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2/26/2015 | Odorizzi muscles up to take bite out of season's grind

Jake Odorizzi got stronger in the offseason without bulking up too much as he prepares for the grind of a 162-game season.


2/26/2015 | Over injury hurdle, Beckham excited to be at camp

Tim Beckham wants to forget his past injury history and focus on the future, including winning a spot on the Rays' Opening Day roster.


2/26/2015 | Rays' Casali, Wilson form bond while fighting for job

A position battle may be settled before Spring Training based on body of work, but when it comes to the Rays' backup catcher spot, two players are definitely fighting for a job.


2/25/2015 | After busy offseason, Beliveau excited for season

Jeff Beliveau was hanging out at home in Rhode Island a few weeks after the Rays' season ended when his phone rang. It was the Major League Baseball Players Association, and they wanted to know if Beliveau had any interest in a two-week tour of Japan while pitching in the MLB Japan All-Star Series.


2/25/2015 | Francisco: Rays presented best opportunity for me to play

The Rays' roster isn't loaded with traditional power hitters, but non-roster invitee Juan Francisco fits the profile.


2/25/2015 | Visa issue resolved, Belisario reports to camp

A visa issue held up reliever Ronald Belisario for a few days, but he showed up at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday morning ready to compete for a spot in the Rays' bullpen.


2/25/2015 | Balfour returns home to be with ailing father

Rays reliever Grant Balfour left camp on Wednesday to be with his ailing father in Australia.


2/24/2015 | Jepsen eyes 'friendly competition' for closer's role

Kevin Jepsen for Matt Joyce looks like one of those deals that could benefit both teams.


2/24/2015 | Longoria knows the Rays always find a way

Throughout an offseason of change for the Tampa Bay Rays, Evan Longoria always believed it would turn out OK.


2/24/2015 | Jennings reports to camp noticeably lighter

Desmond Jennings isn't saying anything. He doesn't have to. Jennings' body is doing all the talking, and his body is saying the speedy outfielder intends to run more this season.


2/23/2015 | Cash cool, calm on his first day

Kevin Cash showed up for the Rays' first Spring Training workout for pitchers and catchers wearing No. 16. Everyone knows that the new Tampa Bay manager did so while standing in the shadow of the previous skipper, Joe Maddon, whose familiar No. 70 was not present Monday. Or was it?


2/23/2015 | Asdrubal may play shortstop, second base or both

Count Asdrubal Cabrera as one of the early arriving position players Monday when the Rays' pitchers and catchers had their first official spring workout. He has mainly been a shortstop, so that would appear the natural slot for him to assume. But it's not a foregone conclusion that he won't play second base, or both positions.


2/23/2015 | Balfour eyes return to closer role

Rays reliever Grant Balfour's 2014 campaign didn't go as planned. Now the Sydney, Australia native is ready to change his fortunes in 2015 and regain his role as the club's closer.


2/23/2015 | Under new manager Cash, revamped Rays open camp

Spring Training officially began Monday morning when Rays pitchers and catchers took the field for their first workout. The workout kicked off the team's 18th overall camp and seventh in Charlotte County. Kevin Cash welcomed 38 pitchers and catchers to Charlotte Sports Park to begin his reign as manager of the Rays.


2/22/2015 | Rays owner intends to explore new stadium sites

Stuart Sternberg plans to begin looking for a new stadium site, even without permission from the city of St. Petersburg, the Rays owner said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.


2/22/2015 | Longoria's performance among Rays' questions

Spring Training officially opens Monday, when the Rays pitchers and catchers hold their first workout. One of the team's three key questions is whether Evan Longoria can have a bounce-back season in 2015.


2/21/2015 | Fans turn out at Tropicana Field to support new-look Rays

Saturday afternoon's Fan Fest turnout at Tropicana Field spoke volumes: Rays fans are ready to embrace their new-look club.


2/20/2015 | Several promotions planned for spring initiative

The Rays will honor Charlotte County school employees, veterans and Little Leaguers on different occasions throughout March at Charlotte Sports Park.


2/20/2015 | Cash looking to employ everyday lineup for Rays

Throughout the Rays' winning run that began in 2008, the team rarely employed anything resembling an everyday lineup. That could be subject to change.


2/20/2015 | Rays embrace underdog status in AL East

Tampa Bay finds itself in a familiar role as the spring underdog after a fourth-place finish in 2014, but you won't hear any complaints from the Rays' camp. Tthe underdog is exactly the role they want to play.


2/20/2015 | Leadership pinpoints pitching as Rays' strength

Yes, the Rays have concerns heading into the beginning of Spring Training, according to the team's new leadership, but those concerns seemed to pale in comparison to the strengths of the team. Tampa Bay is thrilled with its strong rotation and bullpen heading into 2015.


2/18/2015 | Inbox: Lee destined for The Show this season?

Will Hak-Ju Lee make it to the Majors this season? Is Evan Longoria still considered a Hall of Fame-type player? Rays beat reporter Bill Chastain answers those questions and more in the latest edition of his Inbox.


2/17/2015 | Multiple spots up for grabs in Rays' lineup

James Loney will again anchor first base with the Rays, but other spots aren't as clear, like the middle infield and the outfield, both of which have undergone change.


2/16/2015 | Rays head to spring with new look, same expectations

Spring Training is a week away for the Rays, as they will begin their 18th camp, and seventh in Charlotte County, on Feb. 23. Kevin Cash will welcome 38 pitchers and catchers to Charlotte Sports Park to begin his reign as the manager of the Rays.


2/16/2015 | Auld emphasizes promise, change in Presidents' Day message

Rays president Brian Auld offers a message to fans on Presidents' Day.




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