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NEW YORK — It was just one pitch, among the 79 Nathan Eovaldi threw Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Just one pitch, a backdoor cutter to Brandon Nimmo that was supposed to hit the outside corner but instead caught far too much of the plate.

It didn’t cost the Rays a game. They were already well ahead, and they went on to beat the Mets, 9-0.

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NEW YORK — It was just one pitch, among the 79 Nathan Eovaldi threw Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Just one pitch, a backdoor cutter to Brandon Nimmo that was supposed to hit the outside corner but instead caught far too much of the plate.

It didn’t cost the Rays a game. They were already well ahead, and they went on to beat the Mets, 9-0.

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It didn’t cost Eovaldi a win or even the satisfaction of making another outstanding start in his comeback from a second Tommy John surgery. The box score shows he threw seven shutout innings, with no walks, nine strikeouts and just one hit, and lowered his ERA to 3.35.

But that one hit came on that backdoor cutter to Nimmo, and it didn’t come until the seventh inning. It came after Eovaldi had retired the first 18 Mets in order, deep enough into the game that his catcher was convinced he would be part of baseball history.

Video: TB@NYM: Eovaldi K’s 9 over 7 shutout, drives in a run

There have only been 23 perfect games in baseball history. For quite a while Sunday, Jesus Sucre was sure he was catching the 24th.

“I thought we had a perfect game for sure,” Sucre said. “His cutter was really good. His fastball was so sharp. They didn’t have a chance.”

For six innings and 70 pitches, that was basically true. The Mets seemed to have no chance. Eovaldi went to a 3-0 count just once, and the only thing even close to a hit was pinch-hitter Kevin Kaczmarski’s looper to left field with two outs in the third inning. Joey Wendle slid to make a nice catch, and Sucre was even more convinced.

Video: TB@NYM: Wendle covers 84 feet to make a diving catch

“After Wendle made that play in left field, I thought, ‘We’ve got something here,'” Sucre said.

By the third inning, Eovaldi said he too was aware he had a chance to do something special.

“I was able to locate my fastball well, and my cutter was really good,” Eovaldi said. “I was feeling good.”

Eovaldi had a big lead from the start, wit Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform h C.J. Cron hitting a three-run home run in the first inning and Rays addi Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ng on more runs. Eventually Jake Bauers and Wendle would match Cron with homers that reached Citi Field’s second deck.

Video: TB@NYM: Bauers jacks solo homer into 2nd deck in 6th

By the seventh inning, Tampa Bay led by seven and the entire focus was on Eovaldi and his attempt to make history. Unlike in his May 30 season debut in Oakland, when he threw six no-hit innings but was pulled because of a pitch limit, he was under no restrictions that would force him out of this one.

Eovaldi just had to keep getting outs, which he did until Nimmo led off the seventh.

The first pitch to Nimmo was a 95.7 mph fastball, and the Mets’ center fielder fouled it off. The second pitch was that cutter, the one that had Sucre cringing even before Nimmo lined it into right field.

“I saw that ball coming in and I said, ‘No way,'” Sucre said.

Eovaldi insists his reaction wasn’t as strong.

“I missed [location] and it got in his swing path,” Eovaldi said. “I was a little frustrated with myself because I missed my location. That was on me.”

Video: TB@NYM: Eovaldi keeps perfect game intact through 6th

But Eovaldi recovered quickly, striking out Wilmer Flores for the second out and getting Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play. He ended up facing the minimum 21 batters through seven innings, but with the Rays holding a big lead and a perfect game no longer in play, manager Kevin Cash chose to go to the bullpen.

“We came out of Spring Training saying any opportunity to limit his workload, we would take it,” Cash said. “He definitely c Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey ould have gone more.”

As it was, Eovaldi became the first pitcher in Rays history to carry a no-hitter through six innings twice in the same season. Three times in eight starts, he has pitched Custom Cardinals Jersey  at least six innings while allowing no more than one hit.

It’s already been an impressive season for a pitcher who missed all of 2017. Sunday’s start only added to that.

But because of one backdoor cutter to Nimmo, Eovaldi wasn’t perfect.

“It’s super hard to accomplish,” Eovaldi said. “Even a no-hitter”

On this day, though, it looked for a long while like he might get it.

SOUND SMART
Eovaldi became the third pitcher in Rays history to come within nine outs of throwing a perfect game. Chris Archer came the closest, retiring the first 19 batters July 29, 2015, against the Tigers before Jose Iglesias‘ infield single. Matt Garza (April 30, 2009 vs. Boston) also retired the first 18 before allowing a Jacoby Ellsbury infield single.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Cron’s home run was measured by Statcast™ at 439 feet, with an exit velocity of 113.5 mph. That’s the hardest-hit Rays home run this season, and the second hardest hit since Statcast™ began in 2015. The only one harder: Steven Souza Jr.‘s against the Brewers on Aug. 6 last year at Tropicana Field.

