1 of 5 View 5 Items Orlin Wagner, AP Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter C.J. Cron is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Hammel during game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Related Links Utah baseball program placed on NCAA probation Utah baseball pushing through a challenging season History made when Utes took baseball regular-season series from BYU ANAHEIM, Calif. — A former All-American at the University of Utah had to travel across the continent to revitalize his stagnating career. C.J. Cron — twice the Mountain West Conference's Player of the Year and twice a first team All-American with the Utes — has become a vital member of the Tampa Bay Rays after four frustrating seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Cron is on pace for career highs in three major offensive categories; he leads the Rays with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs … [Read more...] about Former Ute standout C.J. Cron wielding big stick for Tampa Bay
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After the upstart Tampa Bay Rays set the baseball world on its ear by starting reliever Sergio Romo for a pair of one-inning stints over the weekend, it was only natural to wonder who might be the first to copy that innovation. Could it be the Twins, who have ex-Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi in their rotation, former Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton as their bench coach and former Rays pitching analyst Josh Kalk working in their front office? “I haven’t talked to Josh about that,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “He talks about a lot of things, but I haven’t heard that one yet.” In the Rays’ case, they decided to use a high-leverage reliever against a righty-heavy Los Angeles Angels lineup before switching to lefty Ryan Yarbrough on Saturday and a trio of relievers, including lefties Jose Alvarado and Anthony Banda, on Sunday. “They’re creative down there,” Molitor said. “They talked about doing some things … [Read more...] about Could Twins try their own version of Tampa Bay Rays’ Sergio Romo plan?
By Bill Plunkett | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterApril 11, 2018 at 6:47 pm LOS ANGELES — Dodgers right-handers Yimi Garcia and Daniel Hudson have been sent from extended spring training to join Triple-A Oklahoma City. Garcia has not pitched in a major-league game since April 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery that season. He was in camp with the Dodgers this spring and pitched in a handful of Cactus League games. But it was decided he needed a little longer to complete his rehab from the elbow surgery. Hudson, meanwhile, was signed to a minor-league contract by the Dodgers a little over a week ago after being released by the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of spring training. The 31-year-old is a veteran of eight big-league seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates has twice returned from Tommy John surgery. He pitched well out of the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in 2015 but has had two less successful seasons since then. UP … [Read more...] about Dodgers’ Yimi Garcia, Daniel Hudson leave extended spring training for Triple-A
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are now old enough to drink. They turn 21 today, as in they start their 21st season in the majors.And I'd buy them a beer except they're going to have to introduce themselves first.Who are these guys?You look around for familiar faces and you only see a few.There's Chris Archer, the perpetual ace of the pitching staff who still needs to step up his game to pitch like an actual ace.There's pitcher Blake Snell, who is 25 yet could pass as a junior for Plant High School.There's centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, with the gold glove and dreamy green eyes.And there a few others we recognize, such as slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, occasional slugger Brad Miller, catcher Wilson Ramos and pitchers Alex Colome and Matt Andriese.But many of the guys Rays fans grew to simultaneously love and complain about are gone. No more Steven Souza, Jr. No more Logan Morrison. No more Corey Dickerson. No more Alex Cobb. And, it's still hard to believe, no more Evan … [Read more...] about Who are these Tampa Bay Rays?
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama plans to attend the Tampa Bay Rays' exhibition game in Cuba on March 22. Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications and speechwriting, tweeted the announcement Tuesday after Major League Baseball and the players' association announced arrangements had been finalized for the game against the Cuban National Team in Havana. The White House announced the president's brief visit to Cuba last month. It will mark a watershed moment in relations between the U.S. and Cuba, making Mr. Obama the first sitting U.S. president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. While in the country, President Obama plans to meet with groups advocating for change in Cuba, a condition the president had laid out publicly for such a trip. He will meet with President Raul Castro -- but not his older brother Fidel, who has been a longtime adversary of the United States for decades. "It adds a great dimension to the trip, and it's going to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo President Obama to attend Tampa Bay Rays-Cuba game in Havana