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After setbacks, Snell, Ramos soak in ASG

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Wilson Ramos and Blake Snell weren't on the radar when last year's Midsummer Classic rolled around.

Ramos had just returned to the Rays after missing the first 76 games of the 2016 season, and Snell was in the midst of a dismal start.

Wilson Ramos and Blake Snell weren't on the radar when last year's Midsummer Classic rolled around.

Ramos had just returned to the Rays after missing the first 76 games of the 2016 season, and Snell was in the midst of a dismal start.

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Slowly but surely, both found their way. Tuesday night they will represent the Rays at the All-Star Game at Nationals Park, though Ramos will not be playing due to a left hamstring strain.

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Ramos' return to prominence wasn't exactly a shocker. He'd been on the 2016 All-Star National League All-Star team as a member of the Nationals. The catcher tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Sept. 26, 2016, which prompted his second knee surgery and the subsequent rehab that followed.

The Rays signed Ramos to a two-year, $12.5 million deal on Dec.12, 2016, and he made his debut for the club on June 24 of last year.

"There's no doubt he had his ups and downs last year," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Coming back, I wouldn't say too soon, but not baseball ready. And then this year, he got off to such a rough start. But give him a lot of credit for not sulking, and kind of seeing the process through. He's been a force for us sitting in the middle of our lineup for the bulk of the year.

Video: DET@TB: Ramos crushes a solo jack into seats in right

"The power's impressive, but we're starting to see a really good hitter who is using the whole field and showing power to all parts of the ballpark. I think he was battling his timing last year, battling some pitch recognition because of his time off. He looks really comfortable now. He's laying off some pitches. And the ones he can handle, he's doing damage with them."

Though disappointed that he won't be able to play, Ramos is excited to return to Washington, D.C., his former home.

"Very exciting moment for me," Ramos said. "I have good memories here. The fans love me here. Nothing better than being back and feeling like you're at home. Very exciting moment for me, especially because I want to go out there and hear those fans cheering my name loud."

Snell's emergence has been just short of remarkable. After completing a stellar Minor League career, Snell had difficulty delivering once he got to the Majors. He struggled with consistency throughout the first four months of the season, which led to several demotions to Triple-A Durham. But the lefty finished strong, going 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his final 10 starts. Now, Snell heads to the All-Star break at 12-5 with a 2.27 ERA.

Video: MLB Tonight: Breaking down Blake Snell's outings

Cash allowed that there were questions about Snell, from his mental state to the way he went after hitters. But Cash notes: "And to his credit, he's changed all that."

Despite being one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, Snell didn't make the AL squad until Cleveland's Corey Kluber bowed out with a right knee injury. Initially, Snell's omission caused an outpouring of pro-Snell sentiment, which the left-hander called "awesome."

"It was awesome to see how much everyone cared about me not making it and they went out of their way to show their support, which is awesome," Snell said. "It's all I could have asked for. It's crazy that that just happened. For that to happen means a lot to me."

Count Ramos among Snell's biggest supporters.

"Very happy for him because he deserved to be here," Ramos said. "In the very beginning they say all the names who made the team and I was a little bit angry because that guy has good numbers and a good season and he deserves to be here. Now I'm very happy here next to him because he deserves to be here."

Video: Snell on his appreciation for Ramos behind the plate

Now that he's on the team, Snell is looking forward to "showcasing" his talent, because "that's what everyone's here to do."

"Also, I'm most looking forward to talking to the guys, meeting people [and] seeing what makes them so great," Snell said.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Rays fall in 10th on walk-off grand slam

Wild game sees benches clear twice and club use 9 pitchers
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Any hopes that the Rays had of taking some momentum into the All-Star break vanished in extra innings on Sunday.

Brian Dozier crushed a walk-off grand slam off Tampa Bay reliever Matt Andriese in the bottom of the 10th to give the Twins an 11-7 win over the Rays at Target Field and end the first half of the season in dramatic fashion.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Any hopes that the Rays had of taking some momentum into the All-Star break vanished in extra innings on Sunday.

Brian Dozier crushed a walk-off grand slam off Tampa Bay reliever Matt Andriese in the bottom of the 10th to give the Twins an 11-7 win over the Rays at Target Field and end the first half of the season in dramatic fashion.

