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Justin Smoak’s tie-breaking homer leads Jays over Rays

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Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson added two solo blasts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday. Smoak hit a two-run drive off Tommy Hunter (2-4), his 33rd, as the Blue Jays took three of four from the Rays to remain on the fringes of the AL wild card race. Toronto is 10-5 in August.

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Rays looking more like a pretender each day

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When the All-Star break arrived on July 9, the Tampa Bay Rays were legitimate contenders for a playoff berth. They were 47-43 and tied for second place with the New York Yankees in the American League East. They were three and one-half games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox thanks to taking three of four games at home heading into the break. This space said “one month from now it should be clear whether they can actually contend for a…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies transfer Damion Lowe to Norwegian Side IK Start

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have transferred Jamaican center back Damion Lowe to Norwegian club IK Start for an undisclosed fee, the club announced Wednesday.

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Rays snap out of offensive funk to beat Blue Jays

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Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Wilson Ramos added a solo shot and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game skid. Backed by Tampa Bay’s biggest offensive outburst since Aug. 1, Blake Snell pitched six innings to win for the first time this season. Snell’s last victory came Sept. 22, 2016, against the New York Yankees.

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The beat down goes on; Rays fall to Blue Jays

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Josh Donaldson homered for the second consecutive game, Nick Tepesch won for the first time in almost three years and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Monday night. The last-place Blue Jays have won 10 of 14 at home.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies lose to Saint Louis in 4-3 heartbreaker

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost 4-3 in a heartbreaker to Saint Louis FC at Toyota Stadium on Sunday night. Despite having a 3-2 lead at halftime, the Rowdies would give up two unanswered goals, including the 89th-minute game winner. The Rowdies played a man down from the 85th minute onwards, as defender Damion Lowe was sent off after receiving his second yellow.

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Florida suspends Callaway, 6 others for opener vs Michigan

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Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team’s season opener against Michigan. Defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort also won’t play Sept. 2 against the Wolverines in Arlington, Texas.

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