Tampa Bay Rays News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
TBO Rays: Rays wait and wait and then bounce back to beat Indians 6-2
A nearly 3-hour delay for heavy rain that never showed up wasn't fun but it turned out well with win No. 30.
CLEVELAND - The Rays got a few extra hours to stew over Friday's frustrating loss when Saturday's scheduled 4:10 start got pushed back to nearly 7 due to the threat of heavy rain that never happened.
And then they went out and did something about it.
A few things actually, in rolling to a 6-2 victory that was their 30th of the season.
Win #30 in the books. #RaysUp https://t.co/cGWPc47LsS
TBO Rays: Rays plan to stick with Jose Alvarado in high-leverage situations
CLEVELAND - Manager Kevin Cash said, as you'd expect, that despite Friday's eighth-inning blowup he would stick with using Jose Alvarado in high-leverage situations.
"No concerns whatsoever,'' Cash said.
But it was interesting to hear his reasons for Alvarado's three-walk, two-run mess, suggesting he needs to return to a simple approach of throwing strikes and not be concerned about making the perfect pitch.
"Trust that you've got the stuff in the zone to get major-league hitters out,'' Cash said. 'And we've just got to get back to doing that.''
Alvarado has converted five of six saves and has a reasonable 3.
Nasty. #RaysUp https://t.co/goOjm3ZNWO
Just ballplayers being kids. #RaysUp https://t.co/UVkSXUlF5O
TBO Rays: Why Rays' Tommy Pham went all Bo Jackson after game-ending strikeout
Pham was frustrated by ump Eric Cooper's calls, and his refusal to discuss so instead he broke his bat over a knee.
Tommy Pham was clearly upset by Eric Cooper's strike three call to end Friday's game, and later showed it. [TONY DEJACK | Associated Press]
CLEVELAND - Rays outfielder Tommy Pham put into words Saturday what seemed obvious by his actions at the end of Friday's game -- that he was frustrated by Eric Cooper's called third strike.
Rain aside, we've got business to handle. #RaysUp https://t.co/vwNvr4SK0F
RT @RaysBaseball: Fresh off a scoreless inning, @EmilioPagan15 walked with us into the ballpark today. #RaysUp https://t.co/JBbPA9HBKl
TBO Rays: Rays Tales: The 10 most impactful/influential people in franchise history
CLEVELAND -- Seeing Andrew Friedman and Jim Hickey back at the Trop last week, chatting recently with Stuart Sternberg, reading John Romano's tale of the transition from Vince Naimoli's ownership that began 15 years ago this month got us thinking:
Who are the 10 most impactful/influential people in Rays franchise history?
The ones who had, and in some cases, still have a direct role in guiding and shaping the franchise, for better or for worse, and on different levels, but definitely for real.
Here, with a little help from some friends, is what we came up with:
Vince Namoli brought baseball to Tampa Bay.
In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given.#RaysUp https://t.co/FMKtpBjzYj
TBO Rays: Rays at Indians lineups for Saturday, trying to bounce back again
For the second straight week, the Rays are looking to rebound from a tough Friday loss. Charlie Morton is starting.
Tampa Bay Rays opening pitcher Charlie Morton (50) delivers during the first inning. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
It's Cleveland and not New York, but for the second straight week the Rays go into play Saturday trying to rebound from a tough Friday night loss, with Jose Alvarado at the center of it.
Last weekend, Alvarado blew a two-run ninth inning lead at Yankee Stadium as the Rays were walked off, though he came back on Saturday and closed the Yankees out in the 11th inning.
TBO Rays: Stu Sternberg and his Wall Street cohorts didn't set out to change baseball, it just worked out that way
ST. PETERSBURG -- You are 20-something years old, working a Wall Street job you never really wanted. You have a friend who just quit his job at Goldman Sachs with dreams of publishing a novel.
Your friend knows a guy with money and wants to set up a meet. So you both take the train out of Manhattan and head 45 minutes south to Mamaroneck Diner and Pizza.
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An hour and a half later, none of your lives will be the same.
DRaysBay: Rays prospects and minor leagues: Benton Moss retires
I missed this Thursday, but Benton Moss announced his retirement on Twitter:
Yesterday I made the tough decision to retire from professional baseball due to a chronic back injury that kept me from competing to the fullest. For 20 years I have dedicated myself to a sport I love, and it has given me joy to compete and play with some of the world's greatest-- Benton Moss (@benton_moss) May 23, 2019
The 2015 sixth-round pick reached Double A and had a career 3.18 ERA in 405 innings, mostly as a starter.
TBO Rays: Jose Alvarado makes a mess again as Rays lose 3-1 to Indians
Alvarado walks three in messy eighth as another strong Blake Snell start goes to waste.
Rays ace Blake Snell eyes his target as he comes to the plate in the first inning against the Indians on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Cleveland. [TONY DEJAK | Associated Press]
CLEVELAND - The Rays want to believe in Jose Alvarado, want to believe that the dazzling stuff he has on the mound will translate to making him a lockdown, high-leverage, late-inning reliever.
TBO Rays: The story of the allergic reaction that sidelined Rays' Daniel Robertson
Pecans in a sweet potato dish caused him to have to leave Thursday's game in the fifth inning.
The Rays' Daniel Robertson, here making a throw from third against the Royals on April 22, 2019, left Thursday's game in Cleveland during the fifth inning.