Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
Most Recent Entries
- Rays v Yanks: Nova to DL, Teixeira returns, updates on Cobb, Helly, DJ and lineups
- Rays v Yankees: Jennings out with groin injury
- Rays vs Yankees: lineups
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- Rays @ O’s: Brrrrrrrrrr
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Rays v Yanks: Nova to DL, Teixeira returns, updates on Cobb, Helly, DJ and lineups
Posted Apr 20, 2014 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM
ST. PETERSBURG – The big news out of the Trop this morning is the Yankees placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day DL with a partial tear of his right UCL, the same injury that will lead to Tommy John surgery for Rays LHP Matt Moore.
The Yankees made a flurry of roster moves this morning, including activating 1B Mark Teixeira from the DL. Teixeira is batting fifth.
On the Rays side, CF Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup again because of a sore groin. He said he doesn’t believe it is a long term issue. In fact, he said he’s come to the Trop each day during this four-game series expecting to be in the lineup.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson resumed his throwing program this morning after taking several days off due to soreness in his right elbow. He said the soreness came from throwing a curveball while in Kansas City. Hellickson said he doesn’t view this as a setback and still expects to return by early June.
RHP Alex Cobb made an appearance. He said he should return from his strained left oblique in six weeks.
The Rays won the last two games, outscoring the Yankees 27-2 since trailing 4-0 after the second inning Friday.
Cesar Ramos faces Vidal Nuno in a matchup of a pair of converted relievers.
Here are the lineups for this Easter Sunday:
Nuno LHP (0-0, 8.84)
Ramos LHP (0-1, 7.50)
Rays v Yankees: Jennings out with groin injury
Posted Apr 19, 2014 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 19, 2014 at 06:34 PM
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays are without CF Desmond Jennings tonight for the second straight game.
Jennings suffered a groin injury during the first inning Monday at Baltimore. Manager Joe Maddon said Jennings is available to pinch-hit tonight, but, like he did Friday when Jennings delivered a pinch-hit single, Maddon will use a pinch-runner if Jennings gets on.
Maddon said Jennings should return to the lineup Tuesday.
The Rays recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser for tonight’s game to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. Brad Boxberger was second down afte3r working two innings in Friday’s come-from-behind 11-5 win against the Yankees. Riefenhauser is making his major league debut.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson had his throwing program interrupted by soreness in his right elbow. He is expected to resume throwing Sunday.
Derek Jeter is not in the lineup tonight for the Yankees.
Here are the lineups:
Nova RHP (2-1, 5.94)
Loney 1 B
Archer RHP (1-1, 4.50)
Rays vs Yankees: lineups
Posted Apr 18, 2014 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays hand Erik Bedard the ball tonight in hopes the veteran left-hander can help pull the team out of their four-game losing streak.
Bedard, who pitched in relief Sunday, is making his first start since join the organization this season on a minor league deal. Bedard had made 225 career starts. He was 4-12 last season with Houston.
CF Desmond Jennings is not in tonight’s lineup. Manager Joe Maddon said Jennings legs are sore and he wants to give them a break from the Trop’s AstroTurf.
The Rays face RHP Hiroki Kuroda, who is 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA in five career starts against the Rays.
Here are the lineups:
Kuroda RHP (2-1, 3.86)
Bedard LHP (0-0, 0.00)
Rays @ O’s: Brrrrrrrrrr
Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM
BALTIMORE – The Rays and Orioles conclude this rain-shorten series this afternoon on a chilly day in the Inner Harbor. More football weather than baseball weather.
In fact, the Orioles grounds crew had to chip ice off the tarp before uncovering the field this morning.
The high today is supposed to be 51, but the wind chill will make it feel much colder. Forget it if your seat is in the shade.
The teams might be playing a doubleheader today if O’s manager Buck Showalter had his way. Before Tuesday’s game was rained out, Showalter told the O’s writers, “I think our guys are mature enough to understand there’s a price to pay for doubleheaders, especially when they are put off until August.”
When told of Buck’s thoughts, Rays manager Joe Maddon said, “We’d be much more mature if we had a day off.”
The Orioles are off Thursday.
Maddon also said it rained so much Tuesday even the mailman would have taken off.
Before today’s game Showalter admitted a doubleheader today would not have been a good idea since a number of is players are fighting the flu.
No word yet on when the rainout will be rescheduled.
Looking ahead, Maddon announced the rotation for the four-game series with the Yankees that begins Thursday: David Price, Erik Bedard, Chris Archer, Cesar Ramos.
Here are the lineups:
Rays @ O’s: Lineups
Posted Apr 14, 2014 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 03:32 PM
BALTIMORE – The Rays begin a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards against the Orioles, who dropped two of three over the weekend to the Blue Jays.
Right-hander Brad Boxberger was recalled today to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. He replaces lefty Jeff Beliveau, who was recalled and optioned Sunday, working a perfect inning in between during the Rays 12-4 loss to the Reds in Cinciannti.
Rays manager Joe Maddon is going with a nearly all-right-handed lineup against Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen. The only lefty bat is first baseman James Loney.
Maddon is also batting Evan Longoria and Wil Myers back-to-back like he did Sunday. Maddon said Sunday that was a one-day only move, but Longoria was hitting third and Myers fourth. Tonight Longoria is fourth and Myers fifth.
Maddon also wants Brandon Guyer in the lineup since two of Guyer’s career home runs have come at Camden Yards. He and his wife, Lindsay, live an hour away from Baltimore.
From the defying logic department: The Rays are 3-0 in their last five games when scoring two or fewer runs and 0-2 when scoring three or more.
Here is the Rays lineup: