Feast your eyes on Charlie Morton's pitch movement. It's magic. You won't be able to stop watching.
The Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play home games in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.
Chris Archer pitched seven solid innings and the Tampa Bay Rays won the first game of the new Major League Baseball season, roughing up Masahiro Tanaka and beating the New York Yankees 7-3 Sunday. Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered and drove in three runs apiece before a sellout crowd of 31,042 at Tropicana Field on opening day. Tanaka, who had baseball’s ERA in spring training, was tagged for a career-worst seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Amid a sizzling offensive stretch, David Ortiz has been able to enjoy another milestone with the Boston Red Sox. He's also been quite productive against Tampa Bay's Drew Smyly during his career. Less than 24 hours after recording his 500th homer, Ortiz looks to stay hot and continue his success against Smyly in Sunday's finale against the Rays at Tropicana Field. With two home runs in Saturday's 10-4 victory, Big Papi became the 27th player in major league history to reach 500 and joined Jimmie Foxx (1940), Ted Williams (1960) and Manny Ramirez (2008) in hitting the mark in a Red Sox uniform.
UPDATE, 6:39: LHP Jake McGee was sent home to have his left checked after tweaking it on the second to last pitch of his Tuesday outing. ... Cash said RHP Matt Andriese, called up Wednesday, will work out of the bullpen. ... Asdrubal Cabrera is the DH today to give him a day off his feet. ... Cash said there was no explanation for the team's majors-worst 2-9 record in extra innings. ... He also suggested that Boxberger's struggles could be the result of hitters adjusting to his pitches.