Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Myers also gets hit off Yankees' Rivera

NEW YORK — Rookie OF Wil Myers has had a milestone weekend already.

Not only did he hit his first major-league home run in dramatic style Saturday, he also got a ninth-inning hit, albeit by beating out a ground ball, off legendary closer Mