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44 Rene Rivera C
Height/Weight: 5-10/215 | Birthdate: 7/31/1983 | Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays start Curt Casali ahead of Rene Rivera


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Rays catcher Curt Casali is in the starting lineup for Monday's game. It's his third start in the last five games but just his 13th on the year.

He replaces Rene Rivera, who has started 66 games behind the plate for the Rays.  


Rays C Rene Rivera has average peak with two-hit Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) The Mendoza Line is suddenly in sight for Rays catcher Rene Rivera, who hasn't been hot all year, but is now at least warm.

Rivera slapped a double and single - off Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, no loss - in a Saturday victory. The latter hit gave his team a 2-0 lead.

He is now 8-for-19 over his last five games and has raised his average to .185, its highest point of the season.


Rays C Rene Rivera gets three hits, homers in loss to Royals


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

Rivera hit a solo home run to right field in the ninth inning to cut the Royals' lead to 9-5.

Rivera is hitting .318 with two home runs and five RBI over his last seven games.


Rene Rivera homers in Rays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of Saturday's win over Boston. 

Rivera went 1 for 3 and went deep for the fourth time this season. It was his first homer since June 16. Four of Rivera's last six hits have gone for extra bases. 

Rivera drove in his 17th run of the season. 


Rays' Rene Rivera collects three RBI in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Rays first baseman Rene Rivera was the lone bright spot in Tuesday's 16-4 loss to the Nationals.

Rivera went 2 for 4 with three RBI to lead the Rays. His biggest hit came in the ninth inning when he hit a three-run home run off Drew Storen.

Prior to Tuesday's two-hit game, Rivera had been hitting .188 with two RBI in his last seven games.


Rays' Cash: Logan Forsythe will start at 1B with James Loney out


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Utility infielder Logan Forsythe will be the Rays starting first baseman with James Loney sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken finger, manager Kevin Cash told reporters Monday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Cash added Rene Rivera and Tim Beckham will fill in at first base as needed.

Forsythe started at first base Monday against the Mariners and hit his fifth home run of the season. He has a .323/.379/.527/.906 slash line in his last 25 games.


Steven Souza, Rene Rivera out of Rays lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) The Rays gave a rest to two regular starters on Sunday. 

Right fielder Steven Souza and catcher Rene Rivera were both held out of the starting lineup. 

Souza had started the last 10 games in right. He'll be replaced by Brandon Guyer, who makes his second start of the year at the position. 

Bobby Wilson replaces Rivera behind the plate for the second time in 10 games and the eleventh time this season. 


Rene Rivera drives in four runs in Rays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera drove in four runs in Thursday's win over the Yankees. 

Rivera hit a three-run home run in the second inning and went 2 for 4 on the day, lifting his average to .141. Rivera's homer was his second of the year, and he now has nine RBI. 


Rays C Rene Rivera gets a breather on Tuesday vs. Red Sox


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera was held out of Tuesday's starting lineup against the Red Sox. Rivera has started six of the last eight games behind the plate for the Rays, and is batting a meager .115 over his last 26 at-bats (though he does have a home run in that span).

Bobby Wilson replaced Rivera as the backstop for manager Kevin Cash. 


Desmond Jennings at DH for Rays, Brandon Guyer, Rene Rivera to bench


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Desmond Jennings returned to the Rays' lineup on Saturday, after missing five games with a sore knee. 

Jennings will play designated hitter, not left field. Regular DH David DeJesus moves to left field, sending Brandon Guyer to the bench. 

Catcher Rene Rivera is also out of the starting lineup as backup Bobby Wilson gets a day in the starting lineup. Wilson will make his seventh start of the year and bat ninth.


Rays C Rene Rivera makes rare contribution with Friday blast


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera only joined his team's hit parade against Toronto once Friday night, but he had a "blast" doing it.

Rivera slugged his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to center that landed 421 feet from the plate. The tater only served to brighten a still-dismal slash line of .143/.186/.232, but Rivera has managed four hits in his last five games.


Bobby Wilson starts in place of Rene Rivera as Rays catcher


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera is not listed in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Bobby Wilson gets the start behind the plate, batting ninth in the order. It's his fifth start of the year and second in five games. 

The Rays are +102 money line underdogs against visiting Toronto. 


Rays' Brandon Guyer leading off in all-righty lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Rays left fielder Brandon Guyer is leading off Tuesday as the team uses an all-rightly lineup against the Blue Jays and left-handed starter Daniel Norris.

