Rays' 5-run 7th sinks Rangers in slugfest

Rays' 5-run 7th sinks Rangers in slugfest

ARLINGTON -- Tim Beckham's three-run home run in the top of the seventh was the big blow for the Rays as they had to come back twice before coming away with a 10-8 victory over the Rangers on Monday night. The Rays have won nine of their last 13.

The Rays trailed, 4-1, after two innings and 7-5 after six before scoring five runs in the seventh inning against the Rangers' bullpen. Colby Rasmus' two-run double off reliever Tony Barnette tied the game and, after Kevin Kiermaier walked, Beckham put the Rays ahead with his eighth home run of the season.

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Beckham's 'huge play,' big swing boost Rays

Beckham's 'huge play,' big swing boost Rays

ARLINGTON -- Tim Beckham flashed the leather. Then he brought the lumber when the Rays needed it most.

On Monday night, the Rays' shortstop was the difference-maker in the Rays' 10-8 win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

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De Leon earns win in debut with Rays

No. 3 prospect called up Monday to bolster bullpen

De Leon earns win in debut with Rays

ARLINGTON -- Prior to the Rays' 10-8 win over the Rangers, highly rated pitching prospect Jose De Leon was recalled from Triple-A Durham. After the game, he was optioned back to Durham.

But the right-hander did get his first action as a member of the Rays organization. De Leon experienced a less-than-auspicious debut, allowing three runs on four hits, including a home run and two walks, while striking out two and throwing two wild pitches in 2 2/3 innings. Ironically, he came away from the experience by earning the win.

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LoMo plays catch with kid on the field

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LoMo plays catch with kid on the field

A handful of times so far this season, we've seen some downright heartwarming moments take place at the ballpark when players play some catch with fans in the stands.

So far, we've seen it involving a young Yankees fan and Aaron Judge at Yankee Stadium and Mike Trout and an Angels fan at Angel Stadium. It's also now happened two times at Globe Life Park in Arlington, after Logan Morrison did so prior to Monday night's Rays-Rangers game

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Andriese aims to cap stellar May vs. Rangers

Andriese aims to cap stellar May vs. Rangers

Matt Andriese will look to cap off a stellar month of May when he faces off against right-hander Nick Martinez in the middle game of the Rays' three-game series against the Rangers in Arlington on Tuesday.

Andriese is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts this month after going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his five starts in April. The right-hander allowed fewer home runs, struck out more batters and he's allowed a lower batting average to opponents.

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Outfield plays big role in Rays' 15-inning win

Outfield plays big role in Rays' 15-inning win

MINNEAPOLIS -- Everywhere you looked in the Rays' clubhouse you could find someone who contributed to the team's 8-6 victory over the Twins on Sunday. But without the defensive play of the Rays' outfielders, the outcome likely would've been very different.

Starting in the first inning when left fielder Colby Rasmus threw out a runner at third base, the Rays' outfield left its mark all over the 15-inning win. Nobody was more impactful than center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, who made two four-star catches, both saving runs on balls hit by Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco.

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Rays make LoMo dugout bed after HR

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Rays make LoMo dugout bed after HR

The Rays and Twins battled it out for 15 innings on Sunday afternoon. The Twins took a two-run lead in the eighth, the Rays tied things up with two in the ninth, both teams scored in the 14th and then, finally, in the top of the 15th, the Rays hit two home runs and were able to close out the game, 8-6, in the bottom of the inning. 

Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison hit those home runs and LoMo, perhaps finally feeling like he had defeated those pesky Twinsies, turned in for the night.

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Longo, LoMo lift Rays past Twins in marathon

Longo, LoMo lift Rays past Twins in marathon

MINNEAPOLIS -- After trading punches all afternoon, the Rays outlasted the Twins, 8-6, in 15 innings on Sunday. The series finale marked the longest game in the history of Target Field, in terms of time. At 6 hours, 26 minutes, it was also the longest in the Major Leagues this season.