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Minnesota staged a seventh-inning rally, lost its lead, and then delivered an eighth-inning rally, with a pair of bench-clearing altercations adding to the drama. Tampa Bay answered back each time to tie the game before Dozier delivered the game-winning blast.

Video: TB@MIN: Kiermaier charges in, lays out for catch

"We continue to find ways to come back, fight and claw, get back in ballgames," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You hate that we gave the lead up, and the way that we did. Some walks and then a costly play. You got to like the way we continue to have some good at-bats and get big hit after big hit. We just came up short. Their hit was a little bigger there at the end."

Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning and was in good shape to salvage a series split, but will now head into the All-Star break having been dealt a 3-1 series loss.

Video: TB@MIN: Hechavarria pokes an RBI single to right

The Rays tied a season high by using nine pitchers in the game. Cash said that if the Rays would have needed to make another pitching change, outfielder Carlos Gomez would have thrown.

Eddie Rosario laced an RBI single to score one run in the seventh inning, and Dozier followed with a two-run single, and then advanced to third on a throwing error to tie the game at 4-4. That forced Cash to go to the bullpen for the fifth time of the afternoon.

Video: TB@MIN: Dozier dances down the line to force a balk

Diego Castillo came on to try to get the Rays out of the inning, but on the third pitch he threw Eduardo Escobar, he was called for a balk, and Dozier scored to give the Twins the lead.

The next pitch Castillo threw Escobar was low and inside, and after he stepped out of the box, Escobar began arguing back and forth with Rays third baseman Daniel Robertson, and benches eventually cleared.

Video: TB@MIN: Benches clear as tensions rise in Minnesota

"When Castillo went down and low on [Escobar's] ankles, he stared at him again," Robertson said. "There was already a lot of chatter going on as far as the balk that happened right before that. Everyone was yelling at each other. He was looking back up at our pitcher again, and I just told him, 'Hey, quit staring at our pitcher. Nobody's trying to hit you; just get back in the box and hit.' That's about it, man. Then he kind of came back at me."

Order was eventually restored, and Castillo struck out Escobar to end the inning. But as he was headed back out to the field, Escobar and Robertson began jawing again, and benches cleared once more.

"I think it got escalated because [the Twins] seemed to be yelling at [Castillo]," Cash said. "We're going to defend our pitcher. They're going to defend their hitter. Saying that, I've got the utmost respect for Paul Molitor, his staff and those players. They played a really good series against us, got big hit after big hit. This series wasn't defined on [the altercations]. It was defined by a lot of good baseball and a lot of offense."

Rays catcher Jesus Sucre believed that the series of kerfuffles started because Twins reliever Ryan Pressly was claiming that the Rays were intentionally trying to hit Escobar.

"[Pressly] was the one that started it," Sucre said. "He was like, 'Hey, he's trying to hit him.' I was like, 'Hey, calm down, man. Shut up.'"

Video: TB@MIN: Sucre smacks a go-ahead 2-run double

Escobar was ejected, and the Rays answered right back in the eighth when Sucre clubbed a two-run double to give Tampa Bay a 6-5 lead in the top of the eight.

But the Twins loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half of the inning, and Cash turned to Sergio Romo to try to escape the jam. Romo struck out Mitch Garver, but then walked Joe Mauer on four pitches to drive home the tying run for the Twins. One batter later, Rosario crushed a fastball up the middle to plate Max Kepler to give the Twins a 7-6 lead.

Minnesota came one out away from finishing off the game without having to bat in the bottom half of the ninth. But Robertson singled to lead off the inning, stole second base and then scored on a Joey Wendle single that knotted the game up once again.

Video: TB@MIN: Wendle singles to center to tie game in 9th

"We've done such a good job of getting leads and our pitchers have held them there, and we've made plays behind them. We didn't necessarily do that as well as we'd like today, but I thought the at-bats and the big hits from a bunch of different people, getting on base and then the RBIs was something you can take into the break," Cash said.

