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June 1, 2015 02:16 PM
Blue Jays sign DH Luke Scott to minor-league deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Blue Jays have signed designated hitter Luke Scott to a minor-league deal on Thursday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Scott has a .258/.340/.481 slash line in nine seasons in the majors.  He will join Triple-A Buffalo, and will make approximately $550,000 if he reaches the majors -- something he hasn't done since 2013. 

June 2, 2015 04:00 PM
Luke Scott agrees to deal with KBO team
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Free-agent designated hitter Luke Scott has agreed to a deal with the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Scott played in 91 games with the Rays last season, batting .241/.326/.415 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 253 at-bats.

June 2, 2015 07:04 PM
Luke Scott activated for Rays
by Jeff Lippman |

The Rays have activated designated hitter Luke Scott from the disabled list Sunday. Scott is expected to be Tampa Bay's primary DH down the stretch. 

Scott, who had a back injury, is batting .249 on the season with nine home runs and 39 RBI over 78 games played. 

June 2, 2015 07:05 PM
Luke Scott on track to return Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott (back) was evaluated Saturday and is expected to come off the disabled list Sunday against the Athletics, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Scott batted .333 (4 for 12) in three rehab games with Triple-A Durham. He owns a .249/.336/.430 slash line with nine homers and 39 RBI before the injury.

June 2, 2015 07:09 PM
Luke Scott begins rehab assignment
by Jeff Lippman |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott (back) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham Wednesday night. The DH in the game, Scott, hitting second, went 1 for 4 with a single and a run scored. 

The Rays are hoping Scott can make it back Sept. 1. Scott is batting .249 with nine homers and 39 RBI over 237 at-bats this season. 

June 2, 2015 07:12 PM
Luke Scott starting rehab Wednesday
by Jeff Lippman |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays are hoping Scott can make it back Sept. 1. Scott is batting .249 with nine homers and 39 RBI over 237 at-bats this season. 

June 2, 2015 07:29 PM
Luke Scott lands on disabled list
by Jeff Lippman |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott could not get back in the lineup Saturday against Toronto and is headed for the disabled list, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Scott is dealing with back spasms and will rest them on the shelf. 

Scott has been bothered by the injury for about a week and his DL stint is retroactive to his last game played on Wednesday. Scott is batting .249 with nine homers and 39 RBI over 237 at-bats this season. He did not have an RBI over his previous 10 games. 

June 2, 2015 07:30 PM
Luke Scott still dealing with back spasms
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott was held out of Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays due to back spasms, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Scott wasn't available Thursday and has been bothered this entire week by the injury. He could be available to pinch-hit Friday, according to the report. He is slashing .249/.336/.430 with nine homers and 39 RBI in 237 at-bats.

June 2, 2015 07:53 PM
Luke Scott back in action
by Jeff Lippman |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott, who had been out since last Wednesday due to a stiff back, returned to action as the DH Sunday in New York. 

Scott went 0 for 5 in the 6-5 loss to the Yankees. He's batting .264 on the season. 

The 35-year-old has gone 1 for 11 in his last three games and just four hits since the All-Star break. 

June 2, 2015 07:54 PM
Luke Scott plans to play Sunday
by Jeff Lippman |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott hasn't played since Wednesday in Boston and is dealing with a stiff back, the Tampa Bay Times reports Saturday. Scott is day to day but said he expects to play Sunday. 

Scott has at least one base hit in nine of his last 10 games with three homers and eight RBI over that stretch. 

June 2, 2015 07:57 PM
Luke Scott becoming reliable again?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

If Rays DH Luke Scott can stay healthy, I don't see why he can't continue to build upon what he has done the last month. Since June 13, Scott is batting .344 with a .667 slugging percentage and 1.086 OPS in 28 games.

Now, Scott's probably not that good of a hitter to maintain that pace, but his numbers in 2011 and 2012 weren't great because he had trouble staying healthy. If you go back to 2008-10, Scott hit .266 with a .497 slugging percentage and .845 OPS. He is currently batting .270 with a .480 slugging percentage and .839 OPS. Those numbers are eerily close.

I know he's getting up there in age (35 years old), but the Rays will be contenders down the stretch and should provide Scott with plenty of lineup protection. If he stays on the field, then the potential for him to remain productive is there.

