HOUSTON (AP) — Jeremy Pena hit an early two-run homer and drove in an insurance run late, lifting the Houston Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
One pitch after Jose Altuve’s leadoff bunt single, Pena belted a cutter by Rays starter Corey Kluber (10-10) over the right-field fence and into the home bullpen.
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox stopped Tampa Bay’s six-game win streak with a 9-8 victory over the Rays on Friday night.
Kevin Plawecki had three hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox, who had dropped four in a row.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will send players to South Korea for a postseason tour, MLB's first trip to Korea since 1922.
The games between an MLB team and players from the South Korean league will be at Busan Sajik Baseball Stadium on Nov.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — José Ramírez homered and drove in three runs, leading Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Guardians to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in a matchup of American League playoff contenders.
Cleveland Guardians (50-48, second in the AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (53-46, third in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Shane Bieber (4-6, 3.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 110 strikeouts); Rays: Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 72 strikeouts)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Randy Arozarena hit a two-run double off All-Star reliever Jorge López in the 10th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays recovered from another late lapse to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Wednesday night and end a four-game losing streak.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yandy Díaz had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-5 on Monday night.
Díaz's 10th multihit game since June 26 raised his batting average to .500 (27 for 54) over his last 15 games.
TORONTO (AP) — Shane Baz pitched six innings for his first win of the season, Harold Ramírez and Randy Arozarena hit two-run home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Sunday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) —
Shane McClanahan struck out 10 over seven innings, Tampa Bay had a three-run seventh keyed by an overturend call and the Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Pirates (29-42, third in the NL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (39-32, fourth in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 1:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Roansy Contreras (2-1, 2.89 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 38 strikeouts); Rays: Shane McClanahan (7-3, 1.81 ERA, .85 WHIP, 113 strikeouts)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Isaac Paredes hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Pirates (29-40, third in the NL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (37-32, fourth in the AL East)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Harold Ramirez and Francisco Mejía helped the Tampa Bay Rays snap out of their offensive funk.
It was just enough to end their four-game losing streak.
Ramirez hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Saturday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane McClanahan pitched eight superb innings to win his fifth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory on Thursday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Walls hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Walls sent a 2-2 pitch from Drew VerHagen (3-1) into the right field seats.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena homered, Ji-Man Choi drove in three runs and Shane McClanahan won his fourth consecutive start as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ji-Man Choi had a disputed checked-swing strike that led to his manager's ejection, then a big swing-and-miss when his helmet flew off his head. That at-bat ended with an RBI double that put Tampa Bay ahead to stay.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers center fielder Eli White initially wasn't sure if he could even make the catch. He just jumped as high as he could at the wall.
“It's like he just kept going up," Texas manager Chris Woodward said.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Walls and Ji-Man Choi homered for Tampa Bay's only hits, and the Rays scored two runs in the seventh inning on four walks and a hit batter in a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday that gained a four-game split.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit Pablo López's first pitch for an inside-the-park home run and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Harold Ramirez and Ji-Man Choi also homered off López, who had given up only two home runs in eight preceding starts.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rougned Odor had his second game-winning at-bat in three days as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 in 11 innings on Sunday.
The Orioles won two of three and won a series against Tampa Bay for the first time since July 31–Aug.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier, Brett Phillips and Randy Arozarena homered and drove in two runs each, Shane McClanahan struck out seven in seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Chapman's throwing error allowed Tampa Bay to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, and the Rays went on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Sunday.
Jeffrey Springs combined with four relievers on a five-hitter for the Rays, who took two of three from Toronto.
Minnesota Twins (11-9, first in the AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (12-8, third in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Saturday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Twins: Chris Archer (0-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 10 strikeouts); Rays: Shane McClanahan (1-1, 2.45 ERA, .96 WHIP, 31 strikeouts)
Seattle Mariners (11-6, first in the AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9-8, third in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Marco Gonzales (1-1, 3.29 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 13 strikeouts); Rays: Drew Rasmussen (0-1, 5.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, nine strikeouts)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Logan Gilbert pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Adam Frazier hit a three-run double and the Seattle Mariners won their fourth straight, 8-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane McClanahan became Tampa Bay's first starting pitcher to get a win this season as the Rays overcame a two-run, first-inning deficit and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Sunday.