HE SAID IT
"I wanna start off first and foremost by saying Escobar is a good dude, man. We talk all the time at third base. The guy likes Fogo de Chao, I like Fogo de Chao. So I wanna start off by saying that." -- Robertson, on the altercations with Escobar

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Rosario delivered an RBI single in the eighth to plate Kepler and give the Twins a 7-6 lead. Minnesota thought it had gotten an insurance run out of Rosario's hit, too. Jake Cave came running home behind Kepler and was called out on Kevin Kiermaier's throw home in a bang-bang play at the plate. The Twins challenged that Cave slid in safely, but the call was upheld after a brief replay review.

Video: TB@MIN: Rosario singles in 1, Kiermaier nabs Cave

UP NEXT
When the Rays return from the All-Star break, they will begin a three-game home series with the Marlins on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Nathan Eovaldi will got the nod in the series opener for Tampa Bay, hoping to bounce back from his last outing, when the Twins hammered him for eight runs over 2 2/3 innings on July 13. Dan Straily will start for the Marlins.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Benches clear twice in wild 7th inning

Tempers flare following balk that allowed Twins' run to score
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The benches cleared not once, but twice, in the seventh inning of the Twins' 11-7 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Rays on Sunday at Target Field.

With Eduardo Escobar at the plate with two outs in the seventh after Brian Dozier scored the go-ahead run on a balk by rookie reliever Diego Castillo, the Twins' bench took issue to a 101-mph pitch from Castillo that got too close to Escobar. The Rays claimed Twins reliever Ryan Pressly yelled from the bench at Castillo to stop throwing at Escobar, which caused Escobar to step out of the box. Third baseman Daniel Robertson then yelled at Escobar to get back in the box, and it escalated from there. Both benches cleared, including relievers running in from the bullpen, but no punches were thrown.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The benches cleared not once, but twice, in the seventh inning of the Twins' 11-7 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Rays on Sunday at Target Field.

With Eduardo Escobar at the plate with two outs in the seventh after Brian Dozier scored the go-ahead run on a balk by rookie reliever Diego Castillo, the Twins' bench took issue to a 101-mph pitch from Castillo that got too close to Escobar. The Rays claimed Twins reliever Ryan Pressly yelled from the bench at Castillo to stop throwing at Escobar, which caused Escobar to step out of the box. Third baseman Daniel Robertson then yelled at Escobar to get back in the box, and it escalated from there. Both benches cleared, including relievers running in from the bullpen, but no punches were thrown.

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"I wasn't upset with the pitcher," Escobar said through an interpreter. "I never said anything to the pitcher or the dugout. I got upset and frustrated with Robertson, the third baseman. I didn't know why he was yelling at me. The previous pitch before everything happened, it was kind of close to me. I wasn't upset about that either. Robertson just started opening his arm and yelling stuff at me, which I couldn't hear very well. That's why I got frustrated."

Escobar was held back by right-hander Kyle Gibson, but exchanged words with Rays right-hander Chris Archer at the end of the skirmish. Robertson, though, said the issue was defused postgame, explaining he was just trying to protect his pitcher because he thought Escobar had also stared down fellow reliever Ryan Yarbrough after an inside pitch earlier in the game.

"I wanna start off first and foremost by saying Escobar is a good dude, man," Robertson said. "We talk all the time at third base. The guy likes Fogo de Chao, I like Fogo de Chao. So I wanna start off by saying that. Obviously nobody's trying to hit anybody; I get hit all the time. If that was the case, I'd be staring at a lot of pitchers. When Castillo went down and low on his ankles, he stared at him again. There was already a lot of chatter going on as far as the balk that happened right before that. Everyone was yelling at each other."

Nobody was initially ejected, and Escobar struck out on the next pitch from Castillo to end the inning. But as Escobar exited the field, he got into it again, as he felt Robertson was still talking and being disrespectful. The benches cleared again as a result.

"When I struck out, I slammed the bat and the helmet," Escobar said. "Frustration with myself. Walked away. When I was walking toward third base he started signaling and opening his arm again when he was going into his dugout."

Escobar ended up getting ejected for his role, although Twins manager Paul Molitor argued with the umpires after the inning that Escobar shouldn't have been tossed. Ehire Adrianza replaced Escobar at third base.

"They thought Esco was the second instigator the second time everybody went out," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I didn't have a lot of information as far as what to do other than argue there's no way it should be one against none as far as who was getting out of that game. But that's the way it stood."

