting session, Hanigan will then head out for back-to-back rehab games at High-A Port Charlotte. The Rays are tentatively planning to activate him in advance of their series with the Angels beginning Friday.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Rays designated Bedard for assignment Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: In order to free up a spot for reliever Joel Peralta (illness) following his activation from the DL, Bedard was the fall guy, which isn't a shock since he's pitched a mere two times since the calendar flipped to July. In 17 outings (15 starts) this season, Bedard racked up a 4-6 record, 4.76 ERA, and 1.49 WHIP in 75.2 innings. However, his 7.61 K/9 should endear him to another organization in search of starting pitching.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Archer pitched effectively Sunday, allowing three runs through six innings on 106 pitches, but was unable to lead the Rays to a weekend sweep over the Red Sox. He made one costly mistake, serving up a three-run homer to David Ortiz in the third, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Impact: Archer finished July with a 3.86 ERA, two wins and 18 strikeouts in four starts. His line for the month doesn't quite match up with his stellar June, when he posted a 1.95 ERA over 37 innings, but is solid nonetheless. The young righty needs to continue pitching well to take some of the pressure off David Price as the Rays will try to stay hot and get back into the playoff race.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Hellickson did not get a decision as the Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Saturday night.
Impact: Hellickson, coming back from right elbow surgery and making his second start this season, gave up five hits over 4 2-3 innings. This is a positive step for fantasy owners.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Joyce was 2 for 3 on Saturday.
Impact: Joyce is batting .326 in his last 14 games with a .854 OPS.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Escobar was 2 for 4 on Saturday.
Impact: Escobar is 12 for 37 in his last 10 games.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Kiermaier was 2 for 4 on Saturday.
Impact: Kiermaier has fantasy potential with a .915 OPS.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Molina is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Molina has caught four straight games for the Rays, but will give way to Curt Casali on Sunday afternoon. Molina's defense will continue to get him consistent starts, but the 39-year-old is hitting below the Mendoza line and only has two extra-base hits on the season.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hellickson pitched 4.2 scoreless innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Red Sox. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out five.
Impact: Hellickson actually departed the game with a 2-0 lead, so had he been able to last the full five innings required for a win, he would have earned his first victory on the season. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old has looked steady in his two starts this year after a lengthy recovery from elbow surgery, allowing just a single earned run while walking three and fanning seven in nine innings against Kansas City and Boston. Hellickson is next scheduled to toe the bump Friday against the Angels.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Rays designated Oviedo for assignment Saturday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Oviedo was outstanding in May, allowing just one earned run in 13 innings, but he's given up nine runs in 14.2 innings since. The overall numbers are by no means terrible (3.69 ERA, 1.36 WHIP), but the team had to create room for Saturday's starter Jeremy Hellickson and Oviedo was the roster casualty.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Price won his sixth straight start in Friday's 6-4 victory over the Red Sox, giving up three runs over eight innings with 10 strikeouts.
Impact: Price has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over his last six starts, going 6-0 while posting a 1.31 ERA.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from Single-A Charlotte and designated reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment.
Impact: Oviedo went 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 32 games.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from Single-A Charlotte and designated reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment.
Impact: The moves were announced Saturday. Hellickson, coming back from right elbow surgery in January, was brought back to make his second big league start of the season Saturday night against Boston. He was optioned to the minors on July 13 to stay on a regular schedule when the Rays needed just four starters due to a number of off days.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joyce is not in the lineup Friday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Joyce is 4-for-11 with two homers in his career against lefty John Lester, Friday's starter for Boston, but manager Joe Maddon has stuck to his guns as far as sitting Joyce against southpaws and that doesn't figure to change anytime soon. Brandon Guyer will draw the start in left and bat third, as Sean Rodriguez serves as the designated hitter.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta (illness) said he's feeling "much better" Friday, and he will throw a bullpen session, 620 WDAE's Steve Carney reports.
Impact: This isn't a big deal for fantasy purposes, as Peralta really only has value in holds leagues, but it sounds like he'll come off the DL when first eligible on July 28.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smyly (6-9) pitched 5.2 strong innings on Friday against the Angels, striking out 11 hitters while giving up just four hits and two runs, but took the loss.
Impact: The Angels hitters didn't get to Smyly until the sixth inning, as he was on fire early on, striking out eight of the first 10 hitters he faced. He next takes the mound on Thursday against the White Sox.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zobrist was 4-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI in the Rays' win over Boston on Friday night.
Impact: He has helped the Rays reel off eight straight wins and the whole lineup is swinging the bats with more confidence as they enjoy their recent success. Still hitting just .266 with a modest 28 RBI, there is certainly room for more upward adjustment in his output going forward.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Longoria had just one hit in four at-bats, but it was a based-loaded double that plated three runs and propelled the Rays to a win over the Red Sox on Friday night.
