ST. PETERSBURG — When the Rays turned to Derek Norris and Jesus Sucre to share time at catcher going into the regular season, they did so with Josh Donaldson Women’s Jersey the hope that the duo would serve as a defensive upgrade. But it’s their offensive production of late that has provided some needed pop.
With a solo shot in the fifth inning of Tampa Bay’s 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field, Norris added to a recent hot stretch with the combined 26th RBI between him and Sucre — tied for sixth most in the Majors by catchers.
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“It’s been really good,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Actually, their play is on pace to be a sizable leap forward from the numbers the Rays have seen out of their catchers during the past few seasons. From 2008-16, the team’s revolving door of options ranked last in the big leagues with 512 RBIs altogether.
Since April 26, Norris is batting .304 with four homers and seven RBIs in 18 games Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey. Sucre is batting .283 with 13 RBIs in 16 games. With their recent showing, plus the addition of Wilson Ramos — once he recovers from October right ACL surgery — the Rays seem to Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey on solid footing behind the plate for the foreseeable future.
“They’ve gotten a lot of big hits,” Cash said. “[Sucre] seems like every time he comes up, there’s a guy on base, and he’s finding a way to pick him up. And then [Norris] has had some good at-bats here over the last couple weeks, too.
“It’s nice to have the bottom of the lineup — whether they’re seven, eight, nine, wherever they’re hitting — those guys contributing to take some pressure off some of the guys in the middle.”
Their teammates have taken notice, too. Right-hander Chris Archer said a big bat like Norris’ makes the Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey Rays’ offense “very comparable to the other lineups that we face,” with a chance to lead to more success as a team.
Archer isn’t alone in his assessment. Jake Odorizzi, who will get the start to open Tampa Bay’s four-game set against the Angels on Monday, credits the all-around performance of Norris and Sucre with helping make things more comfortable as a whole.
“They’ve both been swinging the bat tremendously well, and they’ve been playing great defense, too,” Odorizzi said. “It’s nice to [know] whatever catcher we have behind the plate, they’re going to be producing defensively and offensively. It’s nice to have that aspect in our lineup.”
However they Josh Donaldson Jersey assist, the Rays are happy to see it come to fruition. Now, it will be about maintaining it over the course of the season and, hopefully, casting past struggles aside.
“We’ve kind of been missing it for the past couple of years,” Odorizzi said. “And now, seeing what it’s like having it makes a world of difference.”
Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rays on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
ST. PETERSBURG — Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Aaron Judge preserved the lead with a Josh Donaldson Jersey sensational diving catch as the Yankees withstood Chris Archer’s season-high 12 strikeouts, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Gardner’s second-inning blast was his eighth homer in the past 20 games, exceeding his total for all of 2016. Didi Gregorius had four hits, including a run-scoring single off Archer, who permitted six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings while accepting his second straight loss.
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“He’s got dominant stuff. He’s an ace,” Gardner said of Archer. “He obviously had the loss today, and that’s just because of the play that Judge made and the way [the Yankees] pitched. I don’t know how many strikeouts he had — 14, 16, 20, it seemed like — but we got the win, which is all that matters.”
Yankees starter CC Sabathia was charged with two runs (one earned) over five-plus innings. A Gary Sanchez throwing error allowed Corey Dickerson to race home with Tampa Bay’s first run, and Derek Norris homered off the veteran in the fifth, snapping a string of 12 straight retired by Sabathia.
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“It feels good. Obviously, you’re pitching against Archer, so it’s going to be tough,” Sabathia said. “I’m just trying to get the boys back in the dugout as quick as possible to try and get some more runs.”
Playing behind Chad Green, Judge preserved the lead with a full-extension grab in the sixth, stealing an extra-base hit from Evan Longoria and doubling Dickerson off of first base.
“Anything I can do to help out the team,” Judge said. “CC is out there doing well, and they brought in Greenie. Against a good hitter like Longoria, anything I can do on defense to help them out, you have to do it.”
Dellin Betances recorded the final four outs to earn his second save since taking over as the Yanks’ closer in place of the injured Aroldis Chapman.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bringing the heat: Archer offered a preview of his afternoon in the first inning when shortstop Tim Beckham threw away a potential Sanchez double-play ball, giving the Yankees runners at second and third with none out. Archer struck out Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Judge to keep New York off the scoreboard, becoming the first pitcher to strike out 10 Yankees in the first four innings of a game since Randy Johnson on July 1, 1994.