June 2, 2015 08:01 PM
Luke Scott extends hitting streak to 13 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott pushed his career-high hitting streak to 13 games Sunday against the Blue Jays with a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey. Scott is batting .383 (18 for 47) during his streak.

He also has a triple, four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI in his last 13 games.

June 2, 2015 08:07 PM
Luke Scott on torrid stretch since mid-June
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Rays DH Luke Scott extended his hitting streak to nine games Saturday against the Astros, going 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI. Scott is batting .438 (14 for 32) with one triple, two doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, six runs and six walks in his last nine games.

Scott has been locked in at the plate since mid-June. He is batting .373 with a .707 slugging percentage, 1.147 OPS, five home runs, eight doubles and 16 RBI in his last 23 games (19 starts).

June 2, 2015 08:10 PM
Luke Scott stays hot with another home run
by Chris Cwik |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott hit his seventh home run Thursday against the Twins.

Scott went back-to-back with Evan Longoria in the sixth inning. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk. Scott is hitting .270. 

June 2, 2015 08:13 PM
Luke Scott red hot over last month
by Jeff Lippman |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott, who homered in the first inning Monday against the Twins, has been red hot over the last month, MLB.com reports.

Scott entered Monday hitting .377 with 10 RBI over his last 17 games since June 13. He's had 11 extra-base hits over that span.

Rays manager Joe Maddon says Scott is red hot, but he's been even hotter.

"I've seen him really hot," Maddon said. "Last year at the beginning, he was really good. I think he's getting to that point again. I'd like to see it stay, man, because he does impact the baseball. He hits it to the gaps and drives in runs. He does all those different things. And again, it's just about his patience. When he's patient at the plate and makes the pitcher come to him, he hits the ball well."

June 2, 2015 09:57 AM
Luke Scott back at DH
by Chris Cwik |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott has returned to the lineup Friday.

Scott was not in Thursday's lineup and was replaced by Jose Molina. Scott will return to his normal spot at DH and hit seventh against Yankees pitcher David Phelps. Scott is hitting .234/.331/.383 in 128 at-bats. 

June 2, 2015 10:03 AM
Luke Scott's hard work paying off
by Jeff Lippman |

Rays outfielder Luke Scott had a nice game Saturday against the Royals. Scott homered for the fourth time this season as he went 2 for 3. 

Scott's two-run homer in the third inning came off former teammate Jeremy Guthrie. He added a walk in the game and is batting .239. 

Manager Joe Maddon moved Scott up in the order for the game, despite Scott going just 4 for 37 (.108) over the first 10 games of June. He worked with hitting coach Derek Shelton, however, prior to Wednesday's game, The Tampa Tribune reports. 

The following game, Scott entered as a pinch-hitter and recorded two hits. That began a run in which Scott went 5 for 6. 

"Just made a few adjustments, just kind of brought my setup to the same setup in that year," Scott said. "Shelty, he grabbed me and had a couple ideas on some drills that we could do. Just every day, we've been doing them, trying to stay on top of the ball and hit the ball up front."

June 2, 2015 10:11 AM
Luke Scott taking extra BP
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott arrived to the ballpark early Thursday and took batting practice with hitting coach Derek Shelton in attendance.

Scott told The Tampa Tribune that he's had a hard time finding his swing since returning from the disabled list. Manager Joe Maddon, along with Scott, both feel that he has been thinking too much in the batter’s box.

Scott has just seven hits in his last 55 at-bats and has seen his batting average drop to a season-low .215.

"He's a little bit of a Mr. Goodwrench. He'll overanalyze sometimes, and that can get in the way at some point," Maddon said. "I would just prefer that he goes out there and throws caution to the wind as opposed to his normal personality. Something like that, I think, might help. Just let it go a little bit. Let it rip."

June 2, 2015 10:24 AM
Slumping Luke Scott takes a seat
by Jeff Lippman |

The Rays starting lineup did not feature designated hitter Luke Scott Sunday against Baltimore. Scott was given a rest by manager Joe Maddon. 

The 34-year-old has just three hits since June began and is batting .224 on the year overall with just three homers and 18 RBI over 98 at-bats. Scott has gone just 6 for 44 (.136) over his last 14 games with 13 strikeouts. 

June 2, 2015 10:35 AM
Luke Scott notches three hits
by Jack Moore |

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over Miami.

Scott doubled twice and singled once. Scott's .268/.382/.423 line through 71 at-bats would be his best production since 2010.