Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays journal: Tyler Glasnow ready to return to form

ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Tyler Glasnow doesn't know exactly what led to him pitching so badly in his last start, allowing seven runs Wednesday at Toronto without getting out of the first.

But he is pretty sure he knows what to do about it as prepares to take the mound Tuesday against the Indians, against whom he allowed one run over seven innings two starts ago.

"Just forget about it and go out and do what I know I can do,'' Glasnow said. "It's one of those things you kind of have to separate from. You're always going to have bad days — that was particularly very bad.''

Glasnow was having obvious trouble commanding his curve and slider, and acknowledged a "lapse of mentality" but nothing seems too concerning.

"Tyler's done a tremendous job since he's been here (following the July 31 trade from Pittsburgh),'' manager Kevin Cash said. "He's going to have some starts like that; every pitcher does. I'd like to see him bounce back. I'd like to see it happen sooner than later. It will be exciting. He pitched really well against the Indians. I'm sure they are going to challenge him again. It's tough to duplicate that … it's been 10 days in between.''

And Glasnow has some sense of humor about his rough night: "Learn from the negatives for sure — don't give up seven runs in less than an inning.''

Medical matters: Duffy, Kiermaier

Two regulars were out of the lineup Monday, 3B Matt Duffy with a sore back and CF Kevin Kiermaier sick. Duffy's status sounded more concerning, a lower back strain that had been bothering him and got worse on Sunday. "We're kind of getting some more information on it,'' Cash said before the game. "I think he tweaked it. It's probably been grabbing him a little bit here lately, nothing that he couldn't manage. I think (Sunday) it probably snuck up on him, aggravated him a little bit more than he'd like.'' Kiermaier played ill on Sunday, Cash said, but was worse on Monday. "Aches, stomach issues, some pain, some head cold, so we'll see what the doctor says. I don't think it's anything too serious at this point right now; I hope I'm right. We had a pretty big scare with Mallex (Smith, who was hospitalized last month due to a viral infection). I'm not comparing the two, but we just kind of lived through that. Hopefully it's just a significant head cold.''

Not-so-minor matters

Triple-A Durham opens play in the International League Governor's Cup best-of-five championship series Tuesday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in a repeat of last year's matchup won by the Bulls. RHP Ryan Weber will start. … Class A Bowling Green opens play Wednesday in the best-of-three Midwest League championship series against Peoria (Cardinals). … Double-A Montgomery lost 11-7 late Sunday in the fifth and deciding game of the Southern League semifinals. …. Rays affiliates overall had a 539-354, .604 record that was best of the 30 organizations.

Bolts swing round sticks

Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller, goalie Louis Domingue, and defensemen Braydon Coburn and Dan Girardi swung by the Trop to take batting practice and ground balls. Miller seemed the most comfortable on the field, though Domingue had the most experience. He played baseball enough, and well enough, growing up in Montreal to consider pursuing a pro career before deciding on hockey. "My dad's best friend was a scout … and was our coach and thought I could do something; who knows?'' he said. "I was pretty good, and left-handed, too. I had a bigger passion for hockey than baseball. As I got older, I kind of gained it back and I follow baseball quite a bit.'' Actually, Domingue said he played baseball first growing up and diving for balls playing with his father may have helped develop his goalie skills. "I was throwing myself in the grass playing shortstop so it kind of ignited my passion for guarding, if you will,'' he said.

Quote of the day

"I don't have a Plan B. I'm working on my maturity. He could do the same.''

— Indians manager Terry Francona, saying he wouldn't continue his prank war with Rays manager Kevin Cash, who asked him "sincerely" to not mess with his truck as threatened. "He sounded so sad, I think he was really worried.''

Miscellany

• OF Tommy Pham extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.

• LHP Blake Snell, seeking his majors-most 19th win, is slated to start Wednesday in the matinee finale vs. Cleveland.

• Newly acquired 3B Josh Donaldson (calf) will be activated and make his Indians debut Tuesday, with Jose Ramirez moved to second and Jason Kipnis to center.

• The Rays will join other teams in holding a moment of silence Tuesday as part of an MLB-wide Sept. 11 remembrance.

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