“There was maybe two or three pitches that I didn’t execute exactly how I wanted to, and they capitalized,” Archer said. “That’s what good baseball players do.”
Defense doesn’t rest: Judge turned in the Yankees’ eighth four-star catch of the year in the sixth inning, racing into the right-center-field gap to flag Longoria’s drive off Green. Dickerson was doubled off of first base on the play, which kept Sabathia in line for the victory and had a catch probability of 26 percent, with Judge needing to cover 79 feet in 4.6 seconds.
“I thought it was going to fall,” Longoria said. “It just seemed like the last 10 or 15 feet, he covered a ton of ground, and, I mean, there’s not much you can do other than tip your hat. It was a great play and ended up saving the game for them.” More >
This one goes to 11: With Kevin Kiermaier at third base and two outs in the seventh, the Rays sent up Logan Morrison to pinch-hit for Daniel Robertson. The Yankees countered by bringing in right-hander Tyler Clippard to face the left-handed batter. An 11-pitch battle followed, with Morrison fouling off three straight 3-2 pitches before finally flying out to end the inning.
“Our lefties have been used recently a couple days in a row, so that’s why I did it the way I did it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I told Dellin we’re going to need multiple outs today and it’s a possibility. He did his job, and so did Clippard and Greenie.”
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“I think it’s also good that we’re a little disappointed after a loss. That’s, I guess, how you want to feel. You never want to be satisfied when you lose. Period. It’s good that Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey we’re hungry and want to keep winning.” — Longoria, on the defeat that snapped a four-game win streak
“I just saw it a couple of seconds ago. How would I grade it? Good catch.” — Judge
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• The Nos. 3-5 hitters in New York’s lineup (Holliday, Castro, Judge) went a combined 0-for-12 with Josh Donaldson Women’s Jersey strikeouts. Castro flied out in the sixth.
• With his first-inning walk, Longoria tied Ben Zobrist for the Rays’ franchise record with 542 in his career.
WHAT’S NEXT Yankees: Right-hander Michael Pineda (4-2, 3.42 ERA) gets the start on Monday as the Yankees open a four-Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey game series at home against the Royals. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. Pineda defeated Kansas City in his last start, permitting four runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings. The Yanks are 6-2 in Pineda’s past eight starts.
Rays: Jake Odorizzi will get the nod on Monday when Tampa Bay opens a four-game series at Tropicana Field against the Angels at 7:10 p.m. ET. The right-hander, who enters 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA, has allowed homers in 12 of his past 13 starts — dating to August 2016 — and is coming off a victory over Cleveland that saw him yield a season-high-tying seven hits.
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BOSTON — When Derek Norris signed with the Rays as a free agent on March 26th, there wasn’t much time to get ramped up before the start of the season.Men’s Authentic Customized Pittsburgh Pirates Alternate Black Jersey Sale.
Given less than a week of Spring Training to try and find his way in a new Custom Phillies Jersey organization, the catcher credits the club itself with helping the process along.
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“I only had four days in camp with these guys,” he said. “Ever since I stepped foot in here, they’ve treated me first-class. Anything that I’ve needed, whatever I need Custom Pirates Jersey to prepare, or whatever it is, they’ve gone out of their
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Having played in other organizations, Norris was aware there would be different customs he would have to learn.
With the comfort the team provided early, he was able to focus on his pitchers individually, learning their habits and the terminology they’ve grown accustomed to.
“It definitely took, for me, a couple of starts with some of these guys, to get to Personalized Pittsburgh Pirates Jersey know their tendencies and what they like to do,” Norris said. “Here in the last few weeks, it’s been nothing but on the
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“Having Derek Norris [in Spring Training] for the last week or so was a little tough, but we’ve all been on the same page and I think we’re clicking very well,” starter Matt Andriese said.
Norris, who has caught 29 games this season, now carries a high level of trust with his pitchers, which allows him to present suggestions before, during and Personalized Philadelphia Phillies Jersey after a game, including recently to Chris Archer, with whom Norris has been able to put thoughts into form during a game, to great success.
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“Me and Arch have shared some things that I feel like could make him even better than what he is,” Norris said. “We’ve tried it the last couple of starts and it’s showed. He’s been throwing inside a little bit more. It’s the level of respect that guys have given him with the slider, I think that pitching inside and up in the zone really accents his slider more, and little things like that.”
