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The Tampa Bay Rays appear close to reaching a deal to sign free agent Hideki Matsui, according to multiple sources. The 37-year-old last played with the Oakland Athletics in 2011, batting .251 with 12 home runs and 78 RBIs. At this point in his career, Matsui is primarily a designated hitter, as his knees make his defense even less suspect. Matsui is expected to sign a minor league deal and be assigned to Triple-A Durham, but the Rays are still hoping that he has enough pop left in his bat to warrant a call-up to the big leagues. Tampa Bay has used Luke Scott as its’ main designated hitter this season, and he has performed admirably thus far, batting .275 with 3 home runs and 14 RBIs in 12 games. After a hot start to the 2012 MLB season, the Rays have cooled off a bit, so they are looking to infuse a bit of offense and veteran leadership into the club house. Matsui spent his first seven MLB seasons with the New York Yankees where he was a two-time All-Star and won the 2009 World Series MVP on the way to helping the Bronx Bombers bring home their 27th world championship. Prior to coming to the Yankees, Matsui was a star in Japan, posting an average of .304 with 332 home runs in nine seasons with the Yomiuiri Giants. Over a combined 16 professional seasons, Matsui has hit 505 career home runs, hitting 173 in MLB with the Yankees, Athletics and Los Angeles Angels.     Kelley writes for The Pigskin Report as well as Hardball Chat. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24 and Like The Rob Kelley Sports Network on Facebook. Kelley is a former sports reporter for various newspapers throughout the state of Florida, and had his first book published I'm Not a Quitter after moving back to Massachusetts.

Rays in discussions with Hideki Matsui

The Tampa Bay Rays would like to bolster their depth at designated hitter and in the outfield and have had discussions with free agent Hideki Matsui. If signed, Matsui likely would receive a minor league contract and be sent to extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Durham. The 37-year-old has played nine major league seasons for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles...

Rays sign Hideki Matsui to minor league deal

Jack Curry of the YES Network is reporting that the Tampa Bay Rays are signing Hideki Matsui to a minor league deal. Last season, Matsui played for the A's, and he had his worst season yet in America. Matsui had a .696 OPS and homered just 12 times in 141 games. Matsui will be 38 in June, and his best years are clearly behind him. Since leaving the Yankees after the 2009 season...

Report: Hideki Matsui Close to Signing Minor-League Deal With Tampa Bay Rays

Hideki Matsui might be heading back to the AL East. The former Yankees slugger is close to signing a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to the YES Network's Jack Curry. Matsui has played the last two years on the West Coast, one with the Angels and one with the Oakland A's. The 38-year-old outfielder hit .251 last year for Oakland with 12 home runs while...

Rays ground crew dances to 'Apache"

Your browser does not support iframes.There's a lot to cheer about if you're a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team is currently tied for first in the AL East and is sporting the best home record in the league. Perhaps their ground crew has something to do about that?Not only can these guys maintain the playing surface at Tropicana Field, but they can "jump on it"...

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Whether it be in October or April, Halloween is just an excuse for insanely attractive women to dress like strippers. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria and his gorgeous Playboy Playmate girlfriend Jaime Edmonson attended something called a “Halloween in April” party, with Edmonson dressed as a harem girl, and Longoria as either a gladiator or Roman soldier with a bladder problem...

Rays' Rodney greets former Angels teammates, not Scioscia

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. During pregame stretch Tuesday, shortstop Erick Aybar embraced Fernando Rodney and playfully tugged at the Tampa Bay Rays closer's goatee. Rodney shook hands with Albert Pujols and hugged several Angels relievers. There were no such pleasantries between Rodney and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, not after Rodney, the former Angels reliever, fell out of favor...

Special moments aplenty in Rays' win vs. Halos

ST. PETERSBURG The Los Angeles Angels couldn't hit David Price Tuesday evening, but that didn't mean the Tampa Bay Rays lefthander went unscathed. First, there was a shaving-cream pie in his face courtesy of Rays ace James Shields in the middle of a post-game interview on the field. And then Price's teammates got in some good shots when he entered the clubhouse, minutes...

Former NBA player Matt Geiger interferes with foul ball at MLB game (Video)

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Rays earn day off after winning Twins series

ST. PETERSBURG - This is one day off the Tampa Bay Rays have earned the right to savor. Following their 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Sunday at Tropicana Field, they can kick back Monday on the heels of their fourth victory in the past five games and second consecutive series win. If two out of three ain't bad, then that must mean the Rays are pretty good. They quietly...

Guess That MLB Halloween Sack

Of course it’s Evan Longoria as Spartacus at Sunday’s Halloween in April party after the Rays 6-2 victory over Minnesota. With an off-day on Monday, the Rays took advantage. We’re talking a Red Bull DJ booth because Longoria is now sponsored by Red Bull. We warned you guys the Edmondson-Longoria relationship would yield classic WAG-related material. Best combo in the game....

Rays go for fifth straight win against Angeles

Tune into Sun Sports at 6:30 p.m. to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Los Angeles Angels. Albert Pujols claims he's not concerned with his numbers. The Los Angeles Angels' record won't give him much comfort, either. The struggling slugger will try to begin shaking out of his season-opening slump as the Angels attempt to snap their four-game losing streak to the...

Rays 5, Angels 0

David Price pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout, Tampa Bay homered four times, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 on Tuesday night. Price (3-1) gave up all singles in his first shutout since a four-hitter against Toronto on April 25, 2010. His only other complete game came July 2, 2010, against Minnesota. Desmond Jennings, Luke Scott, B.J. Upton and Carlos...

Rays Roundup: Pujols Even More Dangerous

The Rays aren't taking Albert Pujols lightly despite his season-opening slump, Godzilla is soon to join the franchise on a minor league deal, Desmond Jennings and his bat are starting to heat up and former NBA center Matt Geiger is contrite for interfering with a ball in play on Sunday. All of that and more in today's edition of Rays Roundup.
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