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Alex Colome blanked the A's for five innings Thursday, combining with four relievers on a 3-0 shutout.

Colome, coming off rough outings against the Yankees and Twins, worked around a leadoff triple in the first inning tonight, never allowing another extra-base hit in the contest. He's now 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA. Oddly enough, the only start in which he's gone longer than five innings is the one in which he gave up eight runs to the Yankees.
May 21 - 10:46 PM

Jake McGee struck out two in a perfect eighth Thursday against the A's.

McGee is working in the mid-90s, and he's been dominant in three outings since coming off the DL, striking out six, walking none and allowed just one hit in three innings. He should be in the mix for save chances, assuming Kevin Cash was true to his word. Brad Boxberger is being used as a traditional closer right now.
May 21 - 10:42 PM

David DeJesus had a solo homer and an RBI double versus the A's on Thursday.

The Rays would have practically given DeJesus away two months ago, but he's been one of their best players, hitting .324 with four homers and 18 RBI in 102 at-bats. He'll have to stay in the lineup against righties after John Jaso returns.
May 21 - 10:40 PM

Steven Souza Jr. struck out all four times he was up Thursday against the A's.

Souza has followed up his 30-strikeout April by racking up 32 with 10 days left to go in May. The Rays keep batting him second anyway, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see that change soon. On the plus side, he is still drawing walks and hitting the ball hard when he does make contact.
May 21 - 10:38 PM

Drew Smyly's rehabilitation from a torn left labrum is expected to take eight weeks.

Followup tests showed the tear wasn't all that significant, and now the Rays are optimistic that he will be able to pitch again this season. But it's going to be at least two months, and probably three. Smyly, 25, boasts a 1.96 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 65/14 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings since joining Tampa Bay last summer.
May 21 - 3:54 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' starting lineup Thursday evening against the Athletics.

Nick Franklin will get his first start at shortstop this season. Cabrera is just getting a day of rest.
May 21 - 2:28 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said it was "all thumbs up" for Matt Moore after his bullpen session Wednesday.

Moore is now expected to be cleared to pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday. And the next step after that would be a minor league rehab assignment. The 25-year-old left-hander is coming down the stretch in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. If all continues to go smoothly, he should be ready to rock for Tampa Bay around mid-June.
May 21 - 9:18 AM

Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs in six innings, taking a tough-luck loss against the Braves on Wednesday.

The Braves scored their first run with a two-out single in the third inning, then added another in the sixth in a ground out. Odorizzi was solid, but opposing starter Williams Perez and the Braves' bullpen were slightly better. The right-hander allowed four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Now 3-4, Odorizzi will bring a 2.43 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP, and a 46/10 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings into a home start versus the Mariners.
May 20 - 10:56 PM

Ryan Brett (shoulder) has played in two extended spring training games.

Brett should be cleared to begin a rehab assignment soon, although he seems likely to be optioned to Triple-A Durham once ready. He's been out for nearly a month with a subluxation of the left shoulder.
May 20 - 9:45 AM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso (wrist) has been taking dry swings.

He has not yet been cleared to hit off a tee. Jaso's recovery from a bruised left wrist has come along incredibly slowly and there remains no timetable for his return.
May 20 - 9:43 AM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since going down with a right pectoral strain late last month. There's no timetable for Yates' return, but early June would seem to be realistic.
May 20 - 9:40 AM

Brad Boxberger locked down his 11th save of the season in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Braves.

Boxberger struck out one in his perfect inning of work. The right-hander now owns a 1.20 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio over 15 innings this year. Jake McGee's return hasn't threatened Boxberger's hold on the ninth inning for now.
May 19 - 10:33 PM

Steven Souza went 2-for-4 with an RBI, run scored and stolen base against the Braves on Tuesday.

Souza put his skills on display in the game, showing why he was such a popular target in drafts before the season. The outfielder stole his sixth base of the season while collecting his 16th RBI. Souza is hitting .231/.331/.410 with six homers and 18 runs scored on the season.
May 19 - 10:30 PM

Jake McGee earned his first hold of the season with a scoreless eighth inning against the Braves on Tuesday.

McGee allowed a single but struck out two in the inning, throwing 11 strikes among his 15 pitches. He's now struck out four over two innings of work since returning from the disabled list. McGee may eventually regain the closer role, but he'll likely continue to pitch in a setup capacity for as long as Brad Boxberger is performing well in the ninth.
May 19 - 10:17 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Cabrera hit a solo shot off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, his only hit in four at-bats. Cabrera was given a prime opportunity early in the season, batting third for 23 games for manager Kevin Cash, but he failed to capitalize and has now been moved lower in the order. The infielder is batting just .214 with his two homers and 11 RBI in 39 games.
May 19 - 10:14 PM

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