Video: TB@NYM: Cron’s smashes a 113.5-mph, 439-foot homer

UP NEXT
Archer (3-4, 4.24 ERA) is coming back after just one rehab start, so the Rays only expect him to throw about 70 pitches in Monday’s series opener with the Tigers at Tropicana Field. Left-hander Francisco Liriano starts for Detroit, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.


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NEW Y Custom Cardinals Jersey ORK — C.J. Cron wasn’t supposed to be in the Rays’ lineup Sunday.

Then Kevin Kiermaier‘s back tightened up, and manager Kevin Cash had to make some adjustments. Mallex Smith moved to center field, Jake Bauers moved into the outfield and Cron became the first baseman.

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NEW YORK — C.J. Cron wasn’t supposed to be in the Rays’ lineup Sunday.

Then Kevin Kiermaier‘s back tightened up, and manager Kevin Cash had to make some adjustments. Mallex Smith moved to center field, Jake Bauers moved into the outfield and Cron became the first baseman.

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And in the top of the first inning, Cron made it all look good. He sent a 3-1 fastball from Mets starter Chris Flexen into the second deck in left field, giving the Rays an early 3-0 lead, which sent them on the way to a 9-0 win.

Statcast™ estimated Cron’s home run at 439 feet. Even more impressively, the exit velocity was 113.5 mph, making it Tampa Bay’s hardest-hit home run of the season. Since Statcast™ debuted in 2015, the only harder-hit Rays home run was the one Steven Souza Jr. hit on Aug. 6 of last year against the Brewers at Tropicana Field.

“All of them count the same, whether it’s 113 [mph] or 90,” Cron said. “I was just happy it got over the fence.”

It was Cron’s 17th hom Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform e run of the season, a new career high after he hit 16 each in the past three years. It was his first home run in 34 at-bats since June 19.

And it came on a day when Cron wasn’t even supposed to play.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.


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MIAMI — In case you’re wondering who those guys sitting behind home plate at Rays games are, they’re scouts and representatives from different Major League organizations.

Their purpose is to watch and see if they can find a player they think will help their club get to the postseason.

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MIAMI — In case you’re wondering who those guys sitting behind home plate at Rays games are, they’re scouts and representatives from different Major League organizations.

Their purpose is to watch and see if they can find a player they think will help their club get to the postseason.

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Count Nathan Eovaldi on several teams’ wish list. The right-hander started for the Rays Monday night and pitched in front of scouts or representatives from the Cubs, Phillies, Red Sox and Braves. All are contending teams hoping to fill a void they’ve identified.

The Rays have played well of late, which suggests they should try to keep the band together. Unfortunately, the Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey y are way behind in the American League Wild Card race, and even farther behind in the American League East.

Thus, Tampa Bay’s prudent move in the weeks leading to Major League Baseball’s July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline would be to get what they can from other teams in exchange for valuable pieces, such as Eovaldi, who becomes a free agent after the season.

Eovaldi is in the second year of a two-year deal with the Rays. He missed the first year of the contract while rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery.

In addition to Eovaldi, the Rays’ players of interest to contending teams include Matt Duffy, Chaz Roe, Wilson Ramos, Sergio Romo and Chris Archer.

Roe has experience changing teams. He’s spent time with the Rockies, Mariners, D-backs, Rangers, Marlins, Yankees, Pirates, Orioles, Braves and Rays at some level. The right-hander can give a different look coming out of the bullpen, which is a valued asset for post Customized Falcons Jersey season play.

When asked how he handles trade rumors, Roe said he tunes them out.

“I try to stay focused and try to keep doing what I’m doing,” Roe said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’ve been through that process before, and it does nobody good if you think about it. It can keep your mind wandering. Just try to stay focused, and keep your daily routine.”

While he remains focused, Roe said it’s unfortunate that the Rays aren’t  Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform closer to contention.

“We’re a good group of guys here,” Roe said. “I think we’re pretty close. And to have some guys probably end up leaving here is going to be hard. But it’s part of baseball. And that’s what it is.”

Duffy echoed Roe’s sentiments about letting trade rumors slide.

“I think it’s a distraction if you let it be,” Duffy said. “Basically you have two options. You can let it bother you, or you can come to the field every day [and] be a professional. Try and help the team win every day regardless of where you are or where people might think you’ll be going. You just have to focus on that day.”