CHICAGO (AP) — José Abreu homered for the first time this season, closer Liam Hendriks left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday.
Michael Kopech threw five solid innings, and Yasmani Grandal singled away from the shift to put Chicago ahead in the sixth.
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie slugger Jake Burger had a solo homer and an RBI single, Dylan Cease dominated into the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Friday night.
Cease (2-0) struck out eight and allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Frankie Montas pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Sean Murphy hit a three-run homer, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Montas (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six, as the A's defeated Tampa Bay for the second time in three days.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manuel Margot hit a game-ending single during Tampa Bay's two-run 10th inning, and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 on Tuesday night.
Wander Franco started the Tampa Bay 10th with an RBI double off Lou Trivino (0-1).
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays signed reliever Brooks Raley to a $10 million, two-year contract Tuesday with a club option for 2024.
The defending AL East champions also traded All-Star infielder Joey Wendle to the Miami Marlins for minor league outfielder Kameron Misner, and agreed with first baseman Ji-Man Choi on a $3.2 million, one-year deal that avoids arbitration.
HOUSTON (AP) — After locking down the top seed in the American League playoffs and the best record in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Rays were still looking for more.
“I don’t think we’re satisfied," starter Drew Rasmussen said.
Tampa Bay Rays (90-55, first in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (81-64, third in the AL East)
Toronto; Wednesday, 3:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Michael Wacha (3-4, 5.28 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 104 strikeouts) Blue Jays: Robbie Ray (11-5, 2.70 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 220 strikeouts)
TORONTO (AP) — Drew Rasmussen combined with four relievers on a three-hitter. Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi homered and the Tampa Bay Rays became the first AL team to reach 90 wins by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Tuesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the COVID-19 injured list on Sunday.
The move was announced about one hour before the Rays' 9-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox in a matchup of AL division leaders.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Austin Meadows hit a pair of two-run homers, Ji-Man Choi had three RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Cleveland 8-2 on Saturday night, extending their winning streak over the Indians to 11 games.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer in his Tampa Bay debut and Joey Wendle delivered the go-ahead single in a six-run ninth inning as the Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 10-5 Friday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Three Tampa Bay relievers combined on five more scoreless innings, Ji-Man Choi drove in three runs and the Rays won their fifth consecutive game, 7-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Alek Manoah, back from a five-game suspension, struck out a career-high 10 over seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball for the Toronto Blue Jays in their 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his 25th homer and drove in three runs, and the Los Angeles Angels stopped a five-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Sunday.
Ohtani hit an opposite-field shot to left in the ninth against Pete Fairbanks.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane McClanahan pitched six effective innings, Brett Phillips drove in three runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 13-3 Saturday for their fourth straight win.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani led off by homering for the seventh time in nine games, a long drive off an overhanging catwalk, but the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Friday night when pinch-hitter Brandon Lowe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays placed first baseman Ji-Man Choi on the 10-day injured list Friday because of a left groin strain.
Tampa Bay made the move before the opener of a three-game series in Texas.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Austin Meadows homered and had four RBIs, Shane McClanahan went five scoreless innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 on Thursday.
Tampa Bay has won two straight after Kansas City stopped the Rays’ 11-game winning streak in the series opener Tuesday night.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Mejía hit a grand slam in the 12th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth consecutive game by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-7 on Friday night.
After Jeremy Beasley (0-1) intentionally walked Joey Wendle to load the bases, Mejía drove the next pitch over the right-field wall.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Randy Arozarena hit two home runs, stole another with his glove and knocked in four runs, Ji-Man Choi drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-7 Wednesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mike Zunino hit two home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays connected a season-high five times in all, hammering the Baltimore Orioles 13-6 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Brett Phillips and Austin Meadows hit three-run homers in the second inning and Ji-Man Choi hit a late drive as the Rays matched their longest winning streak of the year.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manuel Margot, Willy Adames and Brandon Lowe homered off Marcus Stroman, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Mets 7-1 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Two-run homers by Margot in the fourth and by Adames in the fifth built a 4-0 lead, and Lowe led off the sixth with his seventh home run this season.