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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 [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.”

Video: WSH@TB: Bauers tallies 4 hit Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey s against the Nationals

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.”

• Archer on track for rehab start Tuesday

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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Peters, Santana lead Sunday’s to Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey p prospects

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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A pair of Dodgers prospects had big games Sunday, as DJ Peters — Los Angeles’ No. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline — and Cristian Santana (No. 13) shined with multi-hit performances. Peters went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer in Double-A Tulsa’s 9-5 loss to Frisco. Meanwhile, Santana had a 3-for-5 game, with a double and four RBIs in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga’s 10-2 victory over Inland Empire.

Peters is hitting .235/.325/.448 with 15 home runs in 75 games for Tulsa this season, while Santana is slashing .243/.272/.390 with 12 home runs in 77 games for Rancho Cucamonga.

Other notable performances from top prospects Sunday:

White Sox No. 4 prospect Dylan Cease (No. 42 prospect overall) tossed seven strong innings in Double-A Birmingham’s 4-3 loss to Jackson, giving up just one run on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. He lowered his season ERA to 3.13 in 15 starts between Class A Advanced Winston-Salem (13 starts) and Birmingham. Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey 

Video: Top Prospects: Dylan Cease, White Sox, RHP

Red Sox No. 5 prospect Sam Travis provided all the scoring in Triple-A Pawtucket’s 2-0 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, launching a two-run homer as part of a 2-for-4 performance. He’s hitting .225/.286/.337 with five homers in 51 games for Pawtucket this season.

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Taylor Widener, the D-backs’ No. 4 prospect, turned in six strong frames in Double-A Jackson’s 4-3 win over Birmingham, surrendering one run on four hits, walking two and fanning seven. The performance lowered the right-hander’s ERA to 2.71 in 15 starts this season.

Nationals No. 5 prospect Luis Garcia went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Class A Hagerstown’s 11-4 victory over West Virginia. The 18-year-old third baseman is hitting .299/.339/.406 with three home runs and eight steals in 76 games this season.

• JoJo Romero, the Phillies’ No. 6 prospect, tossed six strong innings in Double-A Reading’s 10-3 win over Hartford. The 21-year-old left-hander gave up one run on four hits, walking two and striking out eight to lower his season ERA to 4.27 in 16 starts.

Video: Top Prospects: JoJo Romero, LHP, Phillies

Marlins No. 18 prospect Bra Custom Cardinals Jersey yan Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run (his first of the season), and four RBIs in Class A Short Season Batavia’s 8-4 win over West Virginia. The right fielder had been off to a slow start, hitting .129 (4-for-31) entering the contest.

Rays No. 26 prospect Resly Linares struck out 10 over six stellar innings for Class A Bowling Green in their 5-3 victory over West Michigan. The 20-year-old southpaw gave up two runs on four hits Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform , walking t Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey wo. In seven starts for Bowling Green this season, Linares has a 4.09 ERA.

• A pair of 2018 Draft selections turned in big performances as well on Sunday — Rockies first-round (Competitive Balance Round A) pick Grant Lavigne homered for the third straight game during a 4-for-5 day for Rookie-level Grand Junction. In eight professional games, the first baseman is hitting .424 in 32 at-bats.

“The biggest thing with [Lavigne] is how impressive he is for his age,” Grand Junction hitting coach Zach Osbourne said. “He’s got a great approach up there and he doesn’t really steer away from it at all. To watch that and see his success, it’s really impressive right now.”

Lavigne homers in third straight game

Meanwhile, another first baseman drafted last month — Chris Williams, selected by the Twins in the eighth round — went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in Rookie-level Elizabethton’s 8-7 loss to Princeton. In 11 professional games, he’s hitting .286 (12-for-42) with four homers.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Rays could Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey make moves by Trade Deadline

ST. PETERSBURG — As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Rays find themselves in an interesting position.

While they are playing their best baseball of the season, they entered Sunday’s action 11 games behind in the American League Wild Card. Thus, Tampa Bay would seem to be inclined to trade veteran players who might help contending teams.

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ST. PETERSBURG — As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Rays find themselves in an interesting position.

While they are playing their best baseball of the season, they entered Sunday’s action 11 games behind in the American League Wild Card. Thus, Tampa Bay would seem to be inclined to trade veteran players who might help contending teams.

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Players who fit that bill include Chris Archer, Adeiny Hechavarria, Nathan Eovaldi, Wilson Ramos, Sergio Romo, and Chaz Roe.

Rays manager Kevin Cash was asked about the coming month that will be filled with rumors about Rays players getting traded elsewhere.

