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21 James Loney 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 5/7/1984 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 15/7 | Average Draft Position: 242.00
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Rays' James Loney, Asdrubal Cabrera suffer injuries on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:39 pm ET) Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's game in the eighth inning after suffering a mild groin sprain, per the Tampa Bay Times.

First baseman James Loney suffered a sprained finger but was able to complete the game. 

"Just a little sore," Loney said. "We'll see."

Cabrera went 1 for 3 in the game and committed his second error of the season. Loney went 2 for 4 and stole his first base of the year. 

"I feel a little sore, but it's more tightness," Cabrera said. "I think I'll be all right in a couple days."

 


Rays 1B James Loney collects four hits, three RBI in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney went 4 for 5 at the plate in Tampa Bay's 11-3 win over the Twins on Sunday. 

Loney collected two RBI singles in the third and sixth inning before smacking a double to right in the ninth off of J.R. Graham, scoring another run. Loney boosted his average to .273 with 10 RBI in 88 at-bats this season.


Rays to use James Loney as DH on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash moved James Loney as a designated hitter for Saturday's contest against Minnesota.

Cash told reporters he planned to give his regular first baseman a DH day at some point over the weekend, and felt Saturday was the best day to do so, per the Tampa Bay Times. Logan Forsythe moved to first base, with David DeJesus in left field.

Loney is hitting .241 (19 for 79) with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI this season.

Tampa Bay is favored (-110) at Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Rays give James Loney a rest on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Texas. 

Logan Forsythe replaces Loney at first and bats cleanup for the third time in four games.

The Rays are -156 money line favorites over Texas. 


Rays first baseman James Loney cranks second home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney went 1 for 3 at the plate in Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss to the Orioles on Sunday. 

Loney did his damage in the second inning when he blasted an 0-2 pitch from Wei-Yin Chen over the right field wall for a solo home run, his second of the year.

Loney, who also walked once and struck out once, boosted his average to .286 with six RBI in 35 at-bats.


Rays' James Loney hits homer on Friday after return from DL


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) James Loney returned from the disable list on Friday and hit his first home run, a two-run shot, since Sept. 9 in the Rays' victory over the Blue Jays.

"It's fun being back out there again," Loney said. "I'm just glad it's over." 

Loney's 15-day stint for a strained right oblique was his first-ever trip to the DL.


Rays activate James Loney, Drew Smyly from DL


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Rays removed first baseman James Loney and pitcher Drew Smyly from the 15-day disabled list Friday, according to the MLB.com transactions page.

Loney has been dealing with an oblique injury, while a shouler injury has kept Smyly sidelined. He is set to make his season debut Friday against the Blue Jays.

"He's worked really hard to get back here, he's chomping at the bit, and we have to be smart with him," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB Network Radio. "We'll be cautious."

Meanwhile, with Smyly and Loney no longer on the disabled list, the team sent Mike Mahtook and Allan Dykstra to their Triple-A affiliate.


Rays to activate Drew Smyly, James Loney Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The Rays are set to activate pitcher Drew Smyly and first baseman James Loney from the 15-day disabled list Friday after optioning two players following Thursday's 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

Smyly will make his season debut against the Blue Jays on Friday after opening the season on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury suffered this spring.

"Last time I faced them, I had the best game I've played," Smyly said, per MLB.com. "But I'm sure they could hit quite a few home runs, too, if I'm a little bit off. They have a lot of power up and down the lineup. A lot of righties. They're a very, very dangerous lineup. But baseball's crazy, man. You never know what's going to happen. It could work out well, it could work out bad. You just have to go out there and compete. That's all there is to it."

Loney has been dealing with an oblique injury but was able to serve as the designated hitter in his rehab debut Thursday.


Rays' James Loney to begin Class A rehab assignment Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday with Class A Charlotte, according to the Tampa Tribune. Loney has been out since the first game of the season with an oblique injury. He could rejoin the Rays this weekend. 

Rays first baseman James Loney hopes to rejoin team this weekend


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney is very close to a return to the majors, according to the Tampa Tribune. Loney is expecting to play in one minor league game this week and rejoin the Rays this weekend. 

Loney, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury, has been out since the first game of the season with the injury.


Rays' James Loney feeling well, on track to return this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney said Sunday he's feeling well and that he remains on track to return to action later this week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

"It's been hard, just sitting there and watching games," Loney said. "It goes by. It's just one of those things."

Loney is dealing with an oblique injury that has caused him to spend a stint on the disabled list for the first time in his career. He's first eligible to return Wednesday but will likely play a rehab game or two with Class A Charlotte.


Rays 2B Nick Franklin, 1B James Loney still need rehab games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin and first baseman James Loney both fielded ground balls prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees. Franklin and Loney, who are both dealing with an oblique issue, will still require minor-league rehab games before they're activated form the disabled list.

Rays 1B James Loney should return close to first eligible date


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that first baseman James Loney (oblique) should be able to return to the lineup around April 22, the first day he's eligible, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Loney was said to be dealing with a minor injury when he went on the disabled list last week, and it appears he shouldn't need a long stay on the disabled list. He's 0 for 2 with a walk in his only game of the season.


