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After a welcome day off, Rays prepare to welcome Yankees to Tropicana Field

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The Tampa Bay Rays have been looking forward to Thursday. This day will be like no other that they have experienced since April 27. It is called on off-day. Thursday marks only their third day off since the season began, but it will be the first for them at home. The other two were in New York and traveling between Baltimore and Toronto. The span of 20-games-in-20 days started with 5 games in Toronto and Miami and finished with 6…

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5 Blue Jays pitchers hold Rays to 3 hits in 2-1 win

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Joe Biagini and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, Darwin Barney hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Sunday. The Blue Jays took two of three from the Rays to win a road series for the first time this season (1-4-1). It also was just the fifth time in 31 tries since 2007 that Toronto won a series at Tropicana Field (5-23-3). Biagini allowed an unearned run,…

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Rays breeze by Blue Jays 6-1

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Logan Morrison and Colby Rasmus hit two-run homers and Jake Odorizzi pitched seven strong innings for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Odorizzi (2-1) gave up one run in seven innings, the seventh straight time the right-hander has given up two runs or fewer in starts against Toronto. Morrison put the Rays up 2-1 in the third inning with his seventh home run. It came off Toronto starter Marco Estrada after…

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Blue Jays rally to defeat Rays 8-4

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Kendrys Morales had two late homers and drove in five runs, helping the Toronto Blue Jays rally from a three-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Friday night. Morales hit a two-run shot during the seventh inning and completed his 18th career multihomer game with a three-run drive off Jumbo Diaz (0-2) in a five-run eighth that put Toronto ahead 8-4. Justin Smoak added a solo homer in the decisive eighth and finished with two RBIs for…

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Tim Beckham homers twice; Rays beat Marlins 5-1

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Tim Beckham homered twice in a game for the second time in eight days, driving in four runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Thursday night. Matt Andriese (2-1) scattered five hits, walked three and struck out eight over seven innings to match his longest outing this season. Dee Gordon hit a run-scoring single off Chih-Wei Hu in the ninth before Alex Colome got the final out for his eighth save. The Rays won…

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Rays get “Baseball Forever” pitch from Rick Kriseman

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and local Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher pitched a deal to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday that would have a new stadium built at the existing Tropicana Field site. The 43-page “Baseball Forever” pitch includes letters of support from 15 major employers in Pinellas County, all of which said they were devoted to keeping the pro baseball team in St. Petersburg. Among the corporate supporters were BayCare Medical Group, Bayfront Health, Ceridian, Duke Energy,…

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Rick Kriseman meets with MLB commissioner

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman met Thursday with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred at the commissioner’s office in New York City. Kriseman updated the commissioner on St. Petersburg’s Baseball Forever Campaign and shared the community’s vision for the Tropicana Field site – a vision that includes a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. “I am thankful for Commissioner Manfred’s time and share his desire for the Rays’ success,” Kriseman said. “I am confident that the team’s regional search will…

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