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July 20, 2015 11:40 PM
Rays DH Grady Sizemore gets optioned to Triple-A Durham
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

Rays designated hitter Grady Sizemore has been optioned to Triple-A Durham, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Sizemore, who it hitting .231 with two home runs and 13 RBI, will go to Durham to try and get more at-bats and a bigger workload.

July 17, 2015 11:20 PM
Grady Sizemore hits solo homer for Rays
by Shawn Krest |

Rays right fielder Grady Sizemore hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to Toronto.

Sizemore went went 1 for 4 and went deep for the second time this year. It was his first homer since June 29. 

The home run snapped a 19 at-bat hitless streak spanning seven games. 

July 10, 2015 09:47 AM
John Jaso returns to Rays' lineup at DH
by Shawn Krest |

John Jaso will return to the Rays' lineup in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader. 

Jaso has been out since Opening Day with a wrist contusion. He completed a minor league rehab assignment on Monday and was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday. 

Jaso is playing designated hitter and batting leadoff. His return moves Grady Sizemore to left field. Sizemore has started six games at DH since joining the team. 

July 10, 2015 09:52 AM
Rays DH Grady Sizemore drives in two runs in Thursday's loss
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Rays designated hitter Grady Sizemore was able to drive in two runs during Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Indians.

Sizemore went 2 for 4 with two strikeouts during the game. Sizemore is 6 for 18 with one home run and four RBI in four games for the Rays this season.

July 10, 2015 09:55 AM
Rays DH Grady Sizemore hits first home run of season Monday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Rays designated hitter Grady Sizemore provided the only offense for the Rays during Monday's 7-1 loss to the Indians.

Sizemore broke up Cody Anderson's perfect game in the seventh inning when Sizemore hit a solo home run. It was his only hit in four at-bats during the game.

"It just felt good to come up with a big hit in a situation where we needed it, but beyond that, you're just kind of thinking about how we didn't pull out the win today," he said, per

Monday was his second game since signing with the Rays. Sizemore also played for the Phillies, which released him after hitting .262 in 103 at-bats this season.

July 10, 2015 09:57 AM
Rays DH Grady Sizemore gets three hits in loss to Red Sox
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

Rays designated hitter Grady Sizemore went 3 for 5 with a RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

Over his last three games, Sizemore is hitting an impressive .461 with six hits.

July 10, 2015 09:57 AM
Rays promote Grady Sizemore; option Matt Andriese to Triple-A
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

The Rays called up Grady Sizemore for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, the team announced.

Sizemore was recently signed by the Rays after being released by the Phillies. Sizemore will bat second and be the designated hitter for Sunday's contest.

Meanwhile, to make room for Sizemore, the team optioned pitcher Matt Andriese to Triple-A. Andriese tossed six scoreless innings during his start Saturday.

July 10, 2015 10:02 AM
Grady Sizemore makes minor league debut for Rays
by Shawn Krest |

Outfielder Grady Sizemore made his debut in the Rays organization on Monday with an appearance in Class A Charlotte. 

Sizemore played left field, batted fifth and went 0 for 2 in a rain-shortened game. He flew out twice to right and made one putout in left field. 

Sizemore signed with the Rays on June 15 after he was released by the Phillies. 

July 10, 2015 10:10 AM
Rays sign outfielder Grady Sizemore to minor-league deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore has found a new home with the Rays. Sizemore, who was released by the Phillies on June 1, signed a minor-league deal with Tampa Bay, the team announced Monday.

Sizemore, who will turn 33 years old on Aug. 2, was let go by Philadelphia after hitting a disappointing .245 with no home runs, five doubles and six RBI in 39 games. 

Sizemore's career has been beset by injuries, but prior to dealing with a myriad of injuries, he was a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner with the Indians.

June 1, 2015 02:01 PM
Phillies designate outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment Friday to clear a roster spot for Cody Asche, who was recalled from the minors.

Sizemore had made 23 starts, including 21 in right field, which was the second-most on the team behind Jeff Francoeur (25 starts in RF). 

The veteran outfielder hit .245 with no home runs, five doubles, six RBI, four runs, six walks and 23 strikeouts in 39 games.

June 1, 2015 02:13 PM
Phillies OF Grady Sizemore gets four hits in win on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore had his first four-hit game in nearly six years in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks. Sizemore had a double and three singles, and also scored a run the 7-5 victory.

Sizemore's last four-hit game came on August 21, 2008 as a member of the Indians. The big night upped his season batting average to .275 and he now has nine hits over his last six games. He said that receiving steady at-bats has helped trigger his current success at the plate, reports.

"It felt good to have some good swings and get the win," Sizemore said. "I felt like I didn't have a lot of at-bats or a lot of consistent at-bats, so I try to just do what you can to stay sharp and relax up there and keep grinding it out."

Manager Ryne Sandberg agreed, saying Sizemore has progressed into a comfort zone with regular at-bats.

