Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Former pitcher, coach Sammy Ellis, 75, dies in Temple Terrace

Former major-league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Reds in 1965, died Friday in Temple Terrace. He was 75.

The Yankees held a moment of silence for Mr. Ellis before playing the White Sox on Sunday. Mr. Ellis was a pitching coach for several teams, including the Yankees, and lived in the Tampa Bay area for years.

Mr. Ellis was 22-10 with two saves for the Reds in 1965, throwing 15 complete games. He was 63-58 with a 4.15 ERA in seven seasons, also pitching for the Angels before finishing up with the White Sox in 1969. The right-hander went on to coach and work with many clubs.

Astros: OF Preston Tucker, a former Plant High and Florida standout, was optioned to Triple-A Fresno, manager A.J. Hinch said. Tucker is hitting .185 in 81 at-bats this season.

Blue Jays: LHP Brett Cecil (muscle strain, left arm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. RHP Dustin Antolin was recalled from Triple A.

Brewers: A sore right wrist kept LF Ryan Braun out for the second straight game but a precautionary X-ray showed nothing of concern, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta (right wrist) was placed on the 15-day DL, and OF Michael Bourn was promoted from Double-A Mobile.

Mariners: RHP Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will go with the team on its upcoming road trip, but there is no set date on when he will be activated from the DL. The former Rays reliever hasn't pitched since April 22.

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy was scratched from the lineup against the Marlins because of illness.

Padres: Starting 1B Wil Myers, a former Ray, was a late scratch with left forearm tightness.

Pirates: LHP Cory Luebke was activated off the 15-day DL after a minor-league rehab stint. RHP A.J. Schugel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Royals: The team used nine pitchers, tying a club record for one game, against the Braves.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco, who has just 33 at-bats over three seasons, hit his first major-league home run in the seventh.

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