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Rene Rivera | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rene Rivera singled in pinch-runner Tim Beckham in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a 2-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday.
Rivera was surely happy to contribute offensively; he's batting just .135 with two doubles, three RBI and one walk in 52 at-bats for the season. Of course, the Rays care more about his defense, and they're not going to be totally surprised if last year's .252/.319/.432 line with the Padres proves to be a fluke. Apr 23 - 10:47 PM

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Rene Rivera will start at first base Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Rivera made three appearances at first base with the Padres last season, but this will be his first start at the position in the majors. The Rays are going with an all right-handed lineup against left-hander Daniel Norris: Brandon Guyer LF, Steven Souza RF, Asdrubal Cabrera DH, Evan Longoria 3B, Desmond Jennings CF, Logan Forsythe 2B, Rivera 1B, Tim Beckham SS, Bobby Wilson C.
Apr 14 - 4:03 PM

Rene Rivera went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles in Sunday's victory versus the Marlins.

Rivera hit RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings in what was yet another slugfest with the Marlins. Rivera had been 0-for-16 entering Sunday's game. The 31-year-old catcher was a surprise offensively last season, finishing with a .751 OPS, 11 home runs, and 44 RBI in 329 plate appearances for the Padres.
Apr 12 - 4:44 PM

Rene Rivera (calf) will return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday.

Rivera took swings on Monday and was given clearance to return to games following Tuesday's off day. The 31-year-old backstop has been slowed by a tight left calf for a few days.
Mar 23 - 6:42 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that Rene Rivera is currently dealing with tightness in his left calf.

Cash hopes to get him into a game as the designated hitter in a couple of days, and doesn't believe that the injury will be a major issue. Rivera is slated to be the Rays primary backstop this season, and could be a sneaky pickup in the later rounds of two-catcher formats.
Mar 21 - 10:19 AM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer Saturday against the Orioles.

A study in perseverance, Rivera had 294 at-bats for the Padres last year after collecting a total of 321 in the majors over the previous 10 seasons. He'll be the Rays' starting catcher this year, and while he shouldn't be expected to hit as well again, he'll show a little pop to go along with his strong glove.
Mar 14 - 5:13 PM

Rays and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

He can earn $200,000 more through incentives. Rivera had a mini-breakout for the Padres in 2014 and is set to serve as the Rays' regular catcher after arriving in Tampa in last month's three-team trade.
Jan 16 - 1:50 PM

Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

Rivera had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning, adding a run-scoring single in the seventh as well. Rivera has four RBI over his last two games, giving him 40 RBI on the year. He's moved into an everyday role with Yasmani Grandal manning first base, and Rivera is hitting .252/.319/.431 on the season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:26:00 PM

Cleanup hitter Rene Rivera hit his 10th homer Friday to lead the Padres to a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

Rivera was 5-for-30 with two RBI in 10 games this month before his solo shot tonight. The homer off Vidal Nuno was his sixth in 89 at-bats against left-handed pitchers this year. He has four in 163 at-bats against right-handed pitching, which is why he's still hitting lower in the order versus righties.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 01:54:00 AM

Rene Rivera had a great night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Thursday's win against the Cubs.

Rivera entered the night having logged just one hit in his last 17 plate appearances, so he busted out of the slump in a big way. He took Edwin Jackson deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning, then singled to right to drive in two in the sixth. Rivera has done well in the power department, but hasn't done much else, slashing .228/.286/.436 with seven home runs and 26 RBI on the season.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Rene Rivera belted a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Rivera's blast got the scoring going in the second inning, but that's the only run the Padres could muster in their weak four-hit effort. While he's hitting just .225 this season, Rivera has provided some sock with five longballs.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 07:25:00 PM

Rene Rivera connected for a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Mets.

His two-run blast off Bartolo Colon in the second inning was the only offense of the evening for San Diego. Rivera now has four home runs on the year, which puts him just two behind Yasmani Grandal and Seth Smith for the team lead. It's sad state of affairs for the Padres.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 01:20:00 AM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

Rivera went deep off of Juan Nicasio in the sixth inning, his third homer of the season. He also threw out three would-be base-stealers on the afternoon. Rivera hasn't played a whole lot, but when he has, he has contributed, now slashing .275/.302/.529 in 54 plate appearances.
Sun, May 18, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

With Yasmani Grandal starting at first base against the left-handed Wade Miley, Rivera took advantage of the starting opportunity. Rivera's two-run double in the fourth inning tied the game, and his ninth-inning double put Cameron Maybin at third in advance of Yonder Alonso's RBI fielder's choice. Rivera is getting a decent amount of playing time because of his defense, but he's not going to hit enough to warrant being carried in fantasy leagues.
Sun, May 4, 2014 09:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Allan Dykstra
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Ernesto Frieri
4Kevin Jepsen
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7Jose Dominguez
8C.J. Riefenhauser
9Brandon Gomes