Minnesota left-hander Hector Santiago, who started and lost the series opener on Friday, served up consecutive solo home runs to open the final frame. Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison went the distance to break the deadlock. The Rays have now hit an American League-leading 74 homers on the year. The teams traded runs in the 13th inning.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Sunday.

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Rasmus homers, but Rays fall to Twins

Rasmus homers, but Rays fall to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins clubbed a pair of tape measure home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the eighth by Brian Dozier to edge the Rays by a score of 5-3 on Saturday at Target Field.

Dozier launched a 2-1 fastball from Rays righty Tommy Hunter just below the upper deck in right-center to give Minnesota its first lead of the series. According to Statcast™, the ball traveled an estimated 423 feet with an exit velocity of 104.5 mph. It is tied for his longest projected homer of the season.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Saturday.

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Boldt goes 3-for-3 for Charlotte

Boldt goes 3-for-3 for Charlotte

Dominic Smith and Brandon Nimmo led Triple-A Las Vegas to a 7-5 win over El Paso as the duo of Mets' prospects combined to go 8-for-10 with four RBIs on Sunday.

Smith, the No. 56 overall prospect (Mets' No. 2), has been in a nice rhythm offensively and continued that trend with a 4-for-5 performance, his third straight multihit game.

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Bullpen soars, then sinks against Twins

Bullpen soars, then sinks against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rays' bullpen came through in two clutch spots on Saturday, but unfortunately, the third time was not a charm.

Reliever Tommy Hunter gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Brian Dozier in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay dropped a 5-3 decision to the Twins.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Rays on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Power, approach carrying Rays' offense

Power, approach carrying Rays' offense

MINNEAPOLIS -- Every day it seems as if there's a different hero at the plate for the Rays. And more often than not, the heroics involve a baseball sailing over a fence.

Corey Dickerson hit two home runs to beat the Yankees last Saturday. Steven Souza Jr. went deep twice in a win over the Angels on Wednesday. And on Friday, three Rays -- Logan Morrison, Kevin Kiermaier, and Souza -- launched home runs in the Rays' 5-2 win over the Twins.

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Dive Hard: Souza's fantastic flop and bop

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Dive Hard: Souza's fantastic flop and bop

Everyone who has fooled around in the backyard with a glove and a ball knows the secret rule of the dive: It doesn't matter if you catch the ball, it just matters how cool the dive looks. 

The only difference between that and what Steven Souza Jr. did in the seventh inning of the Rays' 5-2 win against the Twins on Friday is that there weren't thousands of people watching us as we came up about 15 feet short. 

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Three homers back Archer as Rays top Twins

Three homers back Archer as Rays top Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer continued his dominance at Target Field, as he stymied a hot Minnesota lineup in the 5-2 victory on Friday. The loss snapped the first-place Twins' four-game winning streak.

Archer recorded a strikeout in all but one inning, notching a total of 11 punchouts. He has now whiffed double-digit batters in four of his last five starts. After scoring 28 runs over its last four games, Minnesota only managed a pair of runs -- on RBI singles by Kennys Vargas and Brian Dozier -- against Archer. He is now 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four career starts at Target Field.

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Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis who covered the Rays on Friday.

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Archer on the mark in victory over Twins

Archer on the mark in victory over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Field has been a home away from home for Rays right-hander Chris Archer. On Friday night he silenced the Minnesota bats with another gem in the Twins' ballpark.

Archer held the Twins to two runs on five hits while striking out 11 and walking just one in 7 2/3 innings as the Rays began a nine-game road trip with a 5-2 victory.

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Andriese dazzles Angels in victory

Andriese dazzles Angels in victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Andriese won his fourth consecutive decision and Colby Rasmus provided the offense as the Rays defeated the Angels, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

By winning, the Rays (25-25) earned a split of their four-game series with the Angels (25-25).

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Rasmus comes through in clutch

Rasmus comes through in clutch

ST. PETERSBURG -- Colby Rasmus didn't rush things while making his return from offseason surgeries. The veteran knew his body needed time to heal.

Looks like he made the right call.