“I don’t think it will affect the team, just given what’s taken place from Spring Training to this point,” Cash said. “They’ve already made some big trades and moves, so I  Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey think a lot of the players are understanding of what the situation is.

“Saying that, I would imagine our front office will do what they always do, and that’s look to do what’s best for the organization going forward. With that, difficult decisions always have to come. But they always have an eye on what’s going on right now and also the future.”

Worth noting
Kevin Kiermaier twice hit the artificial surface hard on different plays Saturday. The Rays’ center fielder had the day off on Sunday, but it wasn’t due to injury.

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

“I wanted to give him the day [off],” Cash said. “He wasn’t too keen on it, and I think he came to his senses and maybe thought it was the best. He took two pretty good falls yesterday.

“He goes full-go 100 percent of the time. So a full day [off] won’t hurt him. … He was going to get a day soon, but I think that added to it. He hasn’t had a day off since he came back [off the disabled list on June 19], other than an off-day.”

• Archer (left abdo Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform minal strain) will make his first rehab star Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey t on Tuesday for Class A Advanced Charlotte against Fort Myers (Twins). The plan will call for the right-hander to throw four innings, or 65 pitches.

Jake Faria (left oblique strain) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.

• During their recent treacherous stretch of their schedule, the Rays have gone 5-0 in games started by Cy Young Award-winning pitchers.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.


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The Rays went 5-1 last week to improve their season record to 42-41, winning Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  series against the Astros and Nationals. The Rays’ bullpen has been a big factor when the club has had success, particularly since manager Kevin Cash began implementing the “opener,” an unorthodox practice in which a reliever pitches the first inning in certain games.

Rays relievers combined to pos Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey t a 1.38 ERA over 26 innings, earning MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the period of June 25 to July 1.

The Rays went 5-1 last week to improve their season record to 42-41, winning series against the Astros and Nationals. The Rays’ bullpen has been a big factor when the club has had success, particularly since manager Kevin Cash began implementing the “opener,” an unorthodox practice in which a reliever pitches the first inning in certain games.

Rays relievers combined to post a 1.38 ERA over 26 innings, earning MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the period of June 25 to July 1.

As part of The Hartford Prevailing Moments program, each Monday throughout the 2018 season, MLB.com is honoring the MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford. An industry-wide panel of MLB experts, including legendary stats guru Bill James, constructed a metric based on James’ widely renowned game-score formula, to provide a weekly measurement of team-bullpen performance.

Here’s how the Bullpen Rating System is compiled for each week. For reference, a weekly score of 100 is considered outstanding:

• Add 1.5 points for each out recorded
• Add 1.5 points for each strikeout
• Add 5 points for a save
• Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed
• Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed
• Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed
• Subtract 1 point for each walk
• Subtract 5 points for a blown save

The Rays’ bullpen led MLB with a score of 105.5. The Mariners were second with a score of 89, followed by the Phillies at 86.

Right-hander Chaz Roe tossed 2 1/3 hitless innings during the week, and rookie ri Customized Falcons Jersey ght-hander Diego Castillo continued to impress with 4 2/3 strong frames, in which he was charged with one run on one hit, walking one and striking out four. His ERA on the season is Custom Cardinals Jersey  1.80 in 11 appearances.

In the two games during the week that the Rays used an opener, Ryan Yarbrough gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings in relief of Ryne Stanek against the Astros last Thursday, and Vidal Nuno gave up one earned run over 4 2/3 innings following one inning by Stanek against Houston last Saturday.

The unexpected: Rays starter Wilmer Font cruised through five scoreless innings while facing Houston last Friday, but he came out of the game in the sixth due to a right lat strain after he walked Jake Marisnick and fell behind against Alex Bregman to open the inning. With the Rays leading, 3-0, Cash summoned Castillo out of the bullpen.

How they prevailed: Though Castillo surrendered a two-run homer to Bregman, he retired the next six batters he faced in order before giving way to Roe, who tossed a perfect eighth. Sergio Romo came on in the ninth and worked around an Evan Gattis single to close out the 3-2 victory.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.


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Indians’ Mejia leads Prospect Team Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey of the Week

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.

This week has four different players making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

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.

This week has four different players making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

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After combining for a .189/.258/.293 batting line during the season’s first two months, Mejia rebounded in earnest with a torrid month of June, hitting .455 with a 1.193 OPS. What’s more, Mejia is raking at a .526 clip with 20 hits during his nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s improved his season average from .251 to .291.