Impact: Like virtually all of the Tampa Bay bats, his was quiet for much of the season until recently. Now on a hot streak, the Rays are winning, and he has now accumulated 53 RBI on the year.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a two-run home run in a win over Boston on Friday night.
Impact: Like many of the Rays, he had a sluggish first half at the plate, but he has come on of late and now has nine home runs and 26 RBI to go with an improving .249 average as the team looks to salvage what looked just a couple of week ago to be a lost season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers (wrist) hit off a tee Friday for the first time since his injury, the Tampa Bay Times' Matt Baker reports.
Impact: He had recently started light throwing and still remains on track for a mid-August return to the Rays' lineup.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Cobb won for the fourth time in five starts Wednesday, allowing five hits over seven innings in a 3-0 victory at St. Louis.
Impact: Cobb is 4-0 with a 3.07 ERA in five starts since being charged with six runs in a loss to Pittsburgh on June 23.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hellickson will be called back up from the minors to start for the Rays on Saturday, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: After making his season debut for the Rays back on July 8, Hellickson was sent down to the minors in order to maintain a typical work schedule during the All-Star break. The 27-year-old hurler will square off with the Red Sox on Saturday night and should remain a part of manager Joe Maddon's rotation the rest of the way.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers (wrist) has recently started light throwing and is looking to make a mid-August return, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Myers has finally been cleared to resume baseball activities, as he's now throwing and batting in small quantities. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 17, but he's still eligible to return to game action on July 30. Myers should be back around mid-to-late August, barring any setbacks in his recovery.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.
Impact: Jennings started the year off slow, but has been hitting better of late. In July, the outfielder is slashing .311/.364/.475, but hasn't been running (zero stolen bases) or hitting for power (one home run).
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGee struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the Cardinals for his ninth save of the season.
Impact: Even though he hasn't been named as such, McGee has earned the full-time role as closer in Tampa. Owners can feel confident he will get the call in the ninth for now. The 27-year-old has a 1.40 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and is striking out 11.6 batter per nine innings.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cobb (6-6) hurled seven shutout innings against the Cardinals in a 3-0 win Wednesday. He scattered five hits and struck out 10.
Impact: If tossing his best outing of the season wasn't enough, the 26-year-old notched his first career hit in the second inning. It was the first hit by a Cobb in the major leagues since Ty Cobb's (no relation) final knock on September 3, 1928. The right-hander was hit by a Lance Lynn pitch in the fourth inning, but stayed in the game finished strong. He will face the Brewers on Tuesday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar was ejected from Wednesday's game in the fourth inning for arguing a called third strike.
Impact: Escobar was making his way down to first base when umpire Dan Bellino rang him up, and he gave Bellino an earful afterward. It resulted in an ejection for Escobar, but the outburst is highly unlikely to warrant discipline from the league.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings to win 7-2 at St. Louis on Tuesday.
Impact: Odorizzi is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in his last six starts.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sands underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn sheath in his left wrist Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: He's expected to require at least three months of recovery time due to the injury. Sands is just a utility type when healthy, and considering the severity of his injury, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Rays non-tendered him this offseason.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Odorizzi pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight batters in picking up his sixth win (6-8) of the year Tuesday in the Rays' 7-2 victory over the Cardinals.
Impact: Although he was one out from a quality start Tuesday, Odorizzi, nonetheless, has been pitching great for nearly two months. Odorizzi has given up no more than three runs in his last eight starts (allowing just 13 earned runs in 49 innings pitched). He now has a 3.18 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the year. Odorizzi will make his next start Monday at home against the Brewers.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Longoria went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while clubbing his 12th home run of the year Tuesday in the Rays' 7-2 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: Longoria has been catching fire of late, going 7-for-20 in his last five game with six RBI and three runs scored. However, it's been mostly a struggle this year for Longoria (at least by his standards), as his .262/.336/.400 slash line can attest to. If his .736 OPS stands as it, it would be the worst mark of his career.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment.
