July 2011

Upton in the Lineup

B.J. Upton is in the Rays’ lineup for Sunday’s game against the Mariners.

The Rays center-fielder has just over two hours to see if he’ll remain a member of the Rays. Teams still reported to be interested in obtaining Upton include the Nationals, Reds, and Indians.

–Bill Chastain

Tigers Interested in Peralta

According to a tweet by John Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the Tigers are interested in Rays reliever Joel Peralta.

Peralta leads the American League with 52 appearances and the Rays control him through 2012, though he is arbitration eligible.

The report did not speculate what the Rays might get in return for the right-hander.

–Bill Chastain

Felipe Lopez to the Brewers

The Rays have traded veteran infielder Felipe Lopez to the Brewers for cash considerations.

Lopez , 31, hit .216 in 36 games  during two stints for the Rays this season.

The Rays designated Lopez for assignment on June 12 and retained him after he agreed to return to Triple-A Durham, where he has played since. Lopez hit .305 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs for the Bulls this season.

–Bill Chastain