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Rays' Hunter Wood: Opening Tuesday's game
Wood will be used as the opener for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Wood has filled the role once this season and has made four conventional relief appearances. He hasn't allowed a run in 7.1 innings of work and has a 7:1 K:BB.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Slugs third homer
Kiermaier went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
The Platinum Glove outfielder has been mired in a slump since the start of May, and even Sunday's production only served to push Kiermaier's average for the month to .149. However, he's hit safely in four of the last five games overall, offering some reason for optimism that he might be starting to trend in the right direction once more.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Willy Adames: Goes deep in loss
Adames went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
Adames' 342-foot shot to right was the second of two homers in the second inning for the Rays. The 23-year-old shortstop has been enjoying a successful May after getting his season off to a slow start, with Sunday's production representing his fourth multi-hit effort of the month and pushing his average over that span to an impressive .311.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Brandon Lowe: Cracks three-run job
Lowe went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
Lowe's third-inning 421-foot shot, his 10th of the season, erased an early 3-2 deficit for the Rays. The rookie has homered in back-to-back games, and he's now hit safely in four straight contests. Lowe is putting together a strong encore to a dynamic April, hitting .293 thus far in May after generating a .321 average last month.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jalen Beeks: Likely bulk reliever Tuesday
Beeks is likely to cover the bulk of innings behind opener Ryne Stanek in Tuesday's series-opening game against the Dodgers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The left-hander moved his record to 3-0 with an impressive three-inning scoreless outing last Wednesday against the Marlins. Beeks is notably getting plenty of rest between appearances, as he'd been inactive for seven days prior his appearance against Miami and will be on five days of rest heading into Tuesday's likely appearance. The 25-year-old owns a 2.25 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 32 innings this season while serving in a variety of roles out of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ryne Stanek: Likely opener Tuesday
Stanek is expected to serve as the opener in Tuesday's series-opening game against the Dodgers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Stanek is once again slated to work the first inning at minimum Tuesday, this time as Clayton Kershaw's opposition. The right-hander would be serving as an opener for the 13th time in 19 appearances this season in the wake of firing two innings of one-hit, one-run ball in the same capacity against the Yankees last Friday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Matt Duffy: Breaks out with bat in latest rehab
Duffy (hamstring) served as the designated hitter in High-A Charlotte's win over Clearwater on Sunday and went 3-for-4 with a triple, a solo home run, a walk and four runs overall.
After surprisingly struggling at the plate against High-A arms over the first six games of his rehab assignment, Duffy finally looked like a big-league hitter facing inferior competition Sunday. The veteran infielder is likely to get a few more games at the minor-league level in order to pile up more at-bats and further test his recovering hamstring, with a bump up the organizational ladder to the high minors likely before he's activated.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jake Cronenworth: Converting to two-way player
Cronenworth, who's slashing .367/.460/.511 at Triple-A Durham, is being converted to a two-way player and fired a scoreless first inning as the opener for the Bulls on Saturday, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
If there's anything the premium prospect is incapable of accomplishing on a baseball field, it apparently remains a mystery. With Cronenworth already knocking the cover off the ball at the level closest to the majors, the Rays want to see if the 2015 seventh-round pick's vast physical skills and college pitching experience help him turn into a viable component of their organizational pitching arsenal. Manager Kevin Cash stated Sunday that the 25-year-old has been prepping for his new endeavor by throwing live batting practices and bullpen sessions the past several weeks. Cash added that Cronenworth's fastball consistently registered in the mid-90s mph on the radar gun during his one frame Saturday, lending some credence to the notion he could contribute as a legitimate two-way threat moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Charlie Morton: Inefficient in no-decision
Morton gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out six through four innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday.
Morton was ineffective and inefficient, throwing 88 pitches in only four innings and giving up five runs. Walks continue to be a problem: Over the last month, he has an impressive 10.5 K/9 but also a 3.7 BB/9. Morton will be looking to get back on track in his next start Friday at the Indians.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: X-rays negative
Diaz was diagnosed with a left hand contusion after leaving Sunday's contest early, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Diaz was hit in the hand by Chance Adams in the seventh inning of Sunday's game and was removed. However, after X-rays came back negative, Diaz is considered day-to-day. The team has an off day Monday, so his next chance to return to action will be Tuesday against the Dodgers.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Avisail Garcia: Odd man out Sunday
Garcia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With Austin Meadows serving as the Rays' designated hitter and manager Kevin Cash deploying an outfield of Brandon Lowe, Kevin Kiermaier and Tommy Pham, there's no spot in the lineup available for Garcia. Garcia went hitless in nine at-bats over the first two games of the series in New York, dropping his season average to .278.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Matt Duffy: Plays shortstop during rehab
Duffy (hamstring) started at shortstop in High-A Charlotte's loss to Clearwater on Saturday and went 0-for-2 with a walk.
Duffy is now hitting just .083 in his rehab assignment despite the low level of competition, but of overriding importance is that he's remained free of setbacks. The fact he played shortstop Saturday hints at the possibility he might see time there at the big-league level when he returns if Willy Adames and Daniel Robertson continue to underperform, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jose Alvarado: Bounces back for fifth save
Alvarado retired the side in the bottom of the 11th inning to earn his fifth save Saturday against the Yankees. He allowed one hit and no walks and struck out one in an inning of work.
After blowing his first save chance since April 7 on Friday, Alvarado was given another opportunity and this time was successful, working around a leadoff single from Luke Voit before producing a strikeout and a double play. The Rays still figure to play matchups with their closer, but this will help Alvarado stay a part of the committee. The left-hander has a strong 2.37 ERA and 1.16 WHIP on the season along with a 28:9 K:BB.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Austin Meadows: Smashes game-winning homer
Flowers went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in the 11th inning of the Rays' 2-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
Meadows's home run -- his ninth of the season -- off Luis Cessa provided the Rays with their margin of victory. The 24-year-old has been solid since he returned from a thumb injury May 10, going 8-for-24 with three homers. Meadows is now slashing .347/.423/.694 with four stolen bases.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Brandon Lowe: Blasts ninth homer
Lowe went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 2-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
Leading off the seventh inning, Lowe tied the score at 1-1 with his ninth homer to right field, tying Yandy Diaz for the team lead. Lowe also leads the team with 24 RBI and has a .292/.344/.556 slash line for the season.... See More ... See Less