It’s no coincidence Archer has posted a 1.69 ERA and struck out 27 over 21 1/3 innings in his last three starts.
It’s also no coincidence the Rays’ pitching staff had the fourth-best ERA (3.62) in the American League entering Saturday, or that Tampa Bay starters boasted a Majors-leading 3.22 ERA during that time.
“As far as game-calling and managing the staff, I don’t think you could have asked for a better situation,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s been outstanding. He learned on the fly really quick. Everything that I’ve heard from the pitchers, Click Here they enjoy the thought process that he puts into the game-calling. It seems like he knows what the pitcher’s trying to accomplish, he kind of sprinkles in his own ideas here and there. The guys really seem to enjoy throwing to him.”
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Johan Mieses’ season couldn’t have started much worse. The Dodgers’ No. 26 Custom Cardinals Jersey prospect hit .100 in April and went from April 28 through May 8, a span of nine games and 25 at-bats, without a hit, dropping his average all the way to .068.
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Mieses homered on Thursday, again on Friday and twice on Saturday in Double-A Tulsa’s 9-4 win over Northwest Arkansas. The 21-year-old’s breakout in the Custom Rays Jersey victory saw him go 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and four RBIs in what was his first multi-hit effort of the season.
“The power is as real as it gets when he connects,” Drillers manager Ryan Garko
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• No. 60 overall prospect Luke Weaver (Cardinals’ No. 3) finally gave up a run but still put together a strong start for Triple-A Memphis. Weaver allowed a solo
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BOSTON — Neither the Red Sox nor the Rays are likely to feature Friday night’s game on any sort of defensive custom Saints jersey highlight reel.
Despite committing three errors in the seventh inning and nearly forking over a five-run lead, Tampa Bay pulled out a 5-4 win at Fenway Park that featured numerous defensive miscues from both sides.
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For six innings, the story of Friday’s game was Rays starter Alex Cobb, who had held Boston to one hit through one out in the seventh. But a bizarre Red Sox rally that featured two doubles, an infield single, a walk and an almost comical barrage of sloppy defense earned Boston four runs and knocked Cobb from the game. Boston rallied again in the eighth but was unable to plate a run, then went down in order in the personalized Saints jersey ninth.
Despite a rocky end to his outing, Cobb earned praise from Rays manager Kevin Cash. Cash noted the success of Cobb’s curveball, which he threw 42 times in 107 pitches.
“Alex Cobb was outstanding,” Cash said. “He really threw the ball well. It says a lot about him to be able to go out there, basically he’s like a different pitcher now with the new approach, fastball-curveball. The curveball has become a very, very good weapon for him over the last couple of starts. I’m impressed with the way he’s committed himself to it, and going out there and using it right when the pitches matter the customized new orleans saints jersey most.”
For the second time this season, the Rays knocked around reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, collecting at least one hit in all six innings he pitched. Though two of the five runs Porcello allowed were unearned, he scattered nine hits, including a two-run home run to Evan Longoria in the fifth inning. The righty now has five losses on the season, one more than he had all last year.
“I thought [Porcello] was strong,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He elevated a couple of pitches, especially the fastball to Longoria.”
The teams combined for five errors in the contest.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Longo goes long: With a 3-0 lead in hand and Cobb cruising along, Longoria put the Red Sox at arm’s length with a two-run, fifth-inning blast to put the Rays up, 5-0. With Corey Dickerson on third base, and two outs, the Tampa Bay third baseman took an 0-1 fastball from Porcello over the Green Monster and out of the park. It was the 31st personalized new orleans saints jersey home run of Longoria’s career against the Red Sox, and was hit an estimated 406 feet, with an exit velocity of 103 mph according to Statcast™. The long ball was Longoria’s fifth of the season, and proved vital when the Red Sox mounted a comeback that fell one run short.
“I was searching for my swing a lot the first month of the season,” Longoria said. “Hitting is a lot of feel for me. When I’m not feeling great, I’m always searching for something new or different to try. As of late I’ve felt good.”
Sox blow big opportunity in eighth: After getting four runs back in a wild seventh inning, Boston mounted another rally in the eighth. Xander Bogaerts led off with a hard-hit double down the left-field line, and Andrew Benintendi followed with a walk. When Bogaerts advanced to third on a Chris Young fly ball, the Red Sox had runners on the corners with only one out. But Cash brought in lefty Danny Farquhar to face Mitch Moreland, who struck out on four pitches. Cash went to the bullpen again, calling on closer Alex Colome to induce an inning-ending groundout from Josh Rutledge. The Rays escaped with the lead, and Colome preserved it in the ninth.
