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Rays Journal: Early off-days lead to four-man rotation, Andriese in bullpen

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:05:08 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - Among many reasons the Rays decided to trade RHP Jake Odorizzi was that they didn't really need him. Or at least didn't need five experienced starters.Manager Kevin Cash confirmed Sunday a plan to use only a four-man rotation for the first six-plus weeks of the season.Because(image)

Ellsbury ready to play, but where?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:48:45 -0500

By ROGER MOONEYTimes Staff WriterTAMPA - Jacoby Ellsbury reported Sunday and said all the right things when he faced the Yankees media for the first time this spring.He is excited to begin spring training. He worked hard this offseason. He is excited about the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton.(image)

What were Rays thinking in ditching Odorizzi, Dickerson, adding Cron?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:37:32 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - Rays officials insisted Sunday they made the best deals they could in a bad market, trading No. 2 starter Jake Odorizzi for an unheralded Class A shortstop prospect and DFA-ing 2017 All-Star Corey Dickerson in essentially a swap for C.J. Cron, as they dumped about $10 million(image)

Morning after comments on Rays’ busy Saturday, dealing Odorizzi, Dickerson; adding Cron

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:55:52 -0500

Here are some of the comments from Rays camp this morning after the Rays' busy Saturday night in which they traded RHP Jake Odorizzi to the Twins for Class A SS prospect Jermaine Palacios, designated for assignment 2017 All-Star DH/OF Corey Dickerson and acquired 1B/DH C.J. Cron from the Angels for(image)

‘Babe Ruth of Japan’ already talks the talk of an MLB pitcher

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:00:31 -0500

TEMPE, Ariz. - Major league pitchers nowadays emerge from the womb, or at the very least arrive at the end of their minor-league apprenticeships, already knowing that the only proper answer to any question pertaining to your first stint on a mound facing live hitters in spring training is(image)

Rays trade Odorizzi to Twins, acquire Cron from Angels, DFA All-Star Dickerson

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:09:15 -0500

The order from ownership to cut payroll stymied by the same market freeze that has stalled transactions throughout the game, the Rays on Saturday night burst into action with a series of somewhat confusing moves that saved them around $10 million.The biggest deal was sending No. 2 starter Jake(image)

Who was right in Archer-Honeywell exchange? How about both?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:19:36 -0500

ROSTER REPORTFirst of our weekly semi-educated guesses at the makeup of the 25-man opening day roster, projecting that Jake Odorizzi and Denard Span will be traded:PITCHERS (12): Jose Alvarado, Matt Andriese, Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Nathan Eovaldi, Jake Faria, Dan Jennings, Dustin McGowan-x,(image)

For Rays Wilson Ramos, horrors of 2011 kidnapping remain

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:41:46 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - Lying on the floor of a Venezuelan mountain hideout as his kidnappers and would-be rescuers exchanged gunfire for more than five minutes, Wilson Ramos, understandably, feared the worst."Everything I was thinking in that moment was that I'm not going back home,'' Ramos said of(image)

Denard Span happy to be with Rays now, would be happier March 29

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:07:08 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - OF Denard Span was truly happy to be here in Rays camp on Saturday.But the Tampa product said he'll be much happier - and more relaxed - if he actually makes it to the regular season with his hometown team.The Rays got Span, 33, because the Giants made them take(image)

Live from Port Charlotte: Rays to continue parade of arms

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:03:17 -0500

UPDATE, 9:59: Span, Williams and Velazquez have all reported to camp, leaving the Rays just Hechavarria shy of  a full house.Velazquez, who played last season at Double-A Montgomery, said he was pleasantly surprised to get a call on Tuesday, while working out near his New York home in the(image)

What does Rays Kiermaier want to prove? Only that he’s best on the planet

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:44:36 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE  - Kevin Kiermaier has his own honey do list.Married life has been good since he and Marissa had the "best-day-ever" November wedding then a "week-in-paradise" honeymoon in Antigua. And if that didn't make for a hectic enough off-season, he also went to see both of his(image)

Dave Martinez has brought a slightly different approach to spring training

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:00:34 -0500

WEST PALM BEACH - Washington Nationals pitchers and catchers began Friday's workout at 9:30 a.m. with their daily Circle of Trust meeting. The gathering, designed to foster communication and competition, closed with hearty applause before the pitchers walked over to one of the back fields,(image)

Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:12:01 -0500

MIAMI - Miami-Dade County is suing former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter seeking money from the $1.2 billion sale of the team.The suit contends a 2009 agreement calls for the county and city of Miami to receive a share of profits from any sale(image)

Joe Maddon impressed by Anthony Rizzo’s emotional speech at vigil

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:21:45 -0500

By Paul SullivanChicago Tribune (TNS)Anthony Rizzo's emotional speech Thursday in Florida at the vigil for victims of the Parkland school shooting continued to reverberate a day later.Manager Joe Maddon texted his first baseman afterwards, telling Rizzo how proud he was after watching a video of(image)

Rays journal: Odorizzi knows how much he’ll get paid, but from who?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:40:08 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - RHP Jake Odorizzi was pleased to get resolved how much he will get paid this season, winning a $6.3 million salary when he prevailed in an arbitration hearing for the second straight year.But he is still dealing with the uncertainty over who will pay him, with ongoing(image)

Live from Port Charlotte: Arms impress, Sternberg visits, Sucre reports

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:10:27 -0500

UPDATE, 12:45: Having seen all pitchers in camp throw over the first few days, manager Kevin Cash has been impressed:"There's a lot of "wow" arms."Also Friday:* Principal owner Stuart Sternberg made his first visit to camp, and spoke just briefly about the effort for a new stadium, saying he is(image)

Rizzo leaves Cubs camp, returns home to Parkland in wake of shooting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:31:50 -0500

MESA, Ariz. - Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left spring training Thursday for his home in Parkland in South Florida to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.RELATED: 'When you're killing children ... you're killing our future'Rizzo had been an(image)

MLB’s Manfred likes Ybor site, says business community must step up to get Rays stadium built

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:02:08 -0500

ST. PETERSBURG - The last time MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke at Tropicana Field in August, he called for urgency and pushed for action in the Rays oft-stalled pursuit of a new stadium.Now that the Rays have advanced to selecting and committing to a site in Ybor City - and one he(image)

Rays weekday ticket specials: Free (for some) Mondays, combo Thursdays, $7.11 Fridays

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:13:02 -0500

With single-game tickets going on sale Friday, the Rays announced their weekday  promotions, continuing two of the most popular:Free tickets to seven Monday games (plus three others) for military, teachers and first responders; and a $7.11 upper ticket for Friday games.New this year is a $19.(image)

Yankees’ CC Sabathia on unsigned free agents: ‘I’d be panicking’

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:40:23 -0500

If it were not for the one-year, $10 million contract Yankees lefty CC Sabathia signed the day after Christmas, he could very well be in Bradenton working at the free agent camp or working out on his own wondering why his phone was not ringing.When asked before Thursday's workout at Steinbrenner(image)

Live from Port Charlotte: Rays made a trade – Pepsi for Coke

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:44:33 -0500

UPDATE, 10:41: Minor-league INF/OF Joe McCarthy reported to camp today, making it 61 of the 68 players in camp. And Odorizzi said he he had not yet heard about this arbitration case.DEVELOPING: Rays are heading out for their second official workout of the spring at 10:30 today at the Charlotte(image)

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Archer, Honeywell need to shut up And pitch

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:58:00 -0500

Chris Archer and Brent Honeywell sparred some in the media on Wednesday as Rays pitchers and catchers held their first workouts in Port Charlotte.Chris Archer said Honeywell should quiet down until he’s pitched in the majors, and Honeywell said Archer should perform better as the ace. In his latest(image)

Best overall starting staff in majors? Chris Archer says it’s Rays

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:30:04 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - The Rays tend to always be built on good starting pitching.And top starter RHP Chris Archer believes they have one of the best overall staffs in the game."We have some very dynamic arms in this room," Archer said before Wednesday's spring-opening workout. "I'm willing to put(image)

Rays pitchers Chris Archer, Brent Honeywell to each other: Put up and shut up

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:55:51 -0500

PORT CHARLOTTE - This, eventually, may be a love story.But even in expressing affection for the other on a Wednesday celebrating the two-in-one holiday of spring training opening and Valentine's Day, current Rays top starter Chris Archer and potential future ace Brent Honeywell tossed more(image)

Yankees’ Aaron Judge to sit out early spring games

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:23:42 -0500

TAMPA - Those majestic, high-arching home runs baseball fans quickly grew to expect from Aaron Judge will not be on the menu during the early days of the exhibition season.Offseason shoulder surgery coupled with a heavy workload last season due to the Yankees' unexpected run to the American(image)