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Rays' Randy Arozarena: Singles three times
Arozarena went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 12-5 win over the Mets.
The outfielder had tallied just seven hits in his last thirteen games before Saturday's strong showing at the plate. The lack of power, highlighted by Arozarena's having recorded three extra-base hits since April 28, is concerning. That being said, Saturday's three-hit game was a step in the right direction for Arozarena.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Joey Wendle: Records four hits
Wendle went 4-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 12-5 win over the Mets.
The cleanup hitter was a nightmare for the Mets throughout Saturday's contest, playing a considerable role in the Rays' 12-run outburst. Wendle's average had fallen to .267 after a rough stretch at the plate, but is now back up to .289 on the season. The 31-year-old has hit three homers in 2021, but power isn't his forte. Rather, multi-hit performances like Saturday are what give Wendle his legitimate fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Michael Wacha: Sunday 'extended' bullpen set
Wacha (hamstring), who threw a pair of bullpen sessions earlier in the week, is slated for an "extended" one Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
The right-hander has apparently responded well to the recent activity, clearing the path for a projected boost in volume Sunday. If Wacha remains free of setbacks following the latest session, he's likely to next face live hitters or potentially embark on a short rehab assignment before activation.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Doubles twice in blowout
Diaz went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's 12-5 win over the Mets.
It was undoubtedly the best offensive performance thus far in 2021 for Diaz, who's hitting .333 in his last seven games with just three strikeouts in 24 at-bats during that span. Despite having yet to homer this season, the first baseman has been a legitimate offensive contributor in past seasons and shouldn't be overlooked despite the early lack of power.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shane McClanahan: Earns first win
McClanahan (1-0) allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk, earning the win in Saturday's 12-5 victory over the Mets.
The flame-throwing lefty yielded two home runs on sliders down the middle, which accounted for all four runs. Saturday was the longest, albeit highest runs allowed, start of the season for McClanahan, who pitched exactly four innings in each of his first three appearances. The young southpaw boasts elite stuff and has the potential to be a dominant starter once he improves his command of it.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Josh Fleming: Will start Sunday
Fleming will start Sunday's game against the Mets, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
This will mark the fourth start of 2021 for Fleming, who has also made three relief appearances and has posted a 2.73 ERA in 29.2 total innings pitched. Fleming could match up nicely against the Mets' lefty-heavy lineup.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Activated, on bench
Choi was activated from the injured list Saturday, but he is not in the starting lineup, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Choi will be activated from the injured list for the first time this season, though he'll have to wait for his first start. That is likely to come Sunday with right-hander Marcus Stroman projected to be on the mound for the Mets. Yandy Diaz is starting at first base and batting third for the Rays on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Closing in on return
Choi (knee) is feeling better and is close to returning, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Choi has been sidelined for the entire season after undergoing a knee scope in late March. He's continued to deal with soreness while rehabbing, but he has apparently made enough progress that his return is now imminent.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Chris Archer: Begins throwing program
Archer (forearm) began a throwing program Friday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Archer has been sidelined with forearm tightness since April 10. His injury was originally not expected to sideline him for an extended amount of time, but he was transferred to the 60-day injured list in early May. Archer will now continue to work at the team facility and is first eligible to be activated June 10.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Oliver Drake: Throws first bullpen
Drake (elbow) is throwing his first bullpen session Saturday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Drake suffered a flexor strain during the 2020 playoffs and has been sidelined since. He will be eligible to return from the injured list June 1, though manager Kevin Cash said that Drake is "a ways away" from returning to game action.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Chaz Roe: Making progress
Roe (shoulder) is throwing a bullpen session Saturday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Roe hit the injured list April 5 with a shoulder strain. It was initially reported that he would be shut down for six weeks, so his first bullpen session remains in line with that timeline. Even so, Roe will be absent until at least early June due to his status on the 60-day injured list, though his absence will likely extend beyond his initial eligibility.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Austin Meadows: Gets breather Saturday
Meadows is not in Saturday's lineup against the Mets, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Meadows will draw a day off after starting six consecutive games. He recorded four extra-base hits in that span, but he also struck out at a 44 percent clip. He'll give way to Brett Phillips, who will patrol center field and bat eighth.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Mike Zunino: Smashes solo shot
Zunino went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of walks in Friday's 3-2 win over the Mets.
Zunino blasted a moonshot to left field off Mets starter David Peterson in the eighth inning to get the Rays on the board. The 30-year-old Zunino has homered three times in his last seven games. The catcher has a .218/.291/.551 slash line with eight homers, 16 RBI and 16 runs scored across 86 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Pete Fairbanks: Picks up win
Fairbanks (1-0) allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win Friday versus the Mets.
Fairbanks entered with the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, and he did his job well. Brett Phillips then hit a walkoff single for Tampa Bay in the bottom of the ninth. Fairbanks has a 1.59 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 7:3 K:BB across 5.2 innings this season. He's recorded four holds in six outings. The right-hander is expected to see high-leverage work in the late innings.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tyler Glasnow: Fans 10 in no-decision
Glasnow allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out 10 over eight innings in a no-decision versus the Mets on Friday.
The only damage against Glasnow came in the form of a two-run home run by Jonathan Villar in the fifth inning. Friday was the fifth time in nine starts Glasnow has racked up double-digit strikeouts. Unfortunately, he's given up seven long balls in his last five outings. For the season, the right-hander has a 2.35 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 85:20 K:BB across 57.1 innings. He remains at 4-2 heading into next week's start versus Baltimore.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Still searching for first homer
Diaz posted three multi-hit efforts over the nine games prior to Friday's series opener against the Mets, but he remained without a home run over his first 148 plate appearances of the season.
Diaz's two home runs in 2020 thus serve as the only instances in which the infielder has left the yard across the 286 plate appearances since the start of that campaign. It's a stark drought, considering the 29-year-old was coming off having slugged a career-high 14 round trippers in 2019, his first Rays campaign. Diaz had just a 3.6 barrel percentage and 83.1 mph average exit velocity going into Friday's action, so the fact he only has four extra-base hits -- all doubles -- over 148 plate appearances isn't exactly surprising.... See More ... See Less
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