Video: TB@MIN: Dozier dances down the line to force a balk

The Rays, specifically Archer, were angry with the Twins on Saturday as Eddie Rosario danced off third base with Archer on the mound, trying to induce a balk. Dozier did the same with Castillo on the mound, leading to the balk, which appeared to irk Rays manager Kevin Cash, who did confirm it was the right call.

"It was a balk," Cash said. "Whatever it was, the runner at third kind of took off, flinched and Diego flinched himself. They got the call right. After that, I think there was a misunderstanding in the fact that Diego was throwing at somebody. He wasn't, and then it escalated from there. I think cooler heads prevailed."

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Lowe drives in run in Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

Box score

ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

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METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

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Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt with Brendan Rodgers batting, and allowed Adell to score from third. For that, Medina was credited as the losing pitcher.

Video: WLD@USA: Adell scores go-ahead run on wild pitch

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.

Franco makes Pipeline Team of the Week

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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Bobby Dalbec is showing this season that he's one of the top power-hitting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and after homering four times in six games for Class A Advanced Salem last week, the Red Sox's No. 12 prospect becomes the second player to earn consecutive Prospect Team of the Week honors in 2018.

Dalbec isn't the only second-timer in MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, as he's joined by second baseman Isan Diaz and outfielder Corey Ray, both of whom finished last week with four home runs and 12 RBIs -- the highest totals among Top 30 hitting prospects.

The White Sox, meanwhile, feature a pair of PTOW selections this week in right-handers Jimmy Lambert and Tyler Johnson, while 17-year-old shortstop Wander Franco becomes the youngest player to earn PTOW honors this season after a torrid start to his professional career in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Here's the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of July 9 through July 15.

C: Eric Haase, Columbus Clippers (Triple--A)
(Indians' No. 20 prospect)
4 G, .471/.474/1.118, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K

Haase homered and collected multiple hits in three of four games last week and tallied at least two RBIs in all four contests. The 25-year-old backstop has been on a tear of late, hitting .420 with a 1.436 OPS, seven home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 13 contests.

1B: Tyler Nevin, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced)
(Rockies' No. 8 prospect)
7 G, .417/.500/.625, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Following in the footsteps of Chad Spanberger (Rockies' No. 24 prospect), who made his second PTOW last week, Nevin garners PTOW honors after leading all Top 30 first basemen in average, hits (10), total bases (15) and OPS (1.125). The 21-year-old had three mutlihit performances and recorded a hit in six of seven games for the JetHawks.

2B: Isan Diaz, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A)
(Marlins' No. 7 prospect)
6 G, .455/.520/1.091, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Diaz's power was on full display as he homered in three straight games for Jacksonville to finish the week with four home runs, tied for the most among Top 30 hitters. After a rocky start to the season in which Diaz posted a .196 average and .664 OPS across April and May, the 22-year-old turned the corner in June and now sports a .304/.413/.519 batting line with five homers, 14 doubles and 28 RBIs over his last 39 games.

Watch: Diaz goes yard

3B: Bobby Dalbec, Salem Red Sox (Class A Advanced)
(Red Sox's No. 12 prospect)
6 G, .476/.577/1.048, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 SB

Dalbec recorded his second career two-homer game and went deep a total of four times in six games last week en route to his second straight PTOW selection. The 23-year-old slugger has hit nine homers in his last 15 games and leads the Carolina League with 23 home runs -- five more than the next players on the list. He's also leading the circuit in doubles (25), RBIs (78) and total bases (176), and sports a .265/.377/.583 batting line through 87 games.

Watch: Dalbec bashes homer

SS: Wander Franco, Princeton Rays (Rookie)
(Rays' No. 7 prospect)
7 G, .467/.484/.900, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

The 17-year-old shortstop added to his quickly growing legend last week as he led all Top 30 hitting prospects in both hits (14) and total bases (27). He did much of that damage on Saturday, when he hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance for Princeton. What's more, Franco has hit safely in 20 straight games -- the longest hitting streak so far this season in the Appalachian League -- and 23 of 24 games to open his career. He's slashing .386/.426/.683 overall, with 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs.