Among other PTOW returnees, Tyler O’Neill is back for the first time since the season’s opening week after clubbing four home runs in five games in the Pacific Coast League, and Brandon Lowe is making his second straight PTOW appearance after another loud showing with Triple-A Durham.

The Padres are well represented on the latest PTOW with pitchers Logan Allen and Chris Paddack, both Top 100 overall prospects. It’s the second time this season that two pitchers from the same organization garnered PTOW honors after Cardinals hurlers Ryan Helsley and Austin Gomber back in April.

Here’s the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of June 25 through July 1.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

C: Francisco Mejia, Columbus Clippers (Triple–A)
(Indians’ No. 1 prospect/No. 16 overall)
7 G, .593/.645/.926, 8 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 1 IBB, 2 K

Mejia officially put his sluggish start to the season behind him in June by hitting .455/.476/.717 and collecting hits in 22 of 24 games, including 18 multi-hit performances. The 22-year-old recorded at least one double in five straight games to pace all Top 30 prospects in two-baggers, and his 16 hits were tied for the most among Top 30 prospects.

1B: Kevin Cron, Reno Aces (Triple-A)
(D-backs’ No. 19 prospect)
6 G, .462/.483/1.115, 9 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K

That Cron led all Top 30 prospects in both home runs and RBIs was a product of two monstrous games. He erupted to hit three home runs and finish with a career-high seven RBIs on Wednesday, and then added a two-homer, six-RBI performance on Saturday. Overall, the 25-year-old has 10 multi-homer games in his career and 13 home runs in 50 games this season, putting him well on his way towards achieving his fourth straight season with at least 25 home runs.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: #Dbacks No. 19 prospect Kevin Cron went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs for the @Aces tonight 👀The 25-year-old third baseman has 3 multi-homer games in June and has hit 13 home runs in 49 games this season. Here’s how @Dbacks prospects are performing: https://t.co/0L3IYdENhk pic.twitter.com/EJpvPxzNlD

2B: Brandon Lowe, Durham Bulls (Triple-A)
(Rays’ No. 14 prospect)
8 G, .484/.590/.935, 9 R, 5 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 7 K

Lowe may be appearing on his second straight PTOW, but it’s his first as a second baseman after garnering honors as an outfielder last week. Another torrid week at the plate saw the 23-year-old produce 29 total bases, tied for the most among Top 30 prospects, while also ranking second in runs scored (tied), hits (15), doubles (tied) and RBIs. He’s slashing .307/.409/.571 with 16 homers and 26 doubles on the season, thanks largely to a .341/.431/.716 line and eight home runs in 22 games with Durham.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Brandon Lowe, power hitter. The 23-year-old hit a solo homer in the sixth and has gone deep eight times in the past 10 games for @DurhamBulls. No. 14 on the #Rays Top 30: https://t.co/9OPTYm3TAq pic.twitter.com/VThcOzuvLF

3B: Elehuris Montero, Peoria Chiefs (Class A)
(Cardinals’ No. 27 prospect)
6 G, .500/.565/.850, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K

Montero, 19, hit safely in all six games for Peoria as he improved his season average from .302 to .316. He homered in two of those contests, giving the Dominican third baseman a career-best nine homers in 71 games after he totaled nine home runs in 170 games across his first three seasons.

SS: Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A)
(Twins’ No. 1 prospect/No. 12 overall)
6 G, .500/.577/.850, 8 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 SB

The 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick went hitless at the outset of the week before collecting hits in five straight games, including back-to-back three-hit performances and three multi-hit games. It helped the 19-year-old shortstop tie a bow on his best month of the season, as Lewis finished June with a .330/.380/.604 batting line with five homers, 10 doubles and 22 RBIs in 23 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Royce Lewis, SS, Twins

OF: Jacob Robson, Erie SeaWolves/Toledo Mud Hens (Double-A/Triple-A)
(Tigers’ No. 26 prospect)
5 G, .471/.591/1.059, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 3 SB, 1 CS

Robson began his week in the Eastern League, where he tallied three hits and three runs in two games before moving up to Triple-A Toledo and blasting two home runs in his first three games in the International League. The 23-year-old outfielder, an eighth-round pick in 2016, is putting together a breakout campaign, hitting .294/.389/.478 with nine home runs, 17 doubles and 13 steals through 70 games.