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Souza's fastest throw nabs Trout at dish

Souza's fastest throw nabs Trout at dish

ST. PETERSBURG -- Not even 24 hours after showcasing his bat with two home runs in Wednesday night's game, Steven Souza Jr. impacted Thursday afternoon's game with a memorable throw in the first inning of the Rays' 4-0 win over the Angels.

Mike Trout tried to score from second base when Andrelton Simmons singled to right. Souza fielded the ball quickly and threw a strike home. The throw beat Trout by several steps and catcher Jesus Sucre made the tag for the third out.

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Hunter activated, Diaz placed on DL

Hunter activated, Diaz placed on DL

ST. PETERSBURG -- Prior to Thursday's game against the Angels, the Rays activated right-hander Tommy Hunter (right calf strain) from the disabled list. Right-hander Jumbo Diaz was placed on the 10-day DL with right arm fatigue.

"Tommy, he can pitch in the sixth, he can pitch in the eighth, variety of roles," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You know when you get Tommy on the mound, he's not concerned about who he's attacking or who's in the box."

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Cabrera fires seven scoreless for Charlotte

Cabrera fires seven scoreless for Charlotte

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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Rays rely on homers to top Angels

Rays rely on homers to top Angels

ST. PETERSBURG -- Erasmo Ramirez gave the Rays a quality start and the offense broke loose after two nights of frustration as the Rays defeated the Angels, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

Making his third start of the season, Ramirez allowed two runs on four hits and a walk Wednesday against the Angels en route to his third win of the season. He is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in three starts this season.

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Souza's 2-HR game snaps slugger from slump

Souza's 2-HR game snaps slugger from slump

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steven Souza Jr. got the breakout game he so desperately needed Wednesday night.

The Rays' slugger hit two homers and drove in three to lead his team to a 5-2 win over the Angels at Tropicana Field.

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Bursitis forces Moreno to DL; Garton recalled

Bursitis forces Moreno to DL; Garton recalled

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed right-hander Diego Moreno on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder bursitis and recalled right-hander Ryan Garton from Triple-A Durham.

Moreno last pitched Sunday, so the move is retroactive to May 22.

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Cobb shows more flashes of the past

Cobb shows more flashes of the past

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Cobb might have been slow out of the gate in the Rays' 4-0 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night, but the right-hander settled down to pitch like the bulldog Rays fans are used to seeing.

"Alex, he was phenomenal," Rays manager Kevin Cash. "He gives up two solo home runs [in the first] ... then he kicked it in gear and gave us every opportunity to come back. We just couldn't."

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Hobbled trio participates in pregame activities

Ramos could head to rehab assignment Sunday; Miller becomes eligible to rejoin Rays on Friday

Hobbled trio participates in pregame activities

ST. PETERSBURG -- Players on the Rays' disabled list were experiencing a bevy of activity prior to Tuesday night's Rays-Angels contest at Tropicana Field.

Catcher Wilson Ramos (recovery from torn ACL), second baseman Brad Miller (left abdomen strain), and Matt Duffy (recovery from Achilles surgery), were on the field participating in baseball activities.

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Red-hot Dickerson leads off birthday with HR

Red-hot Dickerson leads off birthday with HR

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson just continues to rake.

Celebrating his 28th birthday on Monday night, the scorching-hot Rays slugger led off the bottom of the first with his fifth career leadoff home run to get the Rays' offense started. Unfortunately for the Rays, Angels pitchers had the upper hand and the Rays lost, 3-2, at Tropicana Field.

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Cobb's gem not enough as O stalls vs. Halos

Cobb's gem not enough as O stalls vs. Halos

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Shoemaker and Alex Cobb locked up in an old-fashioned pitching matchup Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Angels came away with a 4-0 win over the Rays that featured silent bats and a lot of goose eggs on the scoreboard, thanks to the efficiency and stuff displayed by both pitchers. The Halos have now won eight of their last 11 games to improve to 25-23 on the season. Meanwhile, the Rays have lost three in a row after a four-game winning streak, and have lost five consecutive games to the Angels.

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