Duffy, who has been traded once — when the Giants sent him to the Rays in the Matt Moore deal — allowed that the Rays are in a strange position. They are playing well, but being as far out in the standings as they are would seem to make them sellers. Like Roe, he Custom Cardinals Jersey ‘d like to see the Rays stay together.

“Obviously I do,” Duffy said. “We’ve got a good mix in here. We’re learning a lot of things. We’re improving as a team. We’re not just kind of spinning our wheels. I feel like we’re showing some things the last couple of weeks. We’re growing as a team, and anytime you have that you definitely want to keep it together. But at the same time, we all understand the situation.”

Duffy said the mindset has to remain professional.

“Whatever happens, whether it’s moves or people getting called up, you can’t control that too much. You just have to play your game and be a professional,” Duffy said.

The Rays entered Tuesday night’s action 11 1/2 games out of the AL East race, and 11 1/2 games out of the Wild Card race. Would it be possible for the Rays to play themselves into contention?

“Nothing’s impossible,” Duffy said. “We’re capable of going on hot streaks. We’ve shown that.”

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


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Wilson Ramos na Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey med AL All-Star catcher

NEW YORK — Before the 2018 season began, Wilson Ramos asked his wife where she wanted to spend the All-Star break.

Yely Ramos looked at the schedule and  Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey had a quick answer. The All-Star Game was going to be in Washington, in the ballpark where Ramos had played for 5 1/2 seasons with the Nationals.

NEW YORK — Before the 2018 season began, Wilson Ramos asked his wife where she wanted to spend the All-Star break.

Yely Ramos looked at the schedule and had a quick answer. The All-Star Game was going to be in Washington, in the ballpark where Ramos had played for 5 1/2 seasons with the Nationals.

“You have to make that team,” she told her husband.

“I promised her I would,” Ramos said.

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Ramos did just that on Sunday, winning the fan vote to be named as the American League’s starting catcher. He was the only Ray to be named to the AL team Sunday, although there’s a good chance pitcher Blake Snell could be  Custom Cardinals Jersey added once other pitchers become unavailable to pitch in the July 17  Customized Falcons Jersey game.

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Being named to the team was special for Ramos, who was an All-Star in 2016 with the Nationals. Having the game at Nationals Park was one reason, but it was also validation for the work Ramos did in coming back from ACL surgery on his right knee in September 2016.

“I was waiting for this moment,” he said. “It was a long wait, getting back after knee surgery.”

Video: TB@MIA: Ramos clubs a 2-run homer in the 1st

Ramos earned the starting job with an outstanding first half of the season with the Rays. In 73 games, he has a .289 batting average with 11 doubles, 12 home runs, 47 RBIs and a .802 OPS. He has also won plaudits for the way he and backup Jesus Sucre have handled Tampa Bay’s pitching staff.

“He’s very deserving,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash, who will be on AL manager AJ Hinch’s All-Star coaching staff. “His story is probably as good as any of the All-Stars to make the team.”

Cash was happy to be able to congratulate Ramos, but he was disappointed to have to tell Snell that he isn’t on the initial AL roster. Snell has a 12-4 record and leads the AL with a 2.09 ERA, but he wasn’t voted in by the players.

“Disappointed is probably a good word,” Cash said. “I know we feel he’s deserving. Hopefully Blake gets recognized. He probably should be an All-Star.”

Snell was hurt by the timing of the player vote, which was conducted in mid-June. He was already having a good year, but in four starts since then, he has a 0.63 ERA.

Snell was also hurt by the number of great pitching performances in the AL this season. The players voted for Corey Kluber, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Chris Sale, all of whom have outstanding statistics.

More spots will almost certainly open up this week, once it becomes clear which pitchers will not be available to pitch in the July 17 game. Snell, who is on schedule to make his final start before the break Thursday in Minnesota, would likely be one of the first pitchers added to the team.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.


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MIAMI — Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters on Wednesday that Chris Archer could make his next start in the Major Leagues.

Archer (left abdominal strain) pitched well for Class A Advanced Charlotte in his first rehab start Tuesday night, allowing no runs, no hits, a walk and seven strikeouts in a four-inning stint.

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MIAMI — Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters on Wednesday that Chris Archer could make his next start in the Major Leagues.

Archer (left abdominal strain) pitched well for Class A Advanced Charlotte in his first rehab start Tuesday night, allowing no runs, no hits, a walk and seven strikeouts in a four-inning stint.

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“Talked to Arch this morning, he had a really, really good outing obviously by his stat line,” Cash said. “He felt good, which is a really good sign for us.”

Even though Archer is not fully stretched out, Cash said that the Rays are giving heavy consideration to letting the right-hander finish getting stretched out while pitching in the Majors.