OF: Dylan Cozens, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A)
(Phillies' No. 15 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/1.125, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

After beginning the week on the Phillies' bench, Cozens was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Thursday and proceeded to homer four times during the IronPigs' four-game series against Buffalo. The 24-year-old slugger swung the bat particularly well on Sunday, hitting a pair of homers as well as a double in his fourth multi-homer game of the year. The 2016 Minor League home run king has now produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in his last 10 games.

Watch: Cozens crushed 2nd homer of game

OF: Estevan Florial, Gulf Coast League Yankees East/West (Rookie)
(Yankees' No. 1 prospect/No. 37 overall)
5 G, .529/.579/1.000, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB

Florial, 20, recorded at least one hit and one RBI last week while bouncing between the Yankees' two affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. He recorded a pair of doubles and home runs along the way -- an encouraging sign for a player who missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand. Prior to his injury, Florial had compiled a .246/.353/.343 batting line in 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa.

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers' No. 6 prospect)
7 G, .300/.382/.833, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 6 SB

Ray's second PTOW nod in three weeks comes after he paced all Top 30 prospects with six stolen bases and finished tied for first in home runs and RBIs. The 23-year-old began his week with a five-RBI performance to match his career high before recording in his first ever three-homer game two days later and then putting a bow on his week by going 4-for-4 on the basepaths on Sunday. After scuffling in his first full season, Ray has rebounded in 2018 to post an .817 OPS with a Southern League-leading 16 home runs (tied, first) and 27 steals.

Watch: Ray launches 3rd homer of game

LHP: DL Hall, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 4 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.33 WHIP

Hall's lone start last week was the best of his young career, as the 2017 first-rounder (No. 21 overall pick) established personal bests by racking up eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings en route to his first professional win in 20 outings (18 starts). He allowed two hits and threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in the outing, ultimately facing one over the minimum. The 18-year-old southpaw has been one of the top Minor League hurlers in the past month, posting a 0.34 ERA with a .151 opponents' average and 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings spanning his last six starts.

Watch: Hall notches strikeout

RHP: Jimmy Lambert, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 28 prospect)
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 19 K, 0.71 WHIP

Lambert hadn't completed seven innings in a start this season before last week, when he accomplished the feat twice in as many turns for Birmingham. The 23-year-old righty was particularly sharp on Saturday, as he maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before finishing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks. In four starts with Birmingham, Lambert owns a 3.13 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings.

Watch: Lambert fans 10th batter

RP: Tyler Johnson, Winston-Salem Dash (Class A Advanced)
(White Sox No. 24 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.50 WHIP

Johnson tossed four scoreless frames across a pair of relief outings, the second of which saw the 22-year-old right-hander earn the win after he struck out six batters in three innings, both season highs. The 2017 fifth-rounder has been a force in his first full season, going 7-0 with a eight saves, a 1.69 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 61-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings (27 appearances).

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Lefty Milner acquired to bolster bullpen

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MINNEAPOLIS -- To bolster their depleted bullpen, the Rays looked outside their organization to acquire some pitching depth. Tampa Bay announced on Saturday that it had acquired left-hander Hoby Milner from the Phillies for cash considerations.

Milner entered Sunday's game against the Twins in the third and pitched two-thirds of an inning. He walked the leadoff batter before striking out the next two.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- To bolster their depleted bullpen, the Rays looked outside their organization to acquire some pitching depth. Tampa Bay announced on Saturday that it had acquired left-hander Hoby Milner from the Phillies for cash considerations.

Milner entered Sunday's game against the Twins in the third and pitched two-thirds of an inning. He walked the leadoff batter before striking out the next two.

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His addition to the Rays' 25-man roster was in correspondence to the club's move to option Chih-Wei Hu to Triple-A Durham.

"Hopefully [Milner] brings us some coverage today," manager Kevin Cash said. "He's been kind of a left-on-left guy, throws from a low slot. The bullpen is fairly taxed -- we've got a bunch of guys who are able to pitch, we just don't have a ton of length. … He can help us face some of [Minnesota's] lefties, or turn some of their switch-hitters around."

Milner made 10 appearances over two stints with the Phillies at the Major League level this season, with the most recent coming on Tuesday. The 27-year-old was taken by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2012 MLB Draft and owned a 7.71 ERA before being designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Milner's last appearance in a Minor League game came on July 7, when he threw two innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

"We've seen him enough in Spring Training to know a little bit about him," Cash said. "The biggest concern that I have is that he hasn't thrown in a week. Hopefully he's thrown some bullpen [sessions] or played catch."