Cash said afterward he was “impressed” with how his team bounced back from the sloppy seventh.
“You’d rather avoid those types of innings, but it was nice to see us kind of get it together; regroup a little bit,” Cash said. “We went out there, and the pitchers that we asked to come in there did a really, really nice job.”
“We got to have offense to win ballgames. They showed up tonight. Fortunately, our pitching kind of just did enough to get by. That’s a good formula for us to win: good pitching and timely hitting.” — Cobb
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Red Sox third basemen have committed 13 errors this season, more than any other team at any one position.
“It’s been a tough position for us, make no mistake about it,” Farrell said. “We’ve made far too many errors as a group.”
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With two Men’s Washington Redskins Nike 95 Jonathan Allen Team Color Red Elite Jersey outs in the bottom of the third inning, Mookie Betts hit a grounder to shortstop and hustled down the line to make the play close at first. He was called out on the throw, prompting a challenge from Farrell. After a review of 1 minute, 18 seconds, the call stood and the inning ended.
WHAT’S NEXT Rays: Left-hander Blake Snell gets the nod, having thrown exactly five innings in each of his last five starts. The southpaw has pitched six or more innings only once this season, on April 6th. The Rays’ starter should not be affected by the game’s time change to 1:05 p.m. ET, as his last start at Fenway came with an 11 a.m. first pitch on Patriots’ Day.
Jacob Faria couldn’t escape the fifth inning in his start for Triple-A Durham on Personalized New York Mets Jersey Wednesday night, though it didn’t detract from what was a remarkable performance by the Rays’ No. 9 prospect.
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Faria struck out the side three times en route to his second double-digit strikeout performance in his past three starts, and he’s now accomplished the feat five times since the start of the 2015 season.
Faria stranded a runner on second base in each of the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when former Durham teammate Richie Shaffer connected on a three-run homer with one out to give Columbus the lead and chase Faria from the game.
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• No. 32 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (Yankees’ No. 3) tripled in his first two at-bats before finishing 4-for-5 in Class A Charleston’s win over Hickory. It Custom Brewers Jersey was the third career four-hit game for the 20-year-old outfielder, who also scored a pair of runs and tallied three RBIs.
• Only a bee sting could keep No. 41 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates’ No. 2) from picking up his fourth win for Class A Advanced Bradenton. The 21-year-old carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning before permitting a two-out knock and then loading the bases on a hit-by-pitch and a walk. Keller would depart the game before the next batter, after being stung on his arm. He struck out four and walked two in 4 2/3 scoreless innings, and he’s now posted 18 1/3 straight scoreless frames over his past three starts.
“It definitely surprised me and stung pretty good,” Keller told MiLB.com. “I don’t ever remember being stung before in my life.”
• No. 56 overall prospect Sean Reid-Foley (Blue Jays’ No. 2) tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits, in his best start of the season for Double-A New Hampshire. The 2014 second-rounder recorded a season-high seven strikeouts in the outing, which also marked the first time in seven turns where Reid-Foley did not issue a walk.
• No. 92 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves’ No. 7) made headlines on Tuesday by homering in his first at-bat and going 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Double-A Mississippi. The 19-year-old outfielder, the youngest player in the Southern League, did it all over again on Wednesday, homering in his first at-bat and collecting three hits for a second straight game. Acuna was promoted to Men’s Milwaukee Brewers Authentic Personalized Royal Blue BP Baseball Jersey for Sale Mississippi after he batted .287/.336/.478 with 11 extra-base hits and 14 steals in 28 games for Class A Advanced Florida.
Make it 20 straight games with a hit for Jake Gatewood. The Brewers’ No. 25 prospect extended his streak by going 1-for-3 in both games of Class A Advanced Carolina’s doubleheader sweep of Lynchburg. The 21-year-old finally appears to Personalized Milwaukee Brewers Jersey translating his talent into production this season, as he’s now hitting .328/.420/.546 with 16 extra-base hits — and more walks (19) than he accumulated last season (18) in 126 games — through 33 games.