Impact: Peralta missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 games earlier this year.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beliveau was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Beliveau will give the Rays an extra arm in middle relief, after Joel Peralta landed on the DL while he continues to experience viral symptoms. The 27-year-old Beliveau has made two previous appearances with the Rays this season, tossing a scoreless frame on each occasion.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta (illness) was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Peralta continues to experience fever and tiredness after contracting the chikungunya virus, which he believes occurred when he was bitten by a mosquito while in the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break. Victims of the virus usually experience symptoms for 7-to-10 days, with Peralta perhaps requiring some additional time beyond that period to regain some energy. In the meantime, the Rays will add Triple-A reliever Jeff Beliveau to their bullpen.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta is still battling fatigue and soreness from the chikungunya virus he contracted from a mosquito over the All-Star break while visiting Venezuela, and the symptoms are severe enough that the Rays are expected to place him on the DL, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Peralta was held out of the Rays' game Sunday and has not made an appearance since the Saturday prior to the break. While Peralta has a good strikeout rate thus far, fanning 44 batters in 39 innings, he owns an undesirable 4.15 ERA. The potential call-ups if Peralta does indeed hit the DL include Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke, Jeff Beliveau and C.J Riefenhauser.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Archer allowed three runs - one earned - over 6 1-3 innings to win 5-3 at Minnesota on Sunday.
Impact: Archer owns a 1.87 ERA over his last seven road starts, a stretch during which he's gone 3-2.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Kiermaier went 1 for 2 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 5-3 win at Minnesota.
Impact: Kiermaier is batting .432 with five extra-base hits and 11 RBIs over an 11-game stretch.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beckham (knee) played in his first rehab game with the Rays' rookie-level Gulf Coast League squad Monday, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
Impact: After tearing his ACL while working out in the offseason, Beckham will require a lengthy rehab assignment across multiple affiliates. The knee injury ruined the former No. 1 pick's chances of winning an Opening Day roster spot with the Rays, but if he proceeds well in his recovery, he could be an option for the big club in September.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Price was at it again in Saturday's 5-1 win at Minnesota.
Impact: Price allowed four hits and struck out nine over eight scoreless innings. He's won five consecutive starts behind a remarkable 0.90 ERA.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Longoria went 2-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Twins.
Impact: Longoria has come out of the All-Star break swinging a hot bat for the Rays. After going 5-for-13 with three doubles this weekend versus the Twins, the 28-year-old slugger could be currently paving the way for a big second half.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Archer turned in a solid 6.1 innings Sunday afternoon, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four in a 5-3 win over the Twins.
Impact: Archer continued his strong work for the Rays over the past couple of months. The 25-year-old hurler appeared to be headed for a so-called sophomore slump as his ERA through eight outings this season stood at a lofty 5.16. However, Archer has turned things around in a big way and is on an impressive 12-start run that dates back to May 16. Over that span, he has posted a 2.18 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 across 74.1 innings. Fantasy owners who were patient with the hard-throwing righty have obviously been rewarded.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smyly delivered a gem Sunday for the Tigers to help the team avoid a sweep at the hands of the division-rival Indians. He struck out six batters and walked two in seven innings. His lone mistake was serving up a solo shot to Yan Gomes in the seventh.
Impact: Smyly improved to 6-8 on the season following Sunday's victory, his first quality start since June 24 against the Rangers. He showed great command, throwing 19 first-pitch strikes. Smyly's strikeout rate has regressed this season with him in a nearly-full-time rotation role, but he has maintained a respectable 3.80 ERA in his 16 starts.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peralta is dealing with an illness and is unavailable out of the Rays' bullpen Sunday, 620 WDAE's Steve Carney reports.
Impact: It's been a down year for Peralta, as he has an ERA over 4.00 for the first time since 2009, when he pitched for the Rockies, so this news likely doesn't have much fantasy impact. Consider him day-to-day.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGee notched his eighth save Saturday night, retiring both batters he faced to preserve a 5-1 lead against the Twins.
Impact: Though there has still been no official announcement, it seems safe to say that manager Joe Maddon is becoming more and more comfortable with McGee as his go-to guy in save situations. Dating back to June 27, the hard-throwing lefty has successfully converted all seven of his save chances while posting a 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and impeccable 16:0 K:BB ratio across 10 innings. McGee has picked up the last five saves out of the Rays' bullpen and should receive plenty of opportunities going forward.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Longoria went 2 for 4 with three RBIs in Friday's 6-2 win at Minnesota.
Impact: Hopefully Longoria can pick it up after a lackluster first half.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Cobb allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings to win 6-2 at Minnesota on Friday.
Impact: Cobb has made it through seven innings just three times in 14 starts. He'll carry a 4.08 ERA into his next outing.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kiermaier isn't in the lineup Saturday at Minnesota.
Impact: After a tortoise-like start to the month -- 0-for-his-first-15 -- Kiermaier has been hitting the cover off the ball ever since, posting a premier .441 average (15-for-34), one homer, two triples, two doubles, 11 RBI, eight runs, one steal, and two walks versus four strikeouts. Alas, he'll yield right field to Ben Zobrist, while Brandon Guyer takes on left.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joyce is out of the lineup Saturday in Minnesota.
