Tampa Bay Rays

March 12, 2011 - 12:24 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Cesar Cabral has entered the Rule 5 spin cycle. The 22-year-old, who had a 3.63 ERA and more than a strikeout an inning while splitting 2010 between Low-A Greenville and Hi-A Salem, was selected by the Rays in Dec. in baseball's Rule 5 draft. Players selected in the...
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March 10, 2011 - 9:24 am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- It was a homecoming of sorts for Carl Crawford . Yet the circumstances were unique. For the first time in his career, the 29-year-old was sitting in a dugout opposite from the one occupied by the Rays team with whom he spent his first nine big league seasons. Thanks to the...
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Mike Petraglia
February 23, 2011 - 10:43 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- You'd be hard pressed to find a Red Sox fan past infancy who doesn't remember how the Manny Ramirez era ended in Boston in 2008. There was the perception that he cared more about his own career than winning a third World Series title with the Red Sox. It was ultimately that...
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February 18, 2011 - 8:51 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As an opponent, he inflicted a strange form of torture. Members of the Red Sox simply hated to face Carl Crawford . That notion truly commenced on Opening Day of the 2003 season, when one unlikely walkoff homer golfed from just off the ground against a Chad Fox slider managed to...
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Mike Petraglia
February 16, 2011 - 12:00 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Competition is a good thing. Jacoby Ellsbury made it clear that he believes that when it comes to the question of who will win the stolen base crown. Turns out, the main competition might be in his clubhouse all season. Ellsbury said Wednesday he hasn't seen or made formal...
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February 02, 2011 - 3:49 pm
Yes, the fact that Felipe Lopez signed a minor league deal with the Rays was a disappointment to the Red Sox . Had the infielder signed a major league deal with another club, it would have netted the Sox a sandwich pick in the 2011 draft, offering a handsome return for the minimal investment (...
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February 01, 2011 - 3:39 pm
According to a report from Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times ( via twitter ), veteran infielder Felipe Lopez is expected to sign a minor-league deal with the Rays in the coming days. If accurate, the report would represent a bit of bad news for the Red Sox , who signed Lopez during the...
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February 01, 2011 - 8:09 am
It was in 2005 that Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez last neighbored in the Red Sox outfield, in a pairing that had lasted four years and included three playoff appearances and a World Series trophy. On Tuesday, Damon and Ramirez were giddy in the renewal of their partnership in the American League...
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January 25, 2011 - 9:47 pm
Rhode Island native Rocco Baldelli , whose major league career appeared headed for stardom before an unusual illness prevented the outfielder from being able to stay on the field consistently, told the St. Petersburg Times that he has decided to retire from baseball at the age of 29. Baldelli had...
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January 12, 2011 - 10:18 am
After garnering a playoff spot last season, the Rays have had trouble retaining many of the players that had a giant role in getting the team into the postseason, losing some big names to free agency. But no part of their team has taken as much of a hit as the bullpen, which has already lost three...
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