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Rays catching prospect Justin O'Conner cranked three hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Montgomery.

He also scored three runs, doubling for the third time in as many games. O'Conner has struggled offensively, hitting .199 this season with 50 strikeouts in only 136 at-bats. Fortunately, he's been a stud behind the plate, throwing out 35 percent of would-be base stealers. Tampa Bay used its first-round pick on O'Conner back in 2010.
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May 27 - 2:01 PM

Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract.
May 27 - 9:52 AM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) will appear in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

It will be his first game action since going down with a right pectoral strain at the end of last month. Yates could rejoin the Rays' bullpen in a couple weeks if all goes well.
May 27 - 8:51 AM

Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Cabrera hasn't started the last two games due to a minor groin strain. He expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.
May 27 - 8:13 AM

Evan Longoria went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Longoria doubled twice in the game, including a bases-loaded, two-run double in the ninth inning. The third baseman is riding a 10-game hitting streak that has his overall line up to .289/.372/.452. Longoria has 23 RBI and 25 runs scored in the middle of the Rays lineup.
May 26 - 11:49 PM

Jake Elmore went 2-for-5 with four RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Elmore came through multiple times on the evening, knocking a two-run single in the first inning and adding an RBI single in the third. Elmore also had an RBI ground out in the team's three-run ninth. The outfielder has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats and has likely earned himself some more starts with his hot hitting.
May 26 - 11:38 PM

Alex Colome gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Things got off to a rocky start for Colome, as four of the first five hitters singled to produce two runs in the top of the first inning. Colome settled down to allow just one more hit and one more walk over the next 4 1/3 innings. He was unable to improve his 3-1 record but he did lower his ERA to 4.55. The right-hander will next take on the Angels on Monday.
May 26 - 11:32 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is "getting closer" to full baseball activities.

Jennings has been running since mid-May and he played catch and took swings on Tuesday, but he hasn't gone full-bore yet with any of those activities. There's no timetable for his to return to the Rays. Jennings has been out since April 26 with left knee bursitis.
May 26 - 4:23 PM

Steven Souza (wrist) hopes to return to the Rays' lineup on Friday.

Souza sprained his left wrist in a home plate collision on Sunday, but said he's only dealing with some mild pain and no swelling. While he's hoping to return Friday, he should have a better idea about a timetable after going for tests Tuesday.
May 26 - 3:55 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

Cabrera made an early exit Sunday with a mild groin strain and will now miss his second straight game. Tim Beckham will start at shortstop Tuesday.
May 26 - 3:09 PM

Steven Souza (wrist) is out of the Rays' lineup again Tuesday against the Mariners.

Souza sprained his left wrist in a collision at home plate on Sunday and will miss his second straight game. He's considered day-to-day. Brandon Guyer will start in right field and bat leadoff Tuesday while Jake Elmore will play left.
May 26 - 2:42 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that Logan Forsythe will function as the regular first baseman with James Loney (finger) sidelined.

This will open things up for Nick Franklin to get more playing time at second base. Rene Rivera, Jacob Elmore, and Tim Beckham could also see some reps at first base, but Forsythe should get most of the playing time. Loney is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
May 26 - 9:12 AM

Jake Odorizzi lost his third straight decision despite yielding only two runs (one earned) in seven innings against the Mariners on Monday.

Odorizzi has notched quality starts in all five May outings, but has lost his last three because the Rays have provided him a grand total of four runs of support. On Monday, he scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Both runs scored in the first inning, thanks in part to a Tim Beckham fielding error. Odorizzi, sporting a fantastic 2.31 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 53/12 K/BB ratio over 66 1/3 innings, will try to get back in the win column in Baltimore against the Orioles next.
May 25 - 10:11 PM

Logan Forsythe walked and hit a solo home run, providing the Rays' only run in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

Forsythe put the Rays on the board with a sixth-inning solo shot to left field off of Roenis Elias. The 28-year-old has done a terrific job, batting .299/.374/.487 with five home runs and 21 RBI. He has played mostly at second base in the absence of Nick Franklin and has value in mixed leagues as long as he's hitting the way he is and getting regular at-bats.
May 25 - 10:08 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) expects to return Tuesday.

Cabrera is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night against the Mariners after leaving Sunday's game with a groin strain. The strain is of the minor variety.
May 25 - 4:01 PM

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