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Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons.
Apr 18 - 11:32 PM

Rays designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment.

It's a curious move as the Rays still owe Balfour almost $7 million. Either way, this is one signing Tampa Bay would like to forget. The usually cash-conscious Rays splurged for a closer last offseason, only to find Balfour's best years were behind him. He imploded Saturday against the Yankees, giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. The 37-year-old will probably land another big league job, but he's getting close to the finish line.
Apr 18 - 11:13 PM

Jake Odorizzi struck out nine batters and allowed three runs over six innings in Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Yankees.

Despite another good outing he was unable to come away with the win, as Masahiro Tanaka completely dominated Odorizzi's offensive teammates. A Brian McCann RBI triple(!) in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie. Despite the ultimate team loss, Odorizzi is off to one of the best starts in the majors. His ERA sits at a sterling 1.75 and he's allowed just nine hits over 20 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old has struck out 19 over that same stretch. He'll try to continue his high-strikeout ways against the Blue Jays.
Apr 18 - 11:10 PM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham.

Grant Balfour, owed $7 million, was removed from the 40-man roster on Saturday night after getting rocked by the Yankees. Gomes will take that spot and pitch in a middle relief role. The 30-year-old right-hander showed good promise this spring in the Grapefruit League.
Apr 18 - 11:09 PM

Kevin Kiermaier is not in the Rays starting lineup on Saturday.

The outfielder is batting an illness and is feeling a bit under the weather. He should be ready to return to the lineup in a day or two.
Apr 18 - 3:31 PM

Nate Karns was handed a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday after giving up two runs over five innings.

Karns only gave up two hits, but they were costly, as they both left the yard via home runs from Stephen Drew and Alex Rodriguez. He struck out seven and walked four in the no-decision and owns a 4.58 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings across his first three starts this season. The control has been shaky, but he's worth using in AL-only leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.
Apr 17 - 11:32 PM

Allen Dykstra connected for his first major league home run Friday against the Yankees.

Dykstra hit a go-ahead three-run shot off Adam Warren in the fourth inning, but Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees battled back to get the win. Called up after James Loney's recent oblique strain, the 27-year-old is just 2-for-17 in the majors thus far, but he has drawn six walks.
Apr 17 - 11:31 PM

Rays recalled 2B Ryan Brett from Triple-A Durham.

He'll provide some infield depth for the Rays. Brett, 23, batted .303/.346/.448 with eight homers and 27 steals at Double-A last season.
Apr 17 - 3:59 PM

Rays optioned OF Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Durham.

Mahtook homered in one of four at-bats Wednesday in his big league debut. Ryan Brett has replaced him on the roster.
Apr 17 - 3:57 PM

Rays recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham.

He's replacing Jeff Beliveau on the roster. Riefenhauser will serve as the lone left-hander in the Rays' bullpen.
Apr 17 - 3:54 PM

Rays placed LHP Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

He first began dealing with a "dead arm" in spring training and said Friday that it's yet to go away. Riefenhauser has been recalled to replace Beliveau on the roster.
Apr 17 - 3:53 PM
John Jaso - DH - Rays

John Jaso (wrist) played catch Friday without a glove on his left hand.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that the swelling has not gone down in Jaso's wrist, thus the reason for him still not being able to wear a glove yet. He's eligible to return from the disabled list next Wednesday but seems unlikely to be ready at that time.
Apr 17 - 3:22 PM

Evan Longoria is considered day-to-day with a bruised hip after being drilled by a pitch during Thursday's game against the Blue Jays.

Longoria appears to have avoided any significant injury, which is fantastic news to Rays fans and fantasy owners alike. He may get a day of rest on Friday, but should return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Apr 16 - 10:43 PM

Chris Archer fanned 11 over seven scoreless innings in dominating the Blue Jays in Thursday's win.

The bullpen was shaky, but Tampa Bay held on to win 4-2. Archer has allowed a total of three hits over 14 scoreless innings his last two times out. His command may come and go at times, but he should be an asset in mixed leagues all year long.
Apr 16 - 10:20 PM

Tim Beckham delivered his second pinch-hit homer of the year Thursday off the Jays' Aaron Loup.

A former No. 1 overall pick probably shouldn't aspire to be Manny Mota, but Beckham sure has done nice work off the bench so far, with the two homers and a triple in five at-bats as a pinch-hitter. The Rays might start giving him more time at second base to show what he can do.
Apr 16 - 10:12 PM


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