Duffy scratched from lineup
Matt Duffy was initially in the Rays' lineup, listed at third base and batting second, when it was posted Sunday morning. But he was later scratched and replaced by Daniel Robertson as the Rays continue to monitor his sore right ankle.

Duffy twisted the ankle during an at-bat late during the Rays' 19-6 win over the Twins on Saturday and eventually left the game.

"He came in today probably a little bit more sore," Cash said. "He wants to play, but it's probably in our best interest. I know we have the All-Star break coming up, so I'm not trying to push it. Maybe he gets some treatment throughout the game and he feels better that he can come in later and pinch-hit, or something."

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Rays romp, tie for most runs (19) in club history

Onslaught marked third time franchise had scored that much in a game
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rays tied a franchise record with 19 runs on Saturday as the offense delivered a record-setting performance in the late innings to get their road trip back on track.

Tampa Bay racked up six runs off Twins ace Jose Berrios and punished the Minnesota bullpen in the later innings in a 19-6 win at Target Field to snap a two-game skid. The Rays tallied five runs each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and became the first team in the live-ball era (since 1920) to record five or more runs in the final three frames. They went 11-for-20 with runners in scoring position and seven Rays players had multi-hit games.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rays tied a franchise record with 19 runs on Saturday as the offense delivered a record-setting performance in the late innings to get their road trip back on track.

Tampa Bay racked up six runs off Twins ace Jose Berrios and punished the Minnesota bullpen in the later innings in a 19-6 win at Target Field to snap a two-game skid. The Rays tallied five runs each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and became the first team in the live-ball era (since 1920) to record five or more runs in the final three frames. They went 11-for-20 with runners in scoring position and seven Rays players had multi-hit games.

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All told, it was just the third time in franchise history that the Rays had accumulated 19 runs in a game, and the first time since July 29, 2006.

"It was fun, there's no doubt. The offense really came to life," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "And we did it against a really good pitcher … Offensively, we just kind of took off. I'm not sure what it was that clicked, but everybody just kept piecing it together. Getting big hit after big hit. It was nice."

Video: TB@MIN: Ramos drives in 2 runs with a double to right

Aside from a Max Kepler solo homer in the second inning, Chris Archer kept the Twins' bats in check and the Rays handed him an early lead when Wilson Ramos, Carlos Gomez and Mallex Smith all delivered run-scoring doubles in the fourth inning.

Archer struck out seven batters on the afternoon while walking just one, but the Twins ran his pitch count up early and Cash turned to his bullpen after just 4 1/3 innings.

"My stuff was probably better than it has been all year," Archer said. "[The Twins] are just hot right now. We did our thing offensively, but they still put up six runs. They had some really good at-bats against me early on -- [Eduardo Escobar] had like a 10-pitch at-bat."

Video: TB@MIN: Archer strands runners at the corners with K

Diego Castillo came on to replace Archer and worked his way out of a one-out jam. But the Twins ambushed Rays reliever Adam Kolarek for four runs on five hits and took a 6-4 lead that was highlighted by Escobar's two-out, RBI double.

The Rays quickly answered back in the seventh when Smith and Adeiny Hechavarria, the Rays' Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, each reached base to begin the inning and chased Berrios. Zach Duke came on and immediately yielded back-to-back RBI singles to Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Duffy, and Joey Wendle would add a two-run triple later in the inning before Duke worked his way out of the inning.

Video: TB@MIN: Wendle drives in 2 with a triple to center

"It was good to break out like that," Jake Bauers, who went 2-for-5 with a homer, said. "Obviously we were losing going into the seventh inning. I don't think anybody in here wanted to lose three straight, let alone the series if we did drop the game."

The Rays busted the game wide open in the eighth when C.J. Cron launched a two-run homer to cap off a five-run frame. Cron is now hitting .421 in 38 at-bats in the month of July.

Video: TB@MIN: Cron crushes a 2-run homer to left field

In the ninth, the Twins turned to utility man and fan favorite Willians Astudillo to try to get through the inning without further depleting the bullpen. On the fourth pitch he threw, Gomez crushed a 396-foot homer to the left-field upper deck. Bauers added a two-run homer later in the inning to match the franchise record for runs in a game.

