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Chris Archer falters again as Rays lose 9-4 to Orioles

BALTIMORE - Another short outing by Chris Archer led to another long afternoon for the Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles. …

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, with a different look to things

The Rays are starting their All-Star pitcher, Chris Archer.

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The Rays are starting their All-Star pitcher, Chris Archer.

UPDATE, 12:40: The Orioles said Bundy was scratched due to a left hamstring strain.

UPDATE, 12:20: Cash said he wanted to give Longoria and Souza the day off especially in advance of Monday's team off day: "They play a lot and I just felt it was time for them to get a day, and double it up with the off-day.'' ... Cash said finishing with a .500 or winning record wouldn't be any kind of consolation if they miss the playoffs: "Not really for me, I want to win 'em all. So .500, two games over, two games under, if it's not in the playoffs it's just not good enough. ... Cash said no players have talked to him about kneeling for the anthem, or about Oakland's Bruce Maxwell doing so last night. "You've seen throughout sports players are entitled to kind of voice their opinioins by doing that. If they chose to, I'd support it,'' he said. In asking a couple of Rays players about it, they declined comment. .. Cash said there has been no decision yet on whether Alex Cobb will make his scheduled start on Thursday; he seems likely to skip it based on his heavy workload (179 1/3 innings) in his first full season since Tommy John surgery.


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Rays Journal: Duda home run sets Rays record

Lucas Duda, right, watches his three-run home run against the Orioles.

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Lucas Duda, right, watches his three-run home run against the Orioles.

BALTIMORE -- With one swing of the bat, Rays DH/1B Lucas Duda broke a team record and tied a personal mark in Saturday's game against the Orioles that was not complete at press time.

Duda's three-run homer in the third was the Rays' 217th of the season, surpassing the team standard set last year. And it was his 30th overall of the season split between the Mets and Rays, matching his high from 2014.

Logan Morrison raised the team record to 218 in the ninth with his 37th of the season, though it was his first homer -- and RBI -- since Sept. 4.

RHP Jake Odorizzi continued his late-season turnaround with another solid outing, allowing just an unearned run -- on Duda's first-inning error -- and three hits over six innings.

That was the fourth straight start in which Odorizzi allowed two or fewer earned runs. Twice in the previous three starts he took a no-hitter into the sixth.

After Duda's homer gave them a 3-1 lead, the Rays added on with two in the seventh, taking advantage of some sloppy Orioles play.  …

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, facing another old friend in Jeremy Hellickson

UPDATE, 3:29: Here is the Rays lineup, with Duda at 1B and Morrison the DH:

Kiermaier cf,
Duda 1b,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison dh,
Souza rf,
Dickerson lf,
Ramos c,
Miller 2b,
Hechavarrria ss,
Odorizzi p

And here is the Orioles lineuo:
Beckham ss
Machado 3b
Schoop 2b
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Mancini lf
Trumbo dh
Castillo c
Hays rf
Hellickson p

DEVELOPING: The Rays take on the Orioles again tonight and will face another old friend for the first time, as RHP Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound for the home team.

Hellickson was drafted by the Rays in 2005 and pitched for them from 2010-14, then was traded to Arizona. He has since bounced to the Phillies and then in late July to the Orioles.

Even though 3B Evan Longoria is the only player he will face he spent much time with, Hellickson is looking forward to the assignment, especially since many of the coaches are the same.

"It'll be fun," Hellickson said. "It's still the Rays, it's still the team I grew up with."

The Rays tonight are starting Jake Odorizzi, who is looking to put a good finish on a season marred by injury and inconsistency, and that may be his last for the Rays with a trade seeminly likely.

Lineups when available.

 

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Rays morning after: Wilson Ramos showing glimpses of what's possible in 2018

Catcher Wilson Ramos connects for a two-run single in the fifth inning against the Cubs on Sept. 20, 2017.

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Catcher Wilson Ramos connects for a two-run single in the fifth inning against the Cubs on Sept. 20, 2017.

The real payoff for the Rays signing C Wilson Ramos last off-season will come in 2018, when he can play a full season fully recovered from right knee surgery.

And Ramos is giving the Rays a pretty good glimpse of what that can be like.

In Friday's 8-3 win over the Orioles, he hit a grand slam - and just missed a solo homer that was replay reversed into a double - as part of a three hit night. In 60 games since his late-June return, Ramos is hitting .262 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and a .735 OPS.

"It's taken a little bit of time for him to get his timing,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "He's kind of had the rollercoaster here a little bit. But as of late you can see the impact that he could have at the plate for us.

"A lot of excitement for the next couple days to finish strong for him, and then going in (to next season) knowing that we've got a force behind the plate with the bat.''

Ramos, 30, said he is excited by the possibilities, especially knowing he will have a normal off-season of just baseball workouts.