• Cardinals’ No. 24 prospect Zac Gallen’s impressive first full season continued on Wednesday as he paced Class A Advanced Palm Beach in a shutout of Fort Myers. The 21-year-old righty worked six scoreless innings, scattering five hits and matching his career high with nine strikeouts while throwing 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes. A third-round pick last June out of North Carolina, Gallen has been a standout in the Cardinals’ system this season, posting a 1.80 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and a 45-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35 innings (six starts).
• Marlins’ No. 10 prospect James Nelson stayed red hot by going 3-for-5 with his second home run, a two-run shot, and three runs scored for Class A Greensboro. It was the 19-year-old third baseman’s seventh multi-hit performance in the past 10 games, during which he’s batting .425 with 17 hits.
• Phillies’ No. 9 prospect Dylan Cozens walked it off for Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a booming home run to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning. The homer was Cozens’ sixth and capped a 3-for-5 night at the plate, though the hulking 22-year-old outfielder is hitting just .196 for the season.
• Phillies No. 26 prospect JoJo Romero established a pair of career highs as he MLB struck out eight batters in eight scoreless innings in a stellar outing for Class A Lakewood. The left-hander yielded one hit — a one-out double in the bottom of the second — and induced groundballs for 12 of his 24 outs, ultimately throwing 93 pitches (58 strikes). Romero owns a 1.26 ERA over his last 28 2/3 frames (five starts) after he was tagged for four runs in four innings in his season debut.
• Pirates No. 26 prospect Tyler Eppler tossed seven innings of four-hit ball with a career-best eight strikeouts to lead Triple-A Indianapolis past Charlotte, 1-0. He’s 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in six starts, each of which he’s completed at least five innings.
• Reds’ No. 6 prospect Luis Castillo’s ERA sits at 3.00 after he allowed five hits over seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision for Double-A Pensacola. The hard-throwing 24-year-old righty punched out a career-high 10 batters without issuing a walk, giving him a 36-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 39 innings (seven starts) this season.Women’s Customized Milwaukee Brewers Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays‘ offense produced and Chris Archer dominated on Wednesday night in cruising to a 12-1 win over the Royals at Tropicana Field.
“Nice win,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Nice to get a win, obviously after a couple of tough ones the past two days.”
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The Rays snapped a three-game skid while keeping the Royals from winning a third straight game. Colby Rasmus finished off a 16-hit attack with his sixth career grand slam, which came on an 0-1 pitch from Peter Moylan to cap a five-run eighth.
Logan Morrison added to Tampa Bay Rays lead in the third with a two-run homer off Jason Hammel that pushed the Rays’ lead to 3-0. Rickie Weeks Jr. followed with a solo shot to complete the back-to-back homers act, the third time the Rays have accomplished that this season.
“Offensively, a bunch of guys impacted the game today,” Cash said. “LoMo, Colby Rasmus, Rickie Weeks. It’s good to see Rickie get going. He’s having some good at-bats.”
The Custom Rays Jersey offense got busy again in the fourth. Corey Dickerson tripled home a run and scored on Brad Miller’s sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
Meanwhile, Archer dominated the Kansas City Royals offense, which had scored 14 runs in its previous two games, by posting eight scoreless innings and allowing just five hits while striking out 11 en route to his third win of the season.
Jorge Soler accounted for the Royals’ run with an RBI double — his first hit since being acquired by Kansas City — off Jumbo Diaz in the ninth.
“These games are actually easier to take than losing games 1-0 or 3-2, when you can look at opportunities you had to maybe score a run that may have tied the game or scored a run and you didn’t that could’ve ended up giving you the lead,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “These games happen.”
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED LoMo’s blast: Morrison has been hot, and that continued on Wednesday night when he connected for a two-run blast, giving the slugger a team-leading nine homers for the season while putting the Rays up 3-0. Morrison’s barreled ball traveled 444 feet, tying his longest in the Statcast™ era (Sept. 2, 2016, was the other), and had a 107.4-mph exit velocity with a 27-degree launch angle. He has three home runs in his last five games.
Hammer time: Hammel wasn’t at his best judging from what the Rays’ bats were telling him on Wednesday night, but the veteran right-hander took one for the team. After using seven pitchers in Tuesday night’s 12-inning win over the Rays, the KC Royals needed Hammel to go deep into the game, and he did just that. He might have allowed seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits, but he sucked it up to give his team seven innings.
“We needed innings, first and foremost, and if there is any consolation, that was one thing where I did my job,” Hammel said.