OF: Tyler O’Neill, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
(Cardinals’ No. 2 prospect/No. 52 overall)
5 G, .278/.381/1.000, 7 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

O’Neill went deep in three straight games to begin the week as he ultimately homered in four of his five contests for Memphis. It was the third time this season that the 23-year-old slugger homered in three consecutive games in the Minors — four including his time in the Majors. He’s hit 19 homers in 49 games this season, good for a share of second place in the Pacific Coast League, and has 21 homers in 65 games between the Minors and Majors.

Video: Top Prospects: Tyler O’Neill, OF, Cardinals

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers’ No. 6 prospect)
5 G, .353/.421/.941, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K, 1 SB

While June marked Ray’s worst month of the season (.223/.324/.404), the 23-year-old did finish it on a high note by hitting a home run in two of his final four games before opening July with another homer, giving him three for the week. After a disappointing first full season, Ray has gotten back on track this year at Biloxi, hitting .251/.345/.469 with a career-high 12 homers as well as 19 steals in 77 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

LHP: Logan Allen, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
(Padres’ No. 9 prospect/No. 100 overall)
1-0, 1.29 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0.71 WHIP

Allen is making his second PTOW appearance in five weeks after the 21-year Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey -old southpaw completed seven innings for the third time in four starts while striking out 10. He owns a stellar 0.36 ERA with 26 strikeouts and a .350 OPS against over 25 innings in those four outings, during which he’s improved his overall ERA from 3.65 to 2.66, the second best mark among qualified pitcher in the Texas League. He also leads the circuit in WHIP (1.10) and strikeouts (95).

Video: Top Prospects: Logan Allen, LHP, Padres

RHP: Chris Paddack, Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced)
(Padres’ No. 8 prospect/No. 98 overall)
1-0, 3.60 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 14 K, 1.20 WHIP

Paddack, 22, kicked off his week with a dominant four-inning outing in which he allowed just one hit while recording nine of his 12 outs via the strikeout. The right-hander didn’t fare as well on Sunday, when he allowed four earned runs in six i Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform nnings, though the performance still netted the right-hander his fourth win in 10 starts for Lake Elsinore. Fully healthy after Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2017 campaign, Paddack as returned to p Customized Falcons Jersey ost a 2.24 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and 83-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 1/3 innings in the hitter-friendly California League.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Another start, another gem from Chris Paddack:4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 KThe #Padres No. 8 prospect has given up 1 ER or less in 7 of 9 starts for @Storm_Baseball. Here’s how all @Padres prospects are performing tonight: https://t.co/QJnjQVOpIh pic.twitter.com/3rwSWHWE35

RP: Ray Black, Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A)
(Giants’ No. 29 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 SV, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.33 WHIP

Finally healthy after myriad injuries limited him in recent years, the flame-throwing Black is finally healthy and on the cusp of the Major Leagues. Now 28, Black logged three scoreless appearances last week in the Pacific Coast League, one of which led to his first career Triple-A save. He’s racked up 33 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings with Sacramento, and 53 in 29 2/3 frames (16.1 K/9) including his time with Double-A Richmond.

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

Rays to sign shortstop Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey Alejandro Pie

A year ago on July 2, the Rays signed shortstop Wander Franco, once considered the top prospect in the 2017-2018 international class, and the club went on to ink more than two doze Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform n prospects during the period.

A year ago on July 2, the Rays Customized Falcons Jersey  signed shortstop Wander Franco, once considered the top prospect in the 2017-2018 international class, and the club went on to ink more than two dozen prospects during the period.

:: 2018 International Signing Period ::

This year, the Rays have once again targeted one of the top prospects on the international market.

According to industry sources, the Rays agreed to a $1.4 million deal with shortstop Alejandro Pie, ranked No. 22 on MLB.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list. Pie is big, athletic and loaded with talent.

 Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey The Rays have not confirmed the deal.

At the plate, Pie displays above-average bat speed and projects to have above-average raw power in the future. He has shown smooth defensive actions and strong arm. He’s a also solid runner — consistently clocked in the 6.6-6.7-second range in the 60-yard run.

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs — like the Rays — that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs received $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team’s initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club’s bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.


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ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell needed a little help from the offense Sunday, and he got it late in the Rays’ 3-2 win over the Astros at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay finished its nine-game homestand against the Yankees, Nationals and Astros with an impressive 8-1 mark to move to 42-41 on the season.

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ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell needed a little help from the offense Sunday, and he got it late in the Rays’ 3-2 win over the Astros at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay finished its nine-game homestand against the Yankees, Nationals and Astros with an impressive 8-1 mark to move to 42-41 on the season.

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Snell made his 18th start, and each one thrown begs the same question: How much better can he get? Sunday he allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings, while striking out 10 to move to 11-4 on the season.

