Player News - Rays

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Johnny Field went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Field drove a Shohei Ohtani offering over the left-center field wall in the third inning to get the Rays on the board, and he doubled and scored the Rays' other run in the eighth. In 22 games, the 26-year-old has held his own offensively, batting .308/.348/.554 with four homers through Sunday's game. Field has also played all three outfield spots, a flexibility that should help him continue to get into the lineup on a regular basis while he's producing at the plate.
May 20 - 8:24 PM

Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Duffy was a thorn in the side of Shohei Ohtani and company, but he couldn't do any damage with his three hits. It was, however, another strong offensive performance for the 27-year-old, who now has 13 multi-hit performances in 32 total games this year. That's pretty impressive, and Duffy is hitting .328/.365/.438 as a result.
May 20 - 8:15 PM

Sergio Romo started his second consecutive game -- and the Rays' second consecutive game -- Sunday against the Angels, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Tired of hearing old-timers lament the good ol' days, Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to Romo for the start in both Saturday and Sunday's games. Of course, Romo went one inning Saturday before getting four outs Sunday, but it was still technically two starts in two days for the right-hander. The Rays are going against the grain with their pitching staff this year, and the 35-year-old is part of that. In 20 appearances, including the two starts, Romo has a 4.34 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the year.
May 20 - 8:08 PM

Matt Duffy (hamstring) didn't get a hit but walked twice in his return to action Saturday.

Duffy hadn't played since Tuesday because of a tight right hamstring. Hamstring ailments can often be aggravated, so we'll see if it's truly behind him.
May 20 - 8:23 AM

Daniel Robertson connected for his first-career grand slam in Saturday's 5-3 road victory against the Angels.

Robertson, from nearby Upland, Calif., had a huge contingent of fans cheering for him in what has been a very successful homecoming to SoCal. The 24-year-old middle infielder is 5-for-10 with two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored in the first three games of the series. He'll look to stay hot against rookie RHP Shohei Ohtani in the series finale on Sunday.
May 20 - 12:59 AM

Ryan Yarbrough allowed just one earned run, four hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win against the Angels on Saturday.

Rays manager Kevin Cash has been using just three dedicated starters this season, and rolled the dice with reliever Sergio Romo starting and working one perfect inning against the right-handed heavy top of the lineup for the Angels. He did his part, and Yarbrough came on to look very sharp, too, making Cash look like a genius. Yarbrough has pitched well enough to potentially nail down a dedicated spot of his own.
May 20 - 12:56 AM

Alex Colome worked a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout in Saturday's road win against the Angels for his 10th save of the season.

Colome worked a tidy ninth, needing just 11 pitches to polish off the Halos. The 29-year-old Dominican closer had some issues earlier in the season, blowing two of his first three save opportunities. He has since slammed the door shut in converting each of his past nine chances. Colome has also struck out 22 batters over 20 2/3 innings.
May 20 - 12:53 AM

Sergio Romo made his first career start Saturday against the Angels and he struck out the side in his only inning of work, and he'll start again on Sunday.

The Rays were using Romo with the top of the Angels lineup right-handed heavy and the move certainly paid off. Romo threw 10 of his 18 pitches for strikes, recording three of the team's eight strikeouts before handing the ball to Ryan Yarbrough. After Saturday's successful outing as a starter, he will be rolled out again as starter on Sunday. Tampa has used just three dedicated starters this season while using a hodgepodge to fill the fourth and fifth spots.
May 20 - 12:50 AM

Rays recalled RHP Ryne Stanek from Triple-A Durham.

Stanek was just sent down a week ago, but an injury to Adeiny Hechavarria opened a spot on the roster that Stanek was summoned to fill. Stanek owns a 2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and seven strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings with the Rays this year.
May 19 - 9:00 PM

Rays placed SS Adeiny Hechavarria on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 18, with a right hamstring strain.

Hechavarria sustained the injury in Thursday's game but hoped he could avoid a DL stint. Alas, the team made the move Saturday, but it's an indication he may be able to come back when first eligible in late May. Daniel Robertson will likely fill in at short while Hechavarria is out.
May 19 - 8:57 PM

Nathan Eovaldi (elbow, rib) will make one more rehab start Wednesday before likely rejoining the Rays.

There was some thought that his most recent outing Friday would be the last before activation, but the club wants to get him one more tune-up, it seems. Eovaldi hasn't appeared in a major league game since August 2016 due to elbow issues and, more recently, a right rib muscle strain.
May 19 - 6:54 PM

Wilson Ramos hit a pair of homers Friday in the Rays' 8-3 victory over the Angels.

The second homer was the 100th of Ramos's nine-year career. He has six homers and 21 RBI to go along with a .282 average in 131 at-bats this year. He's a valuable fantasy catcher as is, and he might get a little better if traded to a higher-scoring team this summer.
May 19 - 1:52 AM

Blake Snell allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings and fanned eight in a defeat of the Angels on Friday.

Snell has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts, and he's struck out at least eight on four occasions. Expect him to remain a top-25 SP in mixed leagues over the rest of the year.
May 19 - 1:51 AM

Daniel Robertson went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Angels.

Robertson needs to play regularly for the Rays regardless, but it's an easy call to get him in there with Matt Duffy and Adeiny Hechavarria on the shelf. He has a .909 OPS in 102 at-bats, and, even though he was held out of the lineup for six of the team's first 11 games this month, he currently leads the Rays in WAR.
May 19 - 1:47 AM

Adeiny Hechavarria (hamstring) is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

The good news is he hasn't been placed on the disabled list, so the right hamstring strain he suffered Thursday evidently isn't serious. Daniel Robertson is at shortstop Friday.
May 18 - 6:00 PM


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