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Ben Zobrist went 2-for-5 with a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth as the Rays edged the Yankees 1-0 on Monday.

The game featured 11 hits, 10 of them singles. Three of those came in the bottom of the ninth off Shawn Kelley. Zobrist is 5-for-13 with over his last three games. His homer Sunday was his first since July 29.
Sep 15 - 11:07 PM

Alex Colome pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees in his spot start Monday.

Colome, called up before the game, was making his third start in the majors this year after opening the season on a 50-game PED suspension. He's always been an intriguing talent, though he still might project better in the pen than in the rotation for the long haul. It's unclear whether the Rays will give him another start before season's end.
Sep 15 - 11:05 PM

Chris Archer tossed seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Rays' 6-5 defeat of the Blue Jays.

Archer was left with a no-decision because Jake McGee blew the save in the bottom of the ninth and the Rays had to win it in extras. The young right-hander was sharp, striking out nine batters and yielding only three hits. He has a 3.54 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 180 2/3 innings this season.
Sep 14 - 5:00 PM

Jake McGee blew his fourth save of the season on Sunday but the Rays rallied to beat the Blue Jays.

McGee was asked to protect a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and had the Jays down to their last strike, but John Mayberry tied the game suddenly with a solo home run to left field. The Rays retook the lead in the top of the 10th and Jeff Beliveau picked up his first career save in the bottom of that frame. McGee has blown three saves this month, but he still has a cool 1.82 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season.
Sep 14 - 4:55 PM

Alex Colome will be recalled to start on Monday against the Yankees.

The Rays will also promote Nick Franklin and C.J. Riefenhauser. Colome missed the first 50 games of the season while serving a PED suspension but then posted a 3.53 ERA with 83 strikeouts across 97 innings for Triple-A Durham. He also pitched pretty well in a spot start for the Rays back in June.
Sep 14 - 9:58 AM

Bob Sutton of the Burlington Times-News reports that the Rays will recall Nick Franklin.

Triple-A Durham finished their International League playoff run Saturday, so Franklin will now get a chance with the big club. The Rays will finish a series in Toronto on Sunday, so Franklin seems likely to join the club on Monday in Tampa. Acquired from the Mariners in the three-team deal in July, Franklin has hit .272/.366/.412 with 11 homers and 11 steals at the Triple-A level this season and should see pretty regular playing time down the stretch. He's worth owning in deeper leagues.
Sep 14 - 9:33 AM

Evan Longoria blasted his 21st home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Blue Jays on Saturday in Toronto.

Longoria's solo shot off R.A. Dickey tied the score at 3-3 to begin the sixth inning, but that wound up being the extent of the Rays offensive output for the afternoon. He also doubled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 to raise his season slash to .252/.320/.406 to go along with 87 RBI.
Sep 13 - 3:58 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 and scored a run in Saturday afternoon's loss to the Blue Jays.

Zobrist also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in three of his four trips to the plate. He's having another solid season atop the Rays lineup, slashing .270/.355/.394 with nine homers and 45 RBI.
Sep 13 - 3:56 PM

Jeremy Hellickson pitched well but settled for a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday after allowing two runs (three earned) on four hits over his six frames.

Hellickson punched out eight hitters on the afternoon while walking four. All three runs against him came across in the third inning, one of them unearned due to a throwing error. The right-hander will carry a 1-3 record, 3.63 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 51/19 K/BB ratio into Friday's start against the White Sox.
Sep 13 - 3:55 PM

Nate Karns was brilliant in his first start with the Rays on Friday, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.

You know, because the Rays need more pitching. Added to the rotation this week after Drew Smyly reached his innings limit, Karns was nothing short of brilliant after a shaky first inning. He fanned eight and walked two while throwing 72 out of 114 pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old has a promising matchup next week against the Yankees and could be worth a try as a streaming option.
Sep 12 - 10:10 PM

Grant Balfour notched his first since July 1 in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Jake McGee pitched the eighth inning and Brad Boxberger was apparently unavailable, so Balfour got the call to protect a 1-0 lead. He was pretty sharp, retiring the side in order while recording two strikeouts. Still, we're not expecting Joe Maddon to make a habit out of this down the stretch.
Sep 12 - 10:09 PM

Ryan Hanigan slugged a solo homer in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

His third-inning blast was the only run of the night for either side. Hanigan is highly-regarded for his ability behind the plate, but he's had another disappointing year with the bat, putting up a lowly .229/.320/.348 batting line to go along with five homers and 33 RBI.
Sep 12 - 10:09 PM

Rays signed RHP Neil Wagner to a minor league contract.

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says it's a two-year deal that includes an invitation to 2016 spring training. Wagner, 30, was released by the Blue Jays earlier this month after having Tommy John surgery in August. It's no surprise that there was interest in Wagner, whose fastball sat in the mid-90s pre-surgery. If he regains his old form, it could prove to be a nice under-the-radar signing by the Rays.
Source: Sportsnet
Sep 12 - 10:31 AM

Yunel Escobar provided the Rays all of their offense on Thursday, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two home runs, and four RBI, but the Yankees walked off 5-4 winners.

Escobar broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a three-run home run off of Michael Pineda, then added another run in the seventh with another home run of the solo variety against Pineda. Escobar hadn't homered since June 16 and still only has six on the season along with 37 RBI and a meager .253/.320/.332 slash line.
Sep 11 - 10:36 PM

Jake McGee blew his third save of the season against the Yankees on Thursday, giving up a walk-off three-run home run to Chris Young.

It's only the fourth time in 69 appearances this season that McGee had yielded more than one run. With a 4-2 lead, Cobb hit Chase Headley in the jaw to lead off the inning, then gave up a double to Ichiro Suzuki to put the tying run in scoring position. After Zelous Wheeler struck out, Chris Young parked a three-run home run to left field, handing the Rays a staggering walk-off loss, as Alex Cobb was four outs from a no-hitter earlier in the game. McGee's ERA jumps up to 1.74 with the performance and he's now 17-for-20 in save situations.
Sep 11 - 10:30 PM

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