"I feel excited for this year to come back, and I feel 100 percent,'' he said. "Ill have a good off-season, I'll have time to work hard. ... Next year is going to be a good year.'' …

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, with Cobb on hill, Beckham in lineup

UPDATE, 3:46: After sitting out Thursday in recovering from extraction of a tooth, former Rays SS Tim Beckham is in the Orioles lineup tonight for his first game against his ex-mates, batting leadoff and playing short.

Orioles lineup:
Beckham ss
Machado 3b
Schoop 2b
Jones cf
Mancini lf
Davis 1b
Hays rf
Alvarez dh
Joseph c
Jimenez p

DEVELOPING: The Rays will take on the Orioles again tonight in game two of the four-game series and will have free-agent-to-be Alex Cobb on the mound.

Cobb has been arguably the Rays most consistent starter this season, posting an 11-10, 3.63 mark. And he has pitched relatively well against the Orioles, going 1-1, 4,42 in three starts, and 5-2, 2.54 in 11 overall. Cobb is slated for one more start for the Rays after tonight, on Thursday in Yankee Stadium.

The Orioles are starting veteran RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Rays have had their way with in three games already this season.

CF Kevin Kiermaier and SS Adeiny Hechavarria are back in the Rays lineup, and rookie Daniel Robertson will start at second.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Kiermaier cf,
Duda dh,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Dickerson lf,
Ramos c,
Hechavarria ss,
Robertson 2b,
Cobb p

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Rays morning after: Matt Andriese trying to put good finish on injury-marred season

Matt Andriese will have the chance to put a solid finish on his season Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

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Matt Andriese will have the chance to put a solid finish on his season Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

RHP Matt Andriese can't make up for the 2-1/2 months he missed due to a hip injury this season after getting off to a solid 5-1, 3.54 start.

But he can use his last few outings to remind the Rays, and himself, of how good he can be.

He did it the hard way Thursday, allowing three runs as four of the first five Orioles rapped hits, then settling down and settling in work six solid innings, allowing only two more hits and turning it into a quality start. …

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, meeting up with ex-mate Tim Beckham

Tim Beckham made a smashing debut with the Orioles, hitting .394 with six homers and 19 RBIs in August.

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Tim Beckham made a smashing debut with the Orioles, hitting .394 with six homers and 19 RBIs in August.

UPDATE, 6:05: Cash gave both CF Kevin Kiermaier and SS Adeiny Hechavarria a day off, noting they have been playing pretty much everyday. ... That also gave them a chance to look more at two of their younger position players, OF Mallex Smith and INF Daniel Robertson. ... Cash said he was happy for Beckham that he was doing wel, Beckham said it "will be fun" to face his former mates but didn't have much else to say about the Rays, that it was "in the past.'' ... LHP Xavier Cedeno, activated off the 60-day DL, is likely to get a couple appearances. ... Cash said starter RHP Matt Andriese is among the Rays that could benefit from a strong finish to the season. ... Though four games and fives teams back of the second wild-card, Cash said they just have to focus on playing well and winning games and hope other teams lose.

Rays lineup:

Smith cf,
Duda DH,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza RF,
Dickerson lf,
Sucre c,
Miller 2b,
Robertson SS,
Andriese P

And for the Orioles:
Hays rf
Machado 3b
Schoop 2b
Jones cf
Mancini lf
Davis 1b
Trumbo dh
Castillo c
Hardy ss
Ynoa p

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Rays morning after: Zim's legacy felt on bunt play

Cesar Puello slides home to score off of a bunt single by Peter Bourjos during the second inning.

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Cesar Puello slides home to score off of a bunt single by Peter Bourjos during the second inning.

How fitting that the Rays used the first-and-third bunt play Wednesday.

It was a play the late Don Zimmer taught former manager Joe Maddon. Zim’s grandson, Beau, threw out the first pitch before the game against the Cubs. Maddon, of course, was in the house. So was former Ray Ben Zobrist, who often had success with that play.

So, in the third inning with the Rays leading 2-0 with runners on first and third and one out, LF Peter Bourjos pushed a bunt to the right side of the mound.

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, a lefty, was moving toward third after finishing his delivery, so he couldn’t get to the ball. And since Lester is not the best fielder, it might not have mattered if he did, given the speed of Bourjos.

“Everything was in place,” Maddon said. “Bourjos is such a good bunter. We knew it was coming, but you can’t stop it sometimes.”

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo fielded the ball but didn’t have a play as Rays DH Cesar Puello easily scored from third.

“Well done,” Maddon said.

The Rays had a 3-0 lead in a game they would win 8-1.  …

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For starters: Rays vs. Cubs, trying to get even with Joe Maddon

The Rays are starting young lefty Blake Snell.

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The Rays are starting young lefty Blake Snell.

After a tough 2-1 loss on Tuesday, the Rays take on the Cubs again tonight, looking to split the two-game series with former manager Joe Maddon.

The Rays are starting young LHP Blake Snell, and the Cubs are starting veteran LHP Jon Lester.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Kiermaier cf,
Souza RF,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Ramos c,
Hechavarria SS,
Puello DH,
Miller 2B,
Bourjos lf,
Snell P

 

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Rays morning after: At least Archer looked good

Chris Archer in his longest outing since he pitched seven Aug. 27 against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Chris Archer in his longest outing since he pitched seven Aug. 27 against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

The only positive for the home side during the Rays 2-1 loss Tuesday to the Cubs was the pitching of RHP Chis Archer.

Archer allowed both runs but went six innings, turning in his longest outing since he pitched seven Aug. 27 against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Archer failed to go more than four innings in his next three starts.

“It was good to see Arch bounce back,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s had some rough starts here.”

The first of those three occurred in Chicago when Archer faced only three White Sox batters and left with discomfort in his right arm. The injury did not turn into anything major, and he did not miss a start. But he allowed six earned runs in three innings in Boston and three in four innings against the Yankees in New York.

On Tuesday, Archer allowed only four hits. One was a home run to Kyle Schwarber in the second inning. Another was a run-scoring double by Javier Baez in the fifth.

His offense didn’t give much help, generating just one hit against four Cubs pitchers. That hit was a solo home run by Brad Miller in the sixth that broke up LHP Mike Montgomery’s bid for a no-hitter.

Archer said he felt there was a crispness to his pitches.

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Rays video tribute to ex-manager Joe Maddon upon return with Cubs

Here is the Rays video tribute to former manager Joe Maddon, who returned to the Trop for the first time on Tuesday with his Cubs team:

 

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Joe Maddon on being back at Trop, need for new stadium, and praise for Cash (w/video)

Joe Maddon, right, speaks with Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey before Tuesday's game at Tropicana Field.

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Joe Maddon, right, speaks with Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey before Tuesday's game at Tropicana Field.

More to come later, but a couple of quick early highlights from former Rays manager Joe Maddon's return to the Trop with the Cubs:

* He enjoyed the drive over from his Tampa home, chatted with parking lot guard Vinny Paolozzi and other stadium personnel and then headed past the Rays clubhouse that housed his office for nine years to the visiting clubhouse, where two inflated pink flamingo pool floaties (stocked with Bud Light) were waiting in his office. "It was very cool walking in,'' he said, noting he had been through a similar return going back to Anaheim with the Rays. "I was really looking forward to this when I saw it on the schedule. ... Eager to get back. It's good to get back.;;

* Noting he was free to comment since he no longer worked for the Rays, Maddon ripped on the Trop saying it's clear the Rays need "a better stadium in a better location,'' saying it would be very helpful to have a "more vibrant" building, and one that should be on the Tampa side. "For this organization to get to really where they want to on an annual basis you need a better building in a better spot. …

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For starters: Rays vs. Cubs in Joe Maddon's return to Trop

Joe Maddon returns to Tropicana Field tonight for the first time since leaving the Rays to become manager of the Cubs.

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Joe Maddon returns to Tropicana Field tonight for the first time since leaving the Rays to become manager of the Cubs.

Joe Maddon's return to the Trop will be the main story tonight, but there is still a baseball game to be played, between a Cubs team surging toward another division title with six straight wins and a Rays team struggling to keep alive a longshot bid for the second AL wildcard spot.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking to snap a three-game skid in which he has a 14.14 ERA, walking off the mound in the first inning of his Sept. 2 due to forearm tigthness and then having two rough and abbreviated outings.

The Cubs are starting LHP Mike Montgomery, a forrmer Rays minor-leaguer who has bounced between the rotation and the bullpen this season. He also has the notation of being the pitcher who got the final out of the 2016 World Series.

Logan Morrison is back in the lineup for the Rays, as they are are starting five lefties against Montgomery.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Kiermaier cf,
Souza rf,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Ramos c,
Duda dh,
Hechavarria ss,
Dickerson lf,
Miller 2b,
Archer p

And here is the Cubs lineup, with two ex-Rays:
Jay cf
Zobrist lf
Rizzo 1b
Contreras c
Schwarber dh
Happ 2b
Heyward rf
Russell ss
Baez 3b
Montgomery p

 

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For ex-Rays/now Cubs manager Joe Maddon, the legacy is in the jeans

"The only thing I've really focused on regarding my legacy to this point is that fact that I think I really altered dress codes,'' Joe Maddon said.

LUIS SANTANA | Times (2010)

"The only thing I've really focused on regarding my legacy to this point is that fact that I think I really altered dress codes,'' Joe Maddon said.

Joe Maddon has plenty of memories of his time at the Trop during nine years of managing the Rays. "Too many to count,'' he said. …

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