Video: TB@MIN: Gomez lead off the top 9th with a solo homer

ON THE MOVE
Following Saturday's game, they Rays announced that right-hander Chih-Wei Hu has been optioned to Triple-A Durham. Hu threw five innings and allowed two runs against the Twins on Thursday. Tampa Bay will announce a corresponding move on Sunday.

HE SAID IT
"A year or two ago, I was at the same restaurant as Max Kepler. He was a rookie, I know he's from a different country, so I sent a bottle of wine over to his table. Just to be like, 'Congrats.' But then, that's the way he repays me. So I'm a little upset with myself for being such a nice guy, and then he returns the favor that way." -- Archer, on the solo homer Max Kepler hit off of him in the second inning on Saturday

Video: TB@MIN: Kepler opens the scoring with a solo homer

UP NEXT
The Rays will finish out their four-game series with the Twins at 1:10 p.m. ET Sunday at Target Field. Tampa Bay will have another bullpen day, and Ryne Stanek will get the start. Stanek is 1-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings this season. The Twins will counter with rookie starter Fernando Romero (3-3, 4.38 ERA).

Jarrid Denney is an associate reporter for the Twins based in Minnesota.

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Ramos will not play in his 2nd All-Star Game

Catcher removed from 19-6 win vs. Twins with left hamstring tightness
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Wilson Ramos will not be able to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game, he said following Saturday's game vs. the Twins.

The Tampa Bay catcher was removed from the Rays' 19-6 win with tightness in his left hamstring. He said the injury occurred when he was running out a ground ball to third in the sixth inning.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Wilson Ramos will not be able to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game, he said following Saturday's game vs. the Twins.

The Tampa Bay catcher was removed from the Rays' 19-6 win with tightness in his left hamstring. He said the injury occurred when he was running out a ground ball to third in the sixth inning.

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The 30-year-old Ramos is hitting .297 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs and was set to be the starting catcher for the American League at Nationals Park.

Video: TB@MIN: Cash discusses Ramos' hamstring injury

"I was very excited to participate in that game," Ramos said. "Now, I'm very sad. I worked really hard to make that team. But I will be there with my family and get some time there."

While he won't be able to play in the game, he said he would still travel to Washington for the All-Star Game festivities.

Ramos said he isn't sure if he will have to go on the disabled list.

"Hopefully it gets better soon," Ramos said. "I still have half a season left … It's better to miss one game than two months. Just have to be smart, do my rehab well and come back strong."

Rays trade for lefty

The Rays acquired left-hander Hoby Milner from the Phillies on Saturday for cash considerations. Philadelphia had designated Milner for assignment earlier this week.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

Milner, 27, made the Phillies' Opening Day roster, but posted a 7.71 ERA in 10 appearances before being optioned to Triple-A. He had a 2.01 ERA in 37 appearances last season.

Jarrid Denney is an associate reporter for the Twins based in Minnesota.

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17-year-old prospect Franco hits for cycle

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Considering how well Willie Calhoun is swinging the bat, it might not be long until he gets another crack at the Major Leagues.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Considering how well Willie Calhoun is swinging the bat, it might not be long until he gets another crack at the Major Leagues.

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The Rangers' No. 2 prospect (No. 45 overall) homered and finished with three RBIs on Saturday as he extended his hitting streak to 18 games in Triple-A Round Rock's 7-5 loss against Oklahoma City.

After reaching via a walk in his first trip to the plate, Calhoun put Round Rock on the board with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. He added a run-scoring single in the following frame and another knock in the seventh to finish 3-for-4 at the plate in his second straight game with three RBIs.

Calhoun batted just .229 in April but he has shown improvement in each month since, hitting .303 in May, .306 in June and .477 so far in July. The 23-year-old's turnaround has culminated in earnest with his ongoing hit streak, during which Calhoun's produced a .425 average (31-for-73) with eight extra-base hits and 15 RBIs.

Overall, Calhoun is hitting .305/.352/.445 for the season, with eight home runs, 26 doubles and 41 RBIs in 89 games.