Impact: Joyce appears to be getting back on track at the plate, recording hits in six of his last seven contests. During that span, he's batted .292 (7-for-24) with one home run, six RBI, two runs scored, and two walks versus nine strikeouts. Nonetheless, he'll be relieved at DH by Sean Rodriguez, who is batting ninth in the order.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a couple of walks and two runs scored in Friday's 6-2 win versus the Twins.
Impact: The All-Star break did little to slow down Zobrist, as the switch-hitting veteran continued a strong month at the plate with this performance. Over 13 games in July, Zobrist has hit .360 with a .450 OBP, eight RBI and seven runs scored.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cobb put together a solid 5.2 innings against the Twins on Friday night, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out a couple en route to his fifth win of the season.
Impact: Though Cobb has not been working extremely deep into games as of late, he has registered three victories out of his last four starts. Over that stretch, the Rays' right-hander has gone 3-0 while posting a 4.03 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 17-to-6 K/BB ratio across 22.1 innings. Cobb is currently slated to be back atop the mound Wednesday in St. Louis.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Rays selected Casali from Triple-A Durham to fill in for the injured Ryan Hanigan and back up Jose Molina.
Impact: The 25-year-old Casali was in the lineup against the Twins on Friday, making his major league debut. He singled in his first at-bat.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on his left side.
Impact: Hanigan's DL stint is retroactive to July 9. The Rays hoped he would return after the All-Star break, but the oblique injury didn't make enough improvement.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guyer is not in the lineup Friday, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.
Impact: He had been the regular starter in left field prior to the All-Star break, but Ben Zobrist will replace him in the outfield with Yunel Escobar playing shortstop.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Forsythe is not in the lineup Friday, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.
Impact: Cole Figueroa will get the start at second base Friday. Despite seeing semi-regular playing time, Forsythe is still a fringe option in standard leagues.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings (knee) is back in the lineup Friday, the Tampa Tribune's R. Mooney reports.
Impact: He missed the last two games before the All-Star break with the knee injury, but after a week off, he can be considered healthy moving forward. He'll bat leadoff and play center field Friday.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers (wrist) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: With Myers not expected back until mid-August, the move to the 60-day DL doesn't do much to change his predicament, since the stint has a retroactive date of July 30. Myers still has yet to receive clearance to resume baseball activities.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanigan (oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday, retroactive to July 9, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The Rays were hoping to have Hanigan available to open the second half, but evidently the soreness in his left oblique is still lingering. With the backdated DL stint, Hanigan will be eligible to return July 24, but the Rays will have to make do with Jose Molina as their primary option behind the plate in the meantime. Ali Solis figures to return to serve as the backup.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Price won his fourth straight start Sunday.
Impact: The 'Price' was right as he scattered five hits in eight-plus innings with five strikeouts. He leads the majors with 164 Ks.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Kiermaier had three hits and drove in three runs in a 10-3 win against Toronto on Saturday.
Impact: Tampa Bay's rookie outfielder, batting .310 in 47 games, is 12 for 27 (.444) in his last seven contests. He also has five extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in that stretch.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Joyce drove in three runs in a 10-3 win over Toronto on Saturday.
Impact: Joyce is hitting .333 (14 for 42) in his last 11 games with four of his seven homers and 12 of his 39 RBIs.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Odorizzi pitched into the seventh inning and helped the Tampa Bay Rays earn a 10-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
Impact: Pitching a day earlier than scheduled because All-Star David Price was ill, Odorizzi (5-8, 4.01 ERA) allowed three runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out seven. Odorizzi is 3-2 with a 2.28 ERA in his last seven starts.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays optioned right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery on Sunday.
Impact: Hellickson is coming back after arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January, and the move allows him to pitch during the All-Star break Monday in a minor league game at Pensacola. He gave up one run and six hits in 4 1-3 innings against Kansas City in his first big league game this season on Tuesday.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have activated reliever Jake McGee from the paternity list and optioned right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery. The moves were announced before Sunday's game against Toronto.
Impact: McGee missed two games after his wife gave birth to a daughter on Thursday.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Archer did not get a decision Friday.
Impact: Archer struck out seven and allowed five runs in five innings in a mediocre effort.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Rodriguez hit a three-run dinger Friday.
Impact: Rodriguez is up to nine HRs and 32 RBIs.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Jennings left Friday night's game against Toronto after the second inning because of a bruised left knee.
Impact: X-rays were negative, but his status for the rest of the series is uncertain.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Rays have activated shortstop Yunel Escobar from the disabled list and placed McGee on the paternity list.
Impact: McGee's wife gave birth to a daughter on Thursday.