“Let’s say it’s 65-70 pitches that he can provide, if we go that route, it’s 65-70 pretty good pitches in theory,” C Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ash said. ” … If he pitches for us, it will be Monday.”

Missed signs
Mallex Smith got lifted from Tuesday night’s game when he missed a sign. Cash and Smith both said it wasn’t the first time that had happened.

Smith singled in the fourth to put runners at first and third. He then missed the “do not steal” sign and took off for second. Kev Custom Cardinals Jersey in Kiermaier then hit into an inning-ending double play that likely would not have happened had the shortstop not been covering the bag for the steal, as the ball went directly to him. Cash removed Smith from the game at that point.

Video: TB@MIA: Riddle makes a smooth double play turn

“He’s the manager, his call,” Smith said. ” … I wasn’t expecting it.”

Going forward, Cash said Smith will not have to sit.

“I don’t see how we’re going to not play him,” Cash said.

After talking to reporters prior to the game, Cash headed down the right-field line at Marlins Park to talk to Smith.

Worth noting
• The Rays head to New York to play the Mets over the weekend, which will give Cash a chance to reunite with Mets manager Mickey Callaway. Both were on Terry Francona’s Indians staff.

“I can’t wait to see Mickey,” Cash said. “I really value the times that we played the Indians [after Cash left the Indians] and the b Customized Falcons Jersey ack and forth. Hopefully, it will be the same with Mickey. A lot of inside jokes, smiles and smirks. I’ll enjoy seeing him.”

Andrew Kittredge was recalled from Triple-A Durham, and Ryan Weber was selected from Durham prior to Wednesday’s afternoon contest against the Marlins. Weber told reporters that he got the news around 2:30 a.m. in an unusual manner. His phone was on vibrate, so teammate Forrest Snow had to knock on his apartment door. Weber said he slept another 45 minutes, then hot-footed it to the airport to catch a 7:15 a.m. fight from Durham to Miami, on which Kittredge was also booked.

Kittredge  Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey flew first class, while Weber did not. Said Kittredge: “I answered my phone first.”

Weber was optioned back to Durham after tossing five innings in the Rays’ 3-0 loss to the Marlins.

Video: TB@MIA: Weber retires Bour to end the 7th inning

• The Rays transferred Wilmer Font to the 60-day DL to make room for Weber on the 40-man roster. The club also placed left-hander Vidal Nuno on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, and optioned right-hander Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham.

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


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Mallex Smith,
Ryan Weber

Rays win 16-inni Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey ng marathon over Marlins

MIAMI — Plenty of warts covered Tampa Bay’s 9-6 win over Miami in 16 innings Tuesday night. Then again, an ugly win is still a win.

“We got off to an early start, then we really didn’t play maybe our best, but they found a way and the guys kept grinding through,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Both teams kept grinding a long time. Some odd matchups. Some unique situations presented themselves, but ultimately [we found] a way to win at the end.”

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MIAMI — Plenty of warts covered Tampa Bay’s 9-6 win over Miami in 16 innings Tuesday night. Then again, an ugly win is still a win.

“We got off to an early start, then we really didn’t play maybe our best, but they found a way and the guys kept grinding through,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Both teams kept grinding a long time. Some odd matchups. Some unique situations presented themselves, but ultimately [we found] a way to win at the end.”

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The Rays (43-42) have a chance to claim their fourth consecutive series after winning the longest road game in franchise history, which lasted 5 hours and 31 minutes.

Tampa Bay’s winning rally almost went up in smoke before coming to fruition.

With the score tied at 4, which it had been since the fifth inning, Johnny Field singled off Brett Graves to open the 16th. Graves hit the next batter, Carlos Gomez, before Kevin Kiermaier grounded to shortstop JT Riddle. Riddle tossed to Starlin Castro for the force at second, and the Marlins second baseman then threw to third baseman Miguel Rojas, who tagged out Field to complete the double play.

Kiermaier stole second, and Matt Duffy walked, bringing Jake Bauers to the plate. The rookie first baseman laced a two-run double to right to break the stalemate.

Video: TB@MIA: Bauers hits go-ahead 2-run double in extras

“I was lucky to swing. I mean my last two at-bats, I was mentally exhausted,” said Bauers, who noted that he had to thank pitcher Vidal Nuno giving his all after hitting a single in the top of the 15th and getting thrown out sliding head-first into second while trying to stretch th Custom Cardinals Jersey e hit into a double. “Watching him give it everything, he had kind of kicked me in the [behind] a little bit. You know, kind of made me say, ‘This guy’s out there selling out. Let’s end this game for him.’ That was an incredible effort by him. In all seriousness. Especially on that dive into second base. That was crazy.”