Calhoun blasts 2-run homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 10 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) racked up a season-high 11 strikeouts and allowed one earned run over six innings for Triple-A Charlotte. The 22-year-old right-hander threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikeouts in the outing, allowing four hits and walking one. It was the third double-digit strikeout performance this season by Kopech, who leads all International League hurlers with 122 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings (18 starts).

Kopech fans 11th batter

• No. 37 overall prospect Estevan Florial (Yankees' No. 1) went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a double out of the leadoff spot for the Yankees' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. The 20-year-old outfielder has been red hot during his rehab assignment in the GCL, hitting .478 (11-for-23) with two homers and four steals across seven games.

• No. 81 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) recorded his second two-triple game of his career in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem's loss against Buies Creek. The 21-year-old outfielder had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and also reaching once via a walk. He's slashing .305/.348/.468 with 30 extra-base hits and 10 steals through 75 games and sports a .412 average with six multihit performances in his past 10 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Blake Rutherford, OF, White Sox

Braves No. 9 prospect Joey Wentz matched his season high with 6 2/3 innings as he recorded his fifth straight scoreless start for Class A Advanced Florida. He scattered five hits, issued one walk and struck out five, throwing strikes with 67 of his 99 pitches in the performance. The 20-year-old southpaw has not allowed a run in his last 29 innings, during which he's allowed just 17 hits while also compiling 21 strikeouts and three walks. What's more, Wentz has lowered his overall ERA from 3.77 to 1.95.

Marlins No. 7 prospect Isan Diaz homered for a third straight game and went 3-for-5 with four RBIs as he led Double-A Jacksonville past Biloxi, 7-4. Diaz's two-run shot in the first inning was his fourth in his past five games and pushed his season total to 10 home runs. He's hit safely in all five games during that stretch while racking up 10 RBIs and improving his average 14 points, from .229 to .243.

Phillies No. 6 prospect JoJo Romero scattered six hits over seven innings in his first scoreless start of the season for Double-A Reading in an 8-3 win over Bowie. He posted two walks against four strikeouts and generated another nine outs on the ground before departing with 100 pitches (63 strikes). The 21-year-old lefty has not allowed more than two earned runs in six straights while recording a 1.62 ERA over 39 innings in that span. Overall, Romero's ERA now sits at a season-low 3.80.

Video: Top Prospects: JoJo Romero, LHP, Phillies

Rays No. 7 prospect Wander Franco added to his quickly growing legend by hitting for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance in Rookie-level Princeton's 13-1 rout of Pulaski. In accomplishing the feat, Franco also extended his hitting streak to 19 games -- the longest this season in the Appalachian League. Assigned directly to the Appalachian League for his professional debut, Franco quickly has emerged as arguably the circuit's top prospect by hitting .392 and collecting hits in 22 of 23 games to open his career.

Tigers No. 26 prospect Jacob Robson notched his first four-hit game at the Triple-A level as Toledo fell to Indianapolis, 5-4. The Mud Hens' leadoff man accounted for much of his team's offense by hitting two doubles and driving in a pair as part of a 4-for-5 performance. The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting a robust .451/.508/.745 with three homers and six doubles in 13 games with Toledo after he slashed .286/.382/.450 with seven homers in 67 games with Double-A Erie.

Twins No. 26 prospect Jose Miranda drove in five runs and collected a season-high four hits before finishing a triple short of the cycle in Class A Cedar Rapids' 11-3 win over Lake County. Miranda's home run, a fifth-inning grand slam, was his 10th of the season, and the 20-year-old second baseman also has 19 doubles to go along with a .263 average and 59 RBIs through 84 games.

White Sox No. 28 prospect Jimmy Lambert maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before completing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball in Double-A Birmingham's 3-0 win over Tennessee. The 23-year-old righty issued two walks and struck out 10, his highest total in four starts since his promotion from Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Behind a 3.13 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 23 innings in that span, Lambert owns a 3.75 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 93 2/3 frames (17 starts) for the season.

Lambert fans 10

• Reds first-rounder Jonathan India (No. 5 overall pick) picked up his first career triple as part of his second three-hit performance in three games for Rookie-level Greeneville. The 21-year-old third baseman finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs, giving him seven RBIs across his past three contests.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.