Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays Win Pivotal Series
The Rays win a much needed series, Red Sox caught cheating, and Chris Archer should pitch this weekend
The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious as they barely held on to defeat the Minnesota Twins and take the series against them. Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning, but a perfectly placed groundball caromed off the second base bag to give the Twins their first hit.
Nonetheless, it was one of Odorizzi’s best outings of the year, and the Rays desperately needed it as Bartolo Colon has found new life with the Twins and pitched brilliantly. Lucas Duda found a chink in Big Sexy’s armor though and blasted a solo homer off him, as well as a run scoring double to account for all of the Rays runs.
Robbie Grossman greeted Alex Colome in the 9th inning by sending a ball into the Rays touch tank, surely PETA will be sending word to the Rays if they haven’t already. Colome allowed two more runners to reach base, but Adeiny Hechavarria managed to make another one of his patented ridiculous plays to end the game, giving the Rays a 2-1 victory.
The Rays are back at .500 and right in the thick of a fantastic Wild Card race that has seven teams within three games of each other. Heading into play this afternoon, the Rays are 2.5 games back of the Los Angeles Angels, who took over the second Wild Card spot from the Twins last night.
- Blake Snell takes the mound today as the Rays go for the series sweep against Minnesota at 1:10. He’ll be opposed by Aaron Slegers
- A New England team got caught cheating once again as the Boston Red Sox admitted to using Apple Watches to steal signs
- Speaking of the Red Sox, they played 19 innings last night with the Toronto Blue Jays
- Bryce Harper did something atrocious to his famous hair
- The Philadelphia Phillies promoted highly touted prospect, J.P. Crawford
- Manny Machado hit another walkoff home run, this time against the New York Yankees
- Evan Longoria has been named the Rays nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award
- Great news for Rays fans as Chris Archer wasn’t revealed to have structural damage, he is expecting to pitch this weekend.
- The Rays are making contingency plans ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall
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