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Rays' Trevor Richards: Receives starting nod Friday
Richards will start Friday's game against the Blue Jays, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Richards being named as Friday's starter does not come as a surprise as the right-hander logged four innings while allowing two unearned runs in relief of Charlie Morton (shoulder) in Sunday's win over the Yankees. Richards started 23 games last season between Miami and Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Willy Adames: On base four times
Adames went 3-for-5 with a walk, a double, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Red Sox.
Adames extended his hitting streak to four games and contributed to the Rays' offensive barrage in Boston. One day after clubbing his first home run of the season, Adames recorded his third multi-hit effort of the campaign. Across 64 plate appearances this season, Adames is hitting .286/.375/.482 with 12 runs scored and five RBI.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Brandon Lowe: Stays hot at plate
Lowe went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Red Sox.
Lowe began his productive effort at the plate with a deep home run to right field for his fifth long ball of the season. He followed that up with a timely single in the fourth inning, as well as a lineout that drove in a run in the eighth frame. He's maintained an impressive .309/.382/.676 line across 76 plate appearances to this point in the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yonny Chirinos: Successful bullpen session
Manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Chirinos's (triceps) bullpen session went well, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
This is fantastic news for a Rays team that is also currently without Charlie Morton (shoulder). It's not entirely clear when Chirinos will be activated, but given his successful bullpen session, it would not be surprising to see the right-hander start a game for Tampa Bay within the next week. Chirinos has allowed just one earned run in 8.2 innings pitched over two starts this season.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Hunter Renfroe: Goes yard twice
Renfroe went 3-for-6 with two home runs, a double, three RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Red Sox.
Renfroe was a big part of the Rays' offensive onslaught against the Red Sox, contributing his third and fourth home runs of the season. The first was a two-run shot in the third inning, followed by a solo long ball in the sixth frame. Prior to this effort, Renfroe had gone 12 games without a homer, recording just three extra-base hits in the at span. Overall, he's hitting just .200/.302/.491 across 63 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Mike Zunino: Contributes to offensive barrage
Zunino went 1-for-5 with a home run and four RBI against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Zunino took a Marcus Walden offering yard in sixth inning for a three-run home run, extending the Rays' lead to 16-5. It was his second long ball of the season, but first in his last 11 starts. The story on Zunino's shortcomings at the plate remain the same, as he's striking out at a 38 percent clip through 45 plate appearances. Overall, he's hitting .103/.222/.282.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tyler Glasnow: Another short outing
Glasnow allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight across four innings Thursday against the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
Glasnow was given 10 runs to support his endeavor to earn his first win, but he failed to pitch efficiently enough to qualify. Positively, he kept the ball in the yard and racked up strikeouts. However, he surrendered five extra-base hits and regularly worked deep into counts while running up his pitch count. Glasnow has an incredible 15.9 K/9 through 15.1 innings this season, but that has been offset by a 5.9 BB/9 and 1.8 HR/9. He has also yet to complete five innings of work in any of his four outings, but he'll look to change that his next time through the rotation Tuesday at the Yankees.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Charlie Morton: Throws from 120 feet
Manager Kevin Cash said Morton (shoulder) threw from 120 feet Thursday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Morton felt good during Thursday's throwing session and is expected to throw from 120 feet again Friday. The right-hander is eligible to return from the injured list next week, though the Rays have yet to indicate whether he'll be ready to return following a minimum stay on the shelf.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Michael Perez: Headed for more playing time
Perez is projected to start seeing a greater share of the at-bats in his timeshare with fellow backstop Mike Zunino, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Mikey (Perez) has done a good job, he's gotten some big hits for us," manager Kevin Cash said. "We want to keep some level of consistency for both of them.''
Perez's .176/.250/.176 line is almost as poor as Zunino's .088/.225/.206 slash, as the Rays are simply getting minimal offensive production from the catcher position no matter who they turn to. However, Perez has actually delivered four RBI on just three hits, and his solid play behind the plate has earned him two starts in the last three games.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Sitting against lefty
Kiermaier is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Rays manager Kevin Cash will give the lefty-hitting Kiermaier the day off in the series finale with southpaw Kyle Hart on the bump for Boston. Manuel Margot replaces Kiermaier in center field, batting seventh.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Sitting out series finale
Choi is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Choi will take a seat after going 2-for-12 with a double, three walks, an RBI and a run scored while starting at first base in the first three games of the series in Boston. Jose Martinez will fill in for Choi and bat second Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Willy Adames: Finally leaves yard in '20
Adames went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his first round tripper of the season, in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old's solo shot broke a season-opening 16-game power drought and served as his sixth extra-base hit of the campaign overall. The blast also extended Adames' modest hitting streak to three games, and fantasy managers can have some cautious optimism that the shortstop may be ready to break out on the power front. Through 58 plate appearances, Adames boasts a career-high 56.3 percent hard-contact rate that should lead to a few more balls leaving the yard if it persists.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Brent Honeywell: Throws live BP
Honeywell (elbow) threw live batting practice Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Honeywell fired 15 pitches in what was his first time throwing against hitters since April 2019. While this is an encouraging step for the right-hander, he remains without a concrete timetable for his return. Seeing as Honeywell has undergone three different operations on his throwing elbow since last appearing in a game back in September 2017, the Rays figure to handle him with care once he's ready to go.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Austin Meadows: Receives day off
Meadows is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
With southpaw Kyle Hart on the bump for the Red Sox, Rays manager Kevin Cash has elected to give the lefty-hitting Meadows his second day off since the outfielder was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Aug. 4. Meadows hasn't missed a beat since returning to action, going 9-for-33 (.273 average) with a home run, three doubles, a triple, six runs, four RBI and a stolen base through his first nine games. Yoshi Tsutsugo will spell Meadows in left field in the series finale.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Stays hot with three-hit tally
Kiermaier went 3-for-4 in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday and is now hitting .333 (8-for-24) across nine August games.
The veteran outfielder has actually enjoyed a bulk of that success over the last two games, during which he's gone 5-for-8 with a double, three RBI and a walk. Kiermaier has been able to boost his season average 85 points to .245 during the current month, although he's managed just three extra-base hits (two doubles, one triple) over his first 17 games.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Another multi-hit effort
Diaz went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Diaz continues to see the ball drop in after experiencing some tough luck in that regard earlier this season. Factoring in Wednesday's production, the 29-year-old is hitting .341 across 11 August games, raising his season average 163 points to .258.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Brandon Lowe: Multiple extra-base hits
Lowe went 3-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run and three runs overall in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.
The hot-hitting Lowe's second-inning shot with Austin Meadows aboard extended the Rays' lead to 4-0 and his hitting streak to four games. Wednesday's multi-hit effort, Lowe's first since Aug. 4, vaulted both his monthly and season average over the .300 mark, and six (three doubles, three homers) of his 10 hits thus far in August have now gone for extra bases.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Anthony Banda: Called up from taxi squad
The Rays recalled Banda from their taxi squad Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Banda will tentatively slot into the bullpen as a replacement for Aaron Slegers, who was optioned to the taxi squad in a corresponding move. However, with both Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) on the injured list, the Rays will have two vacancies in the rotation Friday and Saturday against the Blue Jays, so Banda could be a candidate to fill either opening if he isn't needed in Thursday's series finale with the Red Sox. Banda missed most of the 2019 campaign while completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but he made three appearances for the Rays in September, giving up three earned runs over four innings.... See More ... See Less
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