“Archer has been on a nice little run here. Getting deep into the ballgames. Limiting his pitch count. Obviously, his punchouts. Giving us every opportunity to win the game.” — Cash
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Weeks’ home run was the first of his career at Tropicana Field and snapped a 47-at-bat homerless drought.
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WHAT’S NEXT Royals: Left-hander Jason Vargas (4-1, 1.19 ERA) will get the ball for the series finale at Tropicana Field on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. CT. Vargas has been stellar since returning from Tommy John surgery in September, holding opponents to a .209 average.
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ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer did what top-of-the-rotation pitchers are supposed to do: He stopped the Custom Giants Jersey losing.
The Rays snapped a three-game skid with Wednesday night’s 12-1 win over the Royals, who had taken the first two in this four-game set. Somebody needed to step up. And while the offense did its part, the right-hander took care of business, shutting down a Royals offense that had scored 14 runs in its previous two games against the Rays with eight scoreless innings and 11 strikeouts to earn his third win of the season.
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“First and foremost, the fact that we put 12 runs on the board, that’s going to help us get a team win pretty much every night,” Archer said. “That was huge. The defense made some sound plays, they made some tough plays look routine, which helped me out. So it wasn’t all me. We made some plays back there and [catcher Derek Norris] put down some great fingers, and I followed customized New York Giants jersey his lead, and we put up a lot of runs.”
Rays manager Kevin Cash couldn’t say enough positive things about Archer.
“Archer came out and, you know, we really needed a quality outing and he provided that for us,” Cash said. “He was just tremendous. He’s been on a nice little run here. Getting deep into the ballgames. Limiting his pitch count. Obviously his punchouts. Giving us every opportunity to win the game.”
The Rays needed eight pitchers to get through Tuesday night’s extra-innings loss, so they not only needed Archer to pitch well, they needed him to go deep.
“We really needed that from a bullpen standpoint and it’s nice to see him step up and provide that,” Cash said. “We came into the game knowing, we felt we had the right guy on the mound to kind of clean up the bullpen. Get some guys some rest and that’s what took place. Definitely expressed that to Arch. He knew how bad we needed it. But it never hurts to hear it.”
Archer exorcised some personal demons, too, as the Royals had a history of having their way with him, hanging four losses and a 5.63 ERA on the ace in five previous starts.
“He was exceptionally tough, a really, really, really good slider, a good fastball, good changeup,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “That slider, he located personalized Giants jersey it. He can throw it backdoor for a strike when he wanted to or backfoot to our lefties when he wanted to, and it was just sharp.”
Archer was extremely efficient. Of his 101 pitches, 73 were for strikes. Of course that proficiency added suspicion about intent when he hit Salvador Perez in the seventh inning. That prompted Perez to begin jawing at Archer, who jawed back.
Both teams went on high alert momentarily, then Archer got back to business, unfazed by the incident.
“Dino [Norris] and I were on the same page all night,” Archer said. “He threw some things down there that I shook off and he put personalized NY Giants jersey it back down. Ended up going with it and we got a positive outcome, so when you’re on the same page with a catcher like that, you’re capable of special things.”
Archer was asked if this was the best he’s been all season.
ST. PETERSBURG — Nathan Karns’ pitching and a healthy dose of offense led the Personalized Seattle Mariners Jersey Royals to a 7-3 win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.
Karns, who spent two seasons with the Rays, allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while matching a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings en route to
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Kansas City scored three times in the third. Drew Butera led off the inning with Customized Seattle Mariners Jersey his first home run of the season. The Royals followed with four consecutive hits, including Lorenzo Cain’s single that got past Rays Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and rolled to the wall allowing two runs to score to give the Royals a 3-1 lead.
Butera’s RBI single KC@TB: Butera brings in another run with a singleDrew Butera drives in his second run of the game as he clubs a grounder into the
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The Royals pushed the lead to 4-1 in the fifth when Eric Hosmer doubled and scored on a one-out single by Salvador Perez. Butera singled home another off Austin Pruitt in the sixth and they scored twice in the seventh to push the lead to 7-1.