Rays' Cash: James Loney dealing with 'minor' injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash called the oblique injury that caused first baseman James Loney to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday "minor," the Tampa Tribune reports.

"It’s minor," Cash said. "But it’s one of those things that you don’t want him to try to get treatment for a day or two and go play though it and then it really becomes severe. So we’ll take these next 15 days and get him healthy and hopefully have him back by then."

Loney underwent an MRI Wednesday and was diagnosed with a mild right oblique strain. The trip to the disabled list is the first of his career, and it should be a short one.

"We anticipate a full recovery and him coming back when his day is up," Cash said.


Rays place Loney on DL with oblique strain, call up Dykstra


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney (side) was placed on the disabled list with a mild right oblique strain, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Loney was scratched from Tuesday's game due to the soreness he picked up in batting practice. He went 0 for 2 with a walk on Opening Day. 

The club also called up Allan Dykstra from Triple-A Durham and placed Burch Smith, who had Tommy John surgery Tuesday on the 60-day DL. Dykstra will hit No. 8 in the order against the Orioles.


Rays first baseman James Loney hopes to be back in a couple days


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney is dealing with a sore right side and is hoping to be back in the lineup in a couple days, reports the Tampa Bays Times.

Loney was scratched from Tuesday's game due to the soreness he picked up in batting practice and was removed for precautionary reasons. Loney went 0 for 2 with a walk in Monday's season opener.


Rays 1B James Loney (side) scratched from lineup Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays first baseman James Loney was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup against the Orioles and replaced by Logan Forsythe. Loney was scratched after tweaking his right side during batting practice. He was removed from the lineup for precautionary reasons.

Loney started Monday's season opener, going 0 for 2 with one walk.


Rays manager Kevin Cash rolls out lineup vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday's batting order against the Orioles will be the standard lineup for when a left-handed starter is on the mound, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Orioles are starting Wei-Yin Chen on Tuesday.

The Rays lineup Tuesday was Brandon Guyer (LF), Steven Souza (RF), Asdrubal Cabrera (SS), Evan Longoria (3B), Desmond Jennings (CF), Logan Forsythe (DH), James Loney (1B), Rene Rivera (C) and Tim Beckham (2B).


Rays to use Opening Day lineup vs. Tigers on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that his lineup against the Tigers on Saturday, will be the same he uses on Opening Day, and against right-handed pitchers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The club will roll with John Jaso, Steven Souza, Asdrubal Cabrera, Evan Longoria, James Loney, Desmond Jennings, Logan Forsythe, Rene Rivera and Kevin Kiermaier.

Against left-handed pitchers, Cash told reporters he will use Brandon Guyer at the leadoff spot, Jennings and Loney will flip spots in the order, Forsythe will serve as a designated hitter and Tim Beckham will be at second base, per the Tampa Tribune.


Logan Forsythe still expected to receive playing time at 1B this spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that Logan Forsythe will still receive some playing time at first base this spring. However, the Rays may revisit John Jaso as a possible backup to James Loney, and will consider outfielder Steven Souza only "in a pinch," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

James Loney keys Tuesday win with three hits


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Consistent Rays first baseman James Loney continued to produce Wednesday in a victory over the host Yankees. He slammed three hits, including a solo homer in the first inning and run-scoring single in the third.

Loney, who was following up a four-hit performance Sunday, owns a solid stat line of .289/.337/.385 with nine home runs and 66 RBI.


James Loney goes deep Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rays first baseman James Loney hit his seventh home run Tuesday against the Tigers.

Loney struck in the first inning. With two men on base, Loney took a 93 mph fastball from Max Scherzer out to right for a three-run shot. Loney would go on to single twice during the contest. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


James Loney ends long power drought with homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Rays first baseman James Loney put together yet another multi-hit game Friday, his third in a row, in a win over the Yankees.

Loney went 2 for 4 in Friday's game and clubbed his first home run since July 1 in the 5-0 win. He also drove in a run with a fielder's choice earlier in the game, finishing with two RBI and one run scored.

Loney is 7 for 13 over the last three games, with five RBI, raising his season line to .289/.341/.378 in 463 at-bats. 


James Loney given break against left-hander


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) A matchup against Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada has Rays first baseman James Loney sitting on Thursday. Sean Rodriguez will man the position instead.

Loney, who is batting .254 against southpaws this season, has been on a tear at the plate with four multi-hit games in the last five. His seven-game hitting streak has sweetened his stat line to .292/.347/.381.


James Loney average production more pronounced lately


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Rays first baseman James Loney has gained a reputation for a lack of power production despite a strong average. He has done nothing to dispel that perception in recent weeks.

Loney has improved his average from .273 to .284 with 17 hits in his last 47 at-bats and four multi-hit games in the last five. But he has just two extra-base hits with no home runs since July 1 and four RBI since July 2.

He has, however, been more than serviceable this season with 47 RBI and 41 runs scored in 99 games.