Nuno followed Bauers and singled  Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey to left to drive home another run, injuring himself on the play, and Monday’s starter Nathan Eovaldi pinch-ran. Daniel Robertson followed with a two-run double to make it 9-4.

Cash inserted backup catcher Jesus Sucre in the bottom of the 16th to try to nail down the win. He did so hoping to save Matt Andriese, Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado for Wednesday’s game. The Marlins had other ideas.

Lewis Brinson, Derek Dietrich and Castro greeted him with consecutive singles to start the inning and load the bases. After Bryan Holaday hit a sacrifice fly to center for the first out of the inning, Cash relented and brought in Alvarado to get the final two outs.

J.T. Realmuto hit into a run-scoring fielder’s choice, and pinch-hitting pitcher Dan Straily walked, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Cameron Maybin, who grounded out to second for the final out.

Video: TB@MIA: Realmuto plates Dietrich on overturned call

“Definitely not how you draw it up in a lot of different ways,” Duffy said. “Typically in a 16-inning game, there’s going to be some ugly things, and there was today.

“Then we had Sucre start the 16th,” Duffy giggled. “And they had Straily pinch hit. So, obviously, not an ideal day, but happy to come out with the win.”

The Rays used 22 players, which included everyone on the 25-man roster other than Castillo, Andriese and Blake Snell.

Wilson Ramos‘ two-run homer off Trevor Richard Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey s in the first gave the Rays the lead. Adeiny Hechavarria‘s RBI double and Mallex Smith‘s RBI single in the second pushed the lead to 4-0.

Video: TB@MIA: Ramos clubs a 2-run homer in the 1st

Richards helped h Customized Falcons Jersey is own cause with a two-run single off Ryan Yarbrough in the second to cut the Rays’ lead to 4-2. Austin Pruitt surrendered an RBI single to Brian Anderson and a sacrifice fly to Realmuto in the fifth to tie the score at 4, and that’s where the score remained until after midnight.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Marlins had the chance to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Rojas flied out to center field with one out. Kiermaier called off right fielder Field to make the catch then threw a strike to catcher Ramos to nail Anderson at the plate to keep the score tied at 4.

Video: TB@MIA: Kiermaier throws out Anderson at the dish

HUNTER’S HEROICS
The Rays recalled Hunter Wood from Triple-A Durham on Saturday. He had not pitched since Wednesday in Durham, but the right-hander showed no rust Tuesday night. Entering the game in the sixth, he pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only a walk.

“He was a real bright spot,” Cash said.

HE SAID IT
“It’s a win. It’s a win. Let’s come back in 12 hours, whatever it is, and hopefully try and win a game a little quicker.” — Cash, on Tuesday night’s game

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
When Bauers was called safe on an infield single to lead off the third, the Marlins challenged. After a 27-second review, the call on the field was overturned. In the fourth, Riddle was called safe on a steal of second, prompting the Rays to challenge the call. After a review of one minute, 26 seconds, the call on the field was overturned.

Video: TB@MIA: Ramos nabs Riddle stealing on overturned call

UP NEXT
Matt Andriese will start Wednesday when the Rays play the Marlins in a 1:10 p.m. ET contest at Marlins Park. He has allowed runs in four of his six appearances since the start of June, pitching to a 5.52 ERA. Right-hander Jose Urena will start for the Marlins.

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


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Chris Arche Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey r to start rehab assignment Tuesday

ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) felt good on Friday following his three-inning, 46-pitch sim game on Thursday.

“He’ll throw a bullpen [Saturday],” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Then he’ll throw in Port Charlotte, four [innings] and [or] 65 [pitc Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey hes], something like that.”

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ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) felt good on Friday following his three-inning, 46-pitch sim game on Thursday.

“He’ll throw a bullpen [Saturday],” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Then he’ll throw in Port Charlotte, four [innings] and [or] 65 [pitches], something like that.”

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That translates to Archer throwing for Class A Advanced Charlotte on Tuesday.

“It’s good,” Cash said. “He’s on his way back now. Hopefully no setbacks. He felt really, really good. Probably the most encouraged I’ve heard him talk in a couple of weeks about how his body felt. And obviously, the arm feels pretty fresh right now.”

Should Kiermaier bunt more?
Kevin Kiermaier has struggled offensively since returning from the disabled list on June 19. That fact, plus the fact Kiermaier executed a perfect bunt single Thursday night, prompted reporters to ask Cash whether the Rays wanted Kiermaier to bunt more.