Video: HOU@TB: Snell K’s Stassi, strikes out the side in 2nd

“I liked my changeup,” Snell said. “But then the curveball came into play later on. I liked how I mixed it up. I stayed away a lot because I felt like a lot of them were sitting on fastballs.”

Snell has now allowed just one run or fewer in 11 consecutive home starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that tied the longest such streak in the American League since 1913 — when earned runs were officially kept in both leagues..

Snell’s pitching is “nasty,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. “He’s mid-to-upper 90s with a power breaking ball and pretty good changeup. It looks like his delivery has cleaned up over the last couple of years where he can get down the hill and stay in the strike zone where it’s tough to hit. He’s killing the whole league and he’s a nice, young pitcher.”

After six scoreless innings, Snell surrendered a solo home run to Evan Gattis that put the Astros up 1-0, leaving the southpaw’s fate in the hands of the Rays’ offense.

The bats came through.

Matt Duffy dropped a single just inside the right-field line and pinch-runner Adeiny Hechavarria raced home from second base with the tying run.

Video: HOU@TB: Duffy hits a go-ahead 2-run single in the 7th

“That pitch, I didn’t recognize it,” Duffy said. “Once I saw where it was going, I saw that it was at least going to be in the strike zone. I was trying to fight it off. … Sometimes that happens. Most of the time, it doesn’t end up in a hit.”

Right fielder Josh Reddick paused after retrieving Duffy’s single and Joey Wendle also scored on the play, making a mad dash from first to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.

“My back was to the play,” Wendle said. “My goal there is just to run as hard as I can and make [third base coach Matt Quatraro] stop me. It looked like he was kin Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey d of reading the play as it went, and he kind of gave me a subtle wave, like, ‘Hey, go home.’ So I just took off running.”

Reddick said he “kind of blanked” when he fielded Duffy’s single.

“I didn’t see how far Wendle was off the base and I kind of froze,” Reddick said. “Unacceptable move. I have to be better than that, and there’s no excuse for screwing that up.”

Mallex Smith connected for his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth, to provide an insurance run Tampa Bay would prove to need when Gattis went deep a Customized Falcons Jersey gain in the ninth.

Video: HOU@TB: Smith clubs a solo homer, does quick workout

“Blake’s pitching [was the difference for the Rays],” Cash said. “Kind of went toe-to-toe with [Astros starter Charlie] Morton. They were both outstanding. It didn’t seem like either one was going to falter. Then Gattis comes up and hits the big home run.

“We found a way to answer back. We’ve done that here a lot lately. But anytime you get starting pitching like we’ve been getting, we’re going to stay in ballgames. It just bought our offense time to piece enough together.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Diego Castillo entered the game to take over from Snell with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded to face a large task wrapped in a small package. Jose Altuve, who is perhaps baseball’s best hitter, stands 5-foot-6, offering the pitcher a strike zone the size of a Whitman Sampler. An epic battle followed that Castillo ultimately won by striking out Altuve on the 10th pitch for the second out.

“Probably not the best situation to put a young pitcher in,” Cash said.  Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey “But he seemed to rise up to it. Altuve gave him a great at-bat. Fouled off a bunch of pitches, and then ultimately Diego got him on a slider. He definitely stays very calm in that moment.”

Castillo did not get lost in the afterglow of the moment, getting the next hitter, Yuli Gurriel, to ground to short. Hechavarria skipped the ball to first, but Jake Bauers made a nice scoop to secure the third out.

Video: HOU@TB: Castillo strands bases loaded in the 8th 

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Clearly, Houston’s Jake Marisnick has seen enough of Tampa Bay center fielders. Saturday, Kevin Kiermaier robbed him of a hit with a 3-star catch according to Statcast™, in the sixth. Smith was in center for the Rays on Sunday, but the result was the same. This time, Marisnick hit a ball to deep center field and Smit Custom Cardinals Jersey h tracked it down, making the grab shortly before climbing the wall. According to Statcast™, Smith’s 4-star catch had a 48 percent catch probability. Smith needed to go 108 feet in 5.5 seconds, and reached a sprint speed of 29.0 feet per second (30+ is elite for MLB players).

Smith channels his inner Bo Jackson

Video: HOU@TB: Smith ranges 108 feet for running grab in CF

UP NEXT
Nathan Eovaldi will start Monday in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest when the Rays begin a three-game series in Miami against the Marlins at Marlins Park. Eovaldi held the Nationals hitless for 5 2/3 innings in his last outing to earn his second win of the season. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Marlins.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.


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