Blake Snell started for the Rays and took his third loss of the season after allowing four runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out two in five innings,
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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Great escapes: Colby Rasmus tripled to lead off the Rays’ second, then Karns fanned in order Tim Beckham, Kiermaier, and Derek Norris to end the inning. If that wasn’t enough, Karns walked Corey Dickerson and Brad Miller to start the third and Evan Longoria followed with a single to load the bases. Karns then struck out Logan Morrison before getting Steven Souza Jr., to hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Rare Kiermaier error: Cain singled to center with a runner on second and none out in the third. Typically, that well could have ended in a play at the plate given the fact that Kiermaier’s arm normally makes plays at the plate interesting. This time the ball got past Kiermaier and rolled to the wall, allowing Cain to round the bases and the Royals to take a 3-1 lead. For Kiermaier, the rare error was his second of the season. The Royals never trailed after the play.
Cain touches ’em all after error KC@TB: Cain runs home on an error after an RBI singleLorenzo Cain drives in Alcides Escobar with a single and the ball rolls under Kevin Kiermaier’s glove, allowing him to come all the way home
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After going 14 consecutive games without a stolen base, the Royals have five thefts in the last two games, including four against the Rays. Eric Hosmer got his first two steals of the season in the series opener.
WHAT’S NEXT Royals: Going with a committee approach on the mound for Game 2 of the four-game series at Tropicana Field, Chris Young (0-0, 4.22 ERA) will be the first to take Custom Mariners Jersey the ball for the Royals at 6:10 p.m. CT. Young is coming off his longest outing of the season after throwing three innings of one-hit relief
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Tim Beckham will never be the player Buster Posey is, which I’m sure haunts Beckham — and the Rays, since the Rays drafted him with the first pick of the 2008 MLB Draft. I’m not down on Beckham for that fact. Do you believe what we’ve seen from Beckham this season is an indication that he’s finally turned the corner? Is he the Rays shortstop of the future?
— John D., Tampa
Beckham has played well, showing a lot of the ability that enticed the Rays to Custom Nationals Jersey grab him with the first pick of the 2008 MLB Draft. One thing that has helped Beckham is consistent at-bats. Most players will tell you how difficult it is to start a couple of times a week and come off the bench the rest of the time. Beckham has shown that if he gets the at-bats, he can produce.
Men’s Washington Nationals Majestic Home White Flex Base Authentic Collection Custom Jersey So, yes, I do think he’s turned the corner. As well as Beckham has played, it’s certainly a good question regarding his status as the everyday shortstop. However, as far as I know, the starting spot will go to Matt Duffy once he’s healthy. That will bring a challenge to the Rays to find at-bats for Beckham, whether that means playing second, first, outfield, and occasionally shortstop.
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Do you think the Rays might send Blake Snell down to Durham to work on Personalized Washington Nationals Jersey his poor fastball command? In 2001, the Toronto Blue Jays optioned pitcher Roy Halladay to their Single-A team in Dunedin, Florida to “rebuild” his delivery. He had pitched at the Major League level from 1998 to 2000. When Roy returned from that stint, he
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— Ron K., Tampa
Ron, you’re not the first guy to broach this subject. Sometimes you wonder whether the Rays are doing Snell any favors by having him work everything out at the Major League level. Having said that, I don’t believe the Rays will send him down any time soon. He made some strides in his last outing against the Marlins — even though he only pitched five innings. Sometimes with young pitchers it’s Customized Washington Nationals Jersey just a matter of getting to where they
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The Rays are big on development. Can you name a player or two that we should be on the lookout for?
— Tim M., Clearwater
According to MLB Pipeline, Willy Adames is the top prospect in the organization, and I certainly did not see anything during Spring Training to make me think otherwise of the 21-year-old shortstop. He’s got the “It” factor according to Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics, and I’d have to agree. I’m also a big believer in Jake Bauers. I love the way he hits for power, yet he has a good eye. He’s not off to a great start at Triple-A Durham, but he’s too good of a hitter to not come on before the year is over.
I’ve got to say, I was surprised the Rays decided to sign Colby Rasmus. Looks to me like he’s a broken-down version of his old self. Now that he’s back with the team, do you see him fitting in? What are the positives of having him around?
— Tom M., Sarasota
To me the jury is still out on what the Rays got with Rasmus. During Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays he looked really good, hitting a pivotal home run. Will Click Here more of those be on their way? If he’s healthy as he now seems to be, I don’t know why Rays fans shouldn’t expect him to come through. Remember, he’s playing with a one-year deal, too.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not Authentic Women’s Personalized Washington Nationals Home White Baseball Jersey subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.