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Everything clicks as Rays finish sweep

Resurgent offense teams with usual stellar pitching, defense in club's 10th win in 14 games
@adamdberry
May 16, 2021

What happens when you add a suddenly scorching lineup to a stingy pitching staff and a defense as sturdy as any in the game? You get the Rays, who seem to be hitting their stride after completing a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 7-1 win on Sunday afternoon

Notes: Ji-Man starts, stars; Mejía returns

@adamdberry
May 16, 2021

Three hours before the Rays’ 42nd game of the season, Ji-Man Choi admitted he was “kind of nervous.” Sunday was his Opening Day, after all. Sidelined by a right knee injury for most of Spring Training and the first six weeks of Tampa Bay’s season, Choi was reinstated from the

Wander's latest feat: A four-hit afternoon

@MavalloneMiLB
May 16, 2021

For most players, belting a grand slam would constitute a productive and noteworthy performance. Wander Franco is not like most players. One night after connecting for a slam during a 1-for-6 effort, MLB's No. 1 overall prospect notched his first four-hit game of the season during Triple-A Durham's 7-4 loss

Stat of the Day: Homers lead to success

May 16, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Rays this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game. • Rays Stat of the Day, April 2021

Each team's most pleasant surprise ... so far

May 16, 2021

Each new baseball season brings with it plenty of unexpected outcomes and performances. Whether it's a highly touted rookie living up to some lofty expectations or a career journeyman suddenly breaking out with a new club or a team's expected weakness instead proving to be a strength, every team has

'Positive attitude' easy after Rays' rout

Pair of big innings, McClanahan's 1st win stake Tampa Bay to 3rd straight victory
@adamdberry
May 15, 2021

Left-hander Josh Fleming was speaking to head of mental performance Justin Su’a when the Rays were trailing by two on Friday night at Tropicana Field. Even with that deficit in place, Fleming said, Su’a confidently stated, “We’re going to win this game. I just have this feeling.” A few hours

Choi activated; Strickland dealt to Angels

@adamdberry
May 15, 2021

Facing a crunch as their injury-riddled roster begins to get healthier, the Rays made a pair of moves before their 12-5 win over the Mets on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field. First, the Rays traded reliever Hunter Strickland to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash

No. 1 prospect Franco adds slam to hot start

@paul_casellaMLB
May 15, 2021

Wander Franco, baseball's No. 1 overall prospect, continued his strong start to the Minor League season, crushing a grand slam Saturday in the second inning of Triple-A Durham's game against Jacksonville. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Rays prospect teed off on a 2-1 pitch from Jumbo Shrimps

Rays trade IF/OF Tsutsugo to Dodgers

@adamdberry
May 16, 2021

After designating Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment on Tuesday, the Rays dealt him to the Dodgers on Saturday night. Officially, the Rays traded Tsutsugo to the Dodgers for cash considerations or a player to be named. Los Angeles will pay Tsutsugo a prorated portion of the league minimum salary and provide

Rays' Ovalles mashes trifecta, drives in 10

@RobTnova24
May 16, 2021

The Tampa Bay Rays system is so good that even their unranked prospects are putting up absurd performances. Alexander Ovalles -- playing in his first full season of pro ball -- crushed three home runs, notched five hits and drove in a career-best 10 runs to spark Low-A Charleston's 19-6

Franco records 4 hits, web gem Sunday

Keeping tabs on the No. 1 prospect in the game
12:33 AM EDT

May 16: Stars at the plate and in the field Wander Franco continued his recent streak of hot hitting with a four-hit effort Sunday at Triple-A Durham. But hitting wasn't all that the No. 1 prospect in baseball did well. He also turned in this sterling defensive play at third

Liftoff! Phillips, Rays soar to walk-off win

@JordanHorrobin
May 14, 2021

After rapping a two-out, walk-off single to right field in the ninth inning Friday night, Brett Phillips broke out a familiar game-winning celebration: his tilting, two-armed airplane impression that was made famous in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series. This time, there was a slight modification. “I learned my

Notes: McClanahan's Mets tie; Castillo back

@JordanHorrobin
May 14, 2021

Six years ago, Shane McClanahan was just a high school baseball player like many others, with dreams of getting drafted and starting a climb to the big leagues. The New York Mets were the first team to offer McClanahan a chance to realize that goal. Despite being projected by some

Rays' bats awaken as Hill shuts down Yanks

@adamdberry
May 14, 2021

With two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning Thursday night, Randy Arozarena crushed a fastball from Michael King toward the left-field seats at Tropicana Field. He looked toward the Rays’ dugout as he trotted out of the batter’s box, patted his chest twice with his right hand,

TB hitting coach: 'No panic' for offense

@adamdberry
May 13, 2021

With the Rays off to a shaky start offensively this season, hitting coach Chad Mottola admitted he’s found a little comfort in seeing how dominant pitchers have been everywhere throughout baseball. More than anything, though, Mottola said Thursday afternoon he remained confident in the work Tampa Bay’s hitters were doing

These prospects could be future closers

May 13, 2021

Playing Metallica, Dropkick Murphys or AC/DC over the stadium loudspeakers isn’t enough. It takes a certain type of pitcher to close out a tight ballgame. What is required is one or two elite pitches and a mindset that won’t wilt under pressure. The role of the closer has evolved over

No. 21 prospect throws 4 scoreless innings

May 14, 2021

Here's a look at Thursday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

'One of those days': TB's bats can't back staff

5 pitchers combine to hold Yanks to 1 run, but Rays can't solve Cole
@adamdberry
May 13, 2021

Three hours before Gerrit Cole’s first pitch to Randy Arozarena at Tropicana Field, manager Kevin Cash made it clear what the Rays would be up against Wednesday night. “The guy is special. You've got to take advantage of every little thing that's presented when he pitches,” Cash said. “You've got