“He’s very capable of bunting, and we’ve seen him [do that],” Cash said. “But I think K.K., at this point right now, he wants to get his timing at the plate with his swing. I would never ask a guy to sit there and bunt, because K.K. can do so many things powerful with the bat. He can hit the ball in the gap. He can hit the ball out of the ballpark.

“There are times throughout a game or during a stretch where it would be nice to drop it down, but K.K. has to be comfortable doing that. I don’t think it’s our position to look at him and tell him to bunt.”

Handling the Major Leagues
The Rays have a number of rookies excelling at the Major League level, highlighted by Jake Bauers, Willy Adames, and Diego Castillo. Cash allowed that he has been impressed with the overall poise shown by the group while adjusting to the Major Leagues.

“We brought them up, and you can debate this wasn’t the best, ideal time, given who we’re playing on our schedule,” Cash said. “But they’ve handled things really, really well. They’ve helped us win these games, stay in these games. They’ve had some competitive at-bats. They have done some really good things on defense.

“As far as Diego, he got here a little earlier [than Bauers and Adames], the way his mound presence is, he comes off the mound after a six-pitch outing or a 22-pitch outing and nothing seems to faze him. You want to see that from young players, they don’t get over-hyped, or over-anxiety when they’re performing. And I don’t think any of them have.”

Video: TB@HOU: Castillo reties Gattis to end the threat

Cash said he has not been surprised by how loose the group has played.

“I hear what our staff, and player development, and managers that have had them, they’ve all raved about them as teammates, as people, and how they’ve handled the pressure,” Cash said. “We talked about it in Spring Training. There’s something to be said for winning at any level. Those guys have all experienced winning. And they did some spec Custom Cardinals Jersey ial things last year at [Triple-A] Durham, and I think that’s helped them take this next step and handle some of the adversities that you’re going to deal with at the big leagues.

“You have to like what you’ve seen so far. Not just myself, but the staff and their teammates, our fans have recognized the positive energy they’ve brought and it helps that they’re playing well.”

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


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Ryan Weber goes 5 in Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey Rays loss to Marlins

MIAMI — Ryan Weber showed up in Miami knowing his mandate: Give the Rays innings.

Little more than 12 hours after the Rays claimed a 16-inning win over the Marlins, the Rays returned to action at Marlins Park on Wednesday with a depleted pitching staff in need of help. And despite taking the loss in the 3-0 Fourth of July finale, Weber gave the Rays what they needed.

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MIAMI — Ryan Weber showed up in Miami knowing his mandate: Give the Rays innings.

Little more than 12 hours after the Rays claimed a 16-inning win over the Marlins, the Rays returned to action at Marlins Park on Wednesday with a depleted pitching staff in need of help. And despite taking the loss in the 3-0 Fourth of July finale, Weber gave the Rays what they needed.

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“It helped a lot,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash of Weber, who combined with Matt Andriese and Hunter Wood to carry the Rays through the finale. “We’ve got some guys who are going to really appreciate the off-day. After that, going into New York, we should be in a much better spot.”

Video: TB@MIA: Andriese strands the bases loaded in the 1st

The Rays (43-43) lost the three-game series after winning consecutive home series against the Yankees, Nationals and Astros.

Weber was awakened around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday to be told he’d been selected from Triple-A Durham and to report to the Rays. He caught a flight to Miami, pitched five innings, and was then told after the game that he would be optioned back to Durham.

“I knew I was coming up to get the team innings. That’s what I did,” Weber said. “I kept the pitch count low so they could keep r Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey unning me back out there. That’s all I could have asked for out there. Felt good.”

After five scoreless innings to open the game, Starlin Castro got the Marlins started in the sixth when he singled to center off Weber, who was in his fourth inning at that point. JT Riddle followed with a triple to center to drive home Castro. Riddle then scored when J.B. Shuck hit into fielder’s choice and he beat shortstop Willy Adames‘ throw to the plate, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead.

“Great baserunning,” said Weber, who got the ground ball he needed with the infield drawn in. “Good slide. It is what it is. He made a nice play getting in. That’s what I wanted. It’s just unfortunate that he was safe. But it was good baserunning.”

Video: TB@MIA: Riddle evades tag on Shuck’s RBI grounder

Riddle added a solo home run off Wood in the eighth, leaving him a double shy of the cycle on the afternoon.

“It’s not good that we lost, obviously,” Andriese said. “But to cover those innings, throwing two, then Webby covering five there. It does help going into an off-day. Giving some of the other guys two days off in between the next outing. We have another bullpen day on Friday, so we’ll be firing on all cylinders again.”

Marlins starter Jose Urena came off the disabled list to throw five scoreless innings, before Drew Rucinski and Elieser Hernandez covered three innings leading to Brad Ziegler, who pitched the ninth to earn his 10th save of the season.