"Grady just seems to be clicking right now," Sandberg said. "He gave us some real good pinch-hits, he got some hits and I think that got him rolling. Now with some starts, he seems to be in a groove. He's just seeing the ball real good, squaring it up."

June 1, 2015 02:15 PM
Struggling Phillies' Chase Utley bats sixth on Friday vs. D-Backs
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been dropped down to the sixth spot the order for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. It's the first time since 2005 that Utley has started a game batting lower than fifth. He has yet to break out of his season-long slump that has seen him hit just .118 on the year. 

Grady Sizemore will occupy the third slot in the lineup for the first time this season.

June 1, 2015 02:29 PM
Phillies OF Jeff Francoeur out again on Saturday vs. Marlins
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Francoeur, who had started eight games in a row prior to Friday's contest, is hitting an abysmal .121 with zero home runs and zero RBI over his last 10 games.

Grady Sizemore was once again inserted into the lineup in right field, and batted fifth for manager Ryne Sandberg. 

June 1, 2015 02:43 PM
Phillies' Sizemore draws first start in six games with Haren on mound
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore drew his first start in six games Tuesday against the Marlins. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg might have made the move given Sizemore's history against Marlins starting pitcher Dan Haren.

Sizemore is batting .550 (11 for 20) with two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, three walks and three strikeouts in his career against the veteran right-hander.

June 1, 2015 03:00 PM
Phillies adjust outfield alignment in second game of the year
by Brandon Wise |

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has decided to adjust his outfield for Philadelphia's second game against the Red Sox, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sandberg is going with Ben Revere in center field, Darin Ruf in left field, and Jeff Francoeur in right field, pushing Grady Sizemore and Odubel Herrera to the bench. Ruf will make his season debut after hitting .235 with three home runs and eight RBI in 102 at-bats in 2014.

June 1, 2015 03:04 PM
Phillies OF Grady Sizemore draws start in right field for opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore drew the start in right field for Monday's season opener against the Red Sox. Sizemore could see the bulk of starts in right field with Domonic Brown on the disabled list.

Sizemore has never faced Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz in his career.

June 1, 2015 03:09 PM
Grady Sizemore the favorite to start in right field for Phillies?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

It appears Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore is on track to be the team's Opening Day starter in right field with Domonic Brown sidelined due to injury, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sizemore started a third straight spring game in right field Thursday against the Rays, which could be a strong indication of manager Ryne Sandberg's plans for right field with Brown on the disabled list.

The other remaining candidates to start in right field are Jordan Danks and Jeff Francoeur.

While Sizemore appears to be the favorite to start in right field, he is not having a strong performance offensively this spring. He is batting just .200 (9 for 45) with no extra-base hits, three RBI, four walks, five strikeouts and six runs in 17 games.

June 1, 2015 03:10 PM
Phillies RF competition down to Sizemore, Danks, Francoeur
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

With the demotion of outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the minors Wednesday, the competition to be the Phillies starting right fielder with Domonic Brown sidelined is down to Jordan Danks, Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore, per The News Journal.

June 1, 2015 03:13 PM
Phillies' Amaro expecting Sizemore to be on Opening Day roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Although Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore has struggled offensively this spring, leading to some speculation about whether he will make the Opening Day roster, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday he expects the veteran outfielder to remain on the roster.

“For me he is (on the team),” Amaro said. “Sizemore can swing the bat.”

June 1, 2015 03:19 PM
Phillies OF Grady Sizmore competing to keep roster spot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore has seen more playing time in minor-league games rather than major-league games as of late because the team wants him to quicken his bat after seeing him struggle to stay ahead of pitches in Grapefruit League games, manager Ryne Sandberg said.

"It should be a good thing for him going forward," Sandberg said Wednesday, per The News Journal. "...I think getting him seven or eight at-bats in minor league camp sometimes goes a long way for guys making adjustments and coming out with not only some hits but some reps like that all in one day."

Although the Phillies signed Sizemore to a one-year, major-league deal in October, it sounds as though his spring struggles have put him on the hot seat. Sizemore is batting just .148 (4 for 27) through 12 spring games, and Sandberg wouldn't confirm if Sizemore has a spot on the Opening Day roster.

"As far as the outfield goes, I don't have that settled," Sandberg said Tuesday.

Sizemore is aware of the situation and will continue to compete in order to keep his spot on the roster.

"I play every spring regardless of what my situation is," Sizemore said. "You're fighting for a spot. No, I've been around long enough to know what I need to do and how things are going. So whatever happens moving forward, I'm good with that."

Situational Stats
vs Toronto1741 .235 .529 .235
vs RHP255635 .298 .369 .247
Last 7 Games
Minor League Batting Stats
2002A-Brevard Cty752563766154026364199.258.351.348
2011AA-Akron Aeros6201830032200.400.455.550
2011AAA-Columbus Clippers281200122300.250.400.625
2014AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi114651310125700.283.353.370

Player Info

Seattle, WA
Tampa Bay Rays

MLB Experience:

2007: AL Gold Glove-CF
2008: AL Gold Glove-CF