Found May 02, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Rodriguez and Luke Scott homered for Tampa Bay, helping Rays right-hander James Shields become the AL's first five-game winner with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Shields (5-0) allowed four runs and five hits, walked four and struck out 11 over six innings to win his sixth straight decision over two seasons -- matching the longest winning streak of his career. Kyle Seager homered twice off the 2011 All-Star, driving in all of Seattle's runs. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer off Blake Beavan (1-4) in the third. Scott's solo shot off the Seattle starter glanced off centerfielder Michael Saunders' glove before clearing the wall to snap a 4-4 tie in the sixth.

Longoria set for tests Tuesday on sore left knee

The official word on Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was that he had soreness behind his left knee and would undergo further testing Tuesday. "Kind of a day-to-day gig right now," manager Joe Maddon said. Longoria was hurt while caught stealing in the third inning. His foot got caught on the foot of Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan, who tagged him out...

Rays take wait-and-see approach to Longoria

ST. PETERSBURG Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria sustained a left hamstring-knee injury early in Monday nights game against Seattle but the club isnt ready to place him on the disabled list. Andrew Friedman, executive vice president of baseball operations, told the media Tuesday morning following the introductory press conference of free agent-slugger Hideki Matsui that the first...

Matsui ready to get to work in Rays' system

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Inside a jammed auxiliaryclubhouse, some 50 Japanese media members and a large local press contingentgathered Tuesday morning for the official introduction of the highest-profileminor leaguer in Tampa Bay Rays history. Hello, Hideki Matsui. The iconic Japanese slugger and longtime fixture for the New York Yankees tookhis seat on a platform beside a translator...

Evan Longoria Down, Rays Out?

Evan Longoria has a partially torn hamstring. He’ll miss at least four weeks and as many as eight while he rehabs the injury. His team is left with a slim four-and-a-half game lead on last-place Boston and two months without their star. Their internal options may not seem scintillating, but they could do just enough… provided Longoria can return healthy. First, let’s set the...

Rays' Longoria out 4-8 weeks

A few hours after denying a report that third baseman Evan Longoria will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury, the Tampa Bay Rays acknowledged Thursday afternoon that Longoria will be out 4-8 weeks with a partially torn hamstring. Longoria left Monday's 3-2 win over the Mariners with soreness behind his left knee with a "hamstring-knee issue." The St...

Longoria placed on 15-day disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring that's expected to sideline him four to eight weeks. The Rays received the test results before Tuesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners. Longoria is hitting .329 with four homers and 19 RBI. The three-time All-Star was...

Rays' minor leaguer Beckham suspended 50 games

Tampa Bay Rays minor-league shortstop Tim Beckham has been suspended for 50 games for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Beckham, 22, is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Durham Bulls of the International League. He is hitting .204 with no homers for Durham this season...

Rays' Longoria to miss six to eight weeks

The Rays were being optimistic after Evan Longoria hurt his leg last night, but tonight, the mood is much less upbeat in Tampa Bay.   #Rays say Longoria has partial tear of left hamstring. Out 6-8 weeks. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 1, 2012   This is absolutely not what the doctor ordered for the Rays. Longoria had played in all 23 of the Rays games so far, and his .994...

Minor League Drug Suspensions – Where to be Concerned?

Former Tampa Bay Rays’ first overall pick Tim Beckham was suspended by Minor League Baseball for failing a drug test. While the drug name was not released, it is known to be a Drug of Abuse, or non-PED. Seeing this made me wonder if recreational drugs caused more suspensions and got me to look at the 29 suspensions from this year. They can be broken into 4 categories: Drugs of...

Rays' Evan Longoria headed to DL

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has a partial tear of his left hamstring.

Rays prospect Tim Beckham suspended 50 games

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Tim Beckham, the #1 overall pick in the 2008 draft, was suspended for 50 games today for violating the minor league substance abuse policy, as tweeted by the official MiLB account. Former No. 1 overall pick Tim Beckham of Tampa suspended 50 games for drug of abuse -- second violation. More to come. — (@MinorLeagues) May 1, 2012 ...

Rays 3, Mariners 1

Matt Joyce had two of Tampa Bay's three hits, including a solo homer and RBI triple, to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 for their ninth victory in 10 games on Tuesday night. Rookie Matt Moore (1-1) scattered seven hits over five innings to get the win, which kept the first-place Rays atop the AL East standings. Michael Saunders had a solo homer...

Rays defeat Mariners to finish 4-game sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Keppinger hit a two-run homer and Desmond Jennings added a two-run triple to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Thursday to complete a four-game sweep. Jeff Niemann (2-3) allowed three runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings as the Rays extended their winning streak to five with their 11th victory in 12 games. The Mariners concluded...
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