“Their guy, Urena, pitched well,” Cash said. “Kind of changed his approach a little bit. Started throwing fastballs in to the lefties and away to the righties. That’s generally not been his M.O., he’s more of an armside fastball guy. Maybe it took us a little while to adjust, or we never did adjust. He threw the ball well, kept the ball down, and it seemed like their bullpen stacked up pretty well and they went piece by piece.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Riddle hit the ball deep to center field with a runner on board in the sixth inning. Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier gave chase. Normally, if any ball is hit to center field, it lands in Kiermaier’s glove. This time, the ball found a spot. Riddle’s hit became a triple, driving in the game’s first run, which was all the Marlins needed on Wednesday.

Video: TB@MIA: Riddle opens the scoring with triple in 6th

SOUND SMART
The Rays were shut out for the sixth time this season, and held Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform  to four or fewer hits for the ninth time.

HE SAID IT
“I think I’m going to get fined by Gatorade. … When I’m angry, I’m not thinking real well. If they fine me for this, I have enough money to pay.” — Gomez, on his attack Customized Falcons Jersey  on the water cooler after striking out in the second inning

UP NEXT
Ryne Stanek will start Friday when the Rays play the Mets in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Citi Field. He is the first pitcher since Baseball Reference data is available (1908) to record seven consecutive scoreless starts. His 12 appearance scoreless streak covering 15 2/3 innings ended Monday night in a relief loss. Right-hander Jacob deGrom will start for the Mets.

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


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Wilson Ramos has 4 RBIs in Rays Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey win vs. Astros

ST. PETERSBURG — Wilson Ramos — “The Buffalo” — put forth his own All-Star marketing campaign on Saturday with four RBIs against Justin Verlander to lead a 5-2 Rays win over the Astros at Tropicana Field.

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ST. PETERSBURG — Wilson Ramos — “The Buffalo” — put forth his own All-Star marketing campaign on Saturday with fou Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey r RBIs against Justin Verlander to lead a 5-2 Rays win over the Astros at Tropicana Field.

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The win moved Tampa Bay to .500 on the season at 41-41, and improved the team’s record on the current homestand to 7-1.

Ramos, who was the American League’s leading vote-getter at catcher on the latest Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot voting update, came up twice in the first two innings with the bases loaded. He doubled home two in the first, then followed with a two-run single in the second to put the Rays up 5-0.

“Tonight, I was concentrating on getting a good pitch to hit,” Ramos said. “First two at-bats with the bases loaded, I just wanted to put the ball in play. … Verlander’s a really good pitcher. If you get the chance to take advantage of him, you have to do it. And that’s what we did today.”

Video: HOU@TB: Ramos singles up the middle to drive in 2

Kevin Kiermaier, who got hit by a Verlander pitch to start the Rays’ first-inning rally, said that Ramos has “been doing it all year.

“He’s locked in right now,” Kiermaier said. “His bat is as locked as I’ve ever seen it. He’s dangerous when he steps to the plate and right now more than ever it feels like.”

Verlander surrendered nine hits and five runs, both were his most since his trade to the Astros. Rays manager Kevin Cash allowed that seeing Verlander in Houston on June 19 probably helped on Saturday.

“For whatever reason, he didn’t have the best feel for his breaking ball early on,” Cash said. “We got on some fastballs. Wilson Ramos came up huge. He laid off some breaking balls to get in the 3-1 count and it looked like he was trying to go down and away with a fastball and it leaked back over the plate and Wilson was ready for it, middle in. Really came up with two huge hits. That was the game for us offensively. We had to get on base, but Wilson did a really nice job of bringing them in.”

Video: HOU@TB: Cash on Ramos’ big night at the plate in win

Verlander conceded that he wasn’t sharp, but he added: “Also definitely didn’t have luck on my side, and loaded the bases for their hottest hitter.”

Meanwhile, the Rays’ “bullpen day” once again proved effective. Ryne Stanek pitched a scoreless first. Vidal Nuno then pitched a strong 4 2/3 innings, allowing just a two-run homer to Alex Bregman in the sixth after Adeiny Hechavarria‘s first error of the season. Jose Alvarado followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Chaz Roe added a scoreless eighth, leading to Sergio Romo, who retired the Astros in order in the ninth to preserve the win and earn his seventh save of the season.

Video: HOU@TB: Nuno punches out Gattis in the 4th inning

“It’s pretty remarkable what they’ve strung together here as of late and today was no different,” Cash said.

Video: HOU@TB: Romo collects 7th save in 5-2 win

SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE
Hechavarria’s fielding error in the sixth brought to a close an epic streak. The Rays shortstop had not made an error since July 30, 2017, at New York against the Yankees. His errorless streak lasted 94 games, and he handled 319 chances in between his last error and his error Saturday night. Both are the longest streaks for a shortstop in club history.

“He’s the best I’ve ever seen, close to 100 games errorless,” Cash said. “Today was almost shocking. Like you almost wanted to hit the re-run button, like, ‘Did that really just happen?’ … Special, special player, special defender and he’ll start another one here tomorrow.”

Video: HOU@TB: Hechavarria’s error ends errorless streak

SOUND SMART
Stanek pitched a scoreless first inning, giving him seven consecutive scoreless starts, the longest streak since Baseball Reference data is available (1908).

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Jake Marisnick lined a ball into center to lead off the Astros’ sixth. Rays center fielder Kiermaier pinned back his ears and charged hard toward the drive. He dove toward second base at the last instant and came away with the catch. Statcast™ ranked Kiermaier’s grab as a 3-star catch with a 73 percent catc Custom Cardinals Jersey h probability for Kiermaier, who needed to go 56 feet in 3.9 seconds.

Video: HOU@TB: Kiermaier robs Marisnick on diving grab

HE SAID IT
“That was the most exciting play I’ve made as a left fielder. Off the bat, it looked like it was to the infield, but Rocco [Baldelli, outfield coach] said, ‘Pretend like every ball is to you and every ball is yours until it’s not.’ Just stayed on it and was able to scoop it up at the end.” — Joey Wendle, on his diving catch in left field

Video: HOU@TB: Wendle robs Reddick with a sliding catch

UP NEXT
Blake Snell will start Sunday when the Rays host the Astros in a 1:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field. After allowing two walks in the first inning Monday against the Nationals, Snell retired the next 18 batters he faced. His home ERA is 0.81. Right-hander Charlie Morton will start for the Astros.

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


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Wilmer Fon Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey t goes on DL with right lat strain

ST. PETERSBURG — Wilmer Font had an MRI Saturday morning that confirmed the bad news about his right lat, which he strained in Friday night’s start against the Astros.

Font was placed on the 10-day disabled list and right-hander Hunter Wood was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

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ST. PETERSBURG — Wilmer Font had an MRI Saturday morning that confirmed the bad news about his right lat, which he strained in Friday night’s start against the Astros.

Font was placed on the 10-day disabled list and right-hander Hunter Wood was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

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“He’s going to be out a little while,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’re going to be optimistic — eight weeks, something Custom Cardinals Jersey  like that. But he got his lat pretty good. We’re going to miss him.

“It’s really unfortunate, given the way he’s thrown the ball and how he’s kind of turned around his own personal season. But we’ll do everything we can to get Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey  him healthy. Get him back on the mound and build him up.”

Font earned his sec Customized Falcons Jersey ond win of the season Friday night, moving to 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in nine appearances with the Rays, compared to 0-2 with a 12.71 ERA in 10 appearances with the A’s and Dodgers before Tampa Bay acquired him in a May 25 trade with Oakland. The Rays moved him over to  Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey the third-base side of the rubber, and the adjustment seemingly worked wonders.

Video: HOU@TB: Font gets Gonzalez looking in the 5th inning

Font told reporters it was the first time he’s had such an injury and that he was disappointed with the news. The righty had been built up to be a starter, which helped compile some innings — particularly important, given the Rays’ heavy use of their bullpen. Cash said he did not know just yet what the team would do without Font.

“Right now, I would say that we’ll piece it together,” Cash said. “We’re hopeful that [Chris Archer] will be back sooner than later. With no setbacks, he’s probably got a start or two. And then we’ll go from there. But it’s definitely not fun, it’s not easy to add another bullpen day, or three-inning performance, clump together. We’ll just see how it shakes out. But right now, I don’t think there’s a starting pitcher that we’re getting ready to bring up from Durham.”

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Wood is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 24 appearances for Durham, and is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in one appearance with the Rays this season.

Cash noted that Wood has been “throwing the ball really well” and that, in theory, he’ll be able to give the Rays three innings or 40 pitches.

“Provide a little length,” Cash said. “Our Triple-A staff noted that there’s been some improvement. The pitch mix has been really good. Fastball’s coming out pretty crisp. We have not seen Hunter Wood at his very best at this level. But the Durham staff certainly has at different spurts.

“Last year, when you talked to [Durham manager] Jared Sandberg at the end of the year during that playoff run, I think he might have been the most trusted reliever he had in the bullpen. So hopefully he’s coming here on a pretty good note and we can put him to work and get some big outs.”

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


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