The Rays actually have eight righties and one switch hitter in the lineup, loading up against the rookie southpaw. Guyer is just 2 for 11 this season but hit .297/.366/.396 in 111 at-bats against lefties in 2014.

In addition to Guyer, the Rays have Logan Forsythe at second base, Rene Rivera at first base, Tim Beckham at shortstop and Bobby Wilson at catcher in the final four spots of the lineup.

The Rays are underdogs (+135) against the Blue Jays Tuesday.


Rays' Rene Rivera makes 'unbelievable play' in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera caught Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista attempting to steal to record a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play in the ninth inning of Monday's 2-1 win.

"Unbelievable play," manager Kevin Cash said after the game, per MLB.com. "Bautista got a really good jump from our angle. But, Rene can really throw, we know that about him. That might be as big of a play as we've had all season. ... Huge. Man on second, one out. He swings and misses. The whole play. They chase on the ball up. If not, we're sitting first and second and no outs and not in the most ideal situation. I just saw the highlight of the throw, it was a bullet down there."

The double play brought Josh Donaldson to the plate with two outs, and closer Brad Boxberger got him to fly out to end the game.

Rivera went 0 for 3 in the game and is hitting just .130/.167/.217 with two RBI in 23 at-bats.


Rays give Rene Rivera break, Bobby Wilson starting Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins.

Rivera is 0 for 15 with five strikeouts to open the season. The team will turn to Bobby Wilson, who made his season debut Friday and went 1 for 1 at the plate.


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.


Rays' Rene Rivera to work with Chris Archer in minor-league game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera told reporters that his calf is fine, according to Tampa Bay Times. He added that Chris Archer requested he catch him in a minor-league game, so that the two can get used to working with each other. Riveral will catch against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Another solid start for Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson records another strong start Wednesday, holding the Rays to one run on two hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.

Gibson's only blemish was a first-inning home run surrendered to Rays catcher Rene Rivera .

"I'll take the next two outings and keep trying to get sharp and just keep the consistency," Gibson said. "You're never exactly where you want to be at this game, so still working on things and still trying to iron things out."

Gibson has now started five games this spring, posting a 2.75 ERA in 19 2/3 innings with 17 strikeouts and seven walks.


Souza, Rivera return to Rays spring lineup Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera (calf) and outfielder Steven Souza (arm) returned to the spring lineup Wednesday against the Twins.

Rivera is batting .211 (4 for 19) with one home run and two RBI in seven games, while Souza is batting .133 (4 for 30) with two home runs and six RBI in 11 games.


Rays catcher Rene Rivera set to return to action Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera was able to take swings Monday after dealing with left calf tightness, reports MLB.com.

Rivera will resume game action Wednesday after an off day on Tuesday. He has missed the last few days with the injury.


Rays' Rene Rivera may DH in next few days


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera is sidelined with left calf tightness, but he may be able to hit within the next couple of days. 

Manager Kevin Cash said that he may use Rivera at designated hitter before Tuesday's off day, per Roger Mooney of TBO.com. Rivera won't catch again until after the calf is completely healed, however. 


Rays' Rene Rivera will sidelined several days with calf issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Rays catcher Rene Rivera is not expected to play for several days because of minor calf tightness, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Rivera was not in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, and remains without a timetable for return.

Rivera has four hits, including two doubles over his first 19 spring at-bats.


Rays' Archer impressed with Rene Rivera's presence behind the plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer said he was impressed with the way catcher Rene Rivera performed behind the plate during Sunday's spring game against the Phillies, per The Tampa Tribune.

Archer added he likes the way Rivera holds his mitt for a moment after catching a pitch, which allows the pitcher to see how much he is missing his spot.

“Pitches that you just miss on, instead of just taking them out of the zone and tossing it back to you, he shows you, and that gives you confidence as a pitcher,” Archer said. “He’s back there like, ‘Let’s go, baby, let’s go,’ communicating to you while you’re right here about to throw a pitch, and for me, that’s nice. He’s in front of you, but at the same time, he’s behind you 100 percent.”


Rays reach settlements with six remain arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rays have reached settlements with the six remaining players on one-year deals, reports the Tampa Bay Times on Friday.

Alex Cobb is due to make $4 million, while Jake McGee will make $3.55 million. John Jaso will make $3.175 million, Rene Rivera is set for $1.2M, and Logan Forsythe will earn $1.1 million next season. Drew Smyly settled for $2.65 million, plus the chance at an additional $25,000 if he makes 28 starts and $25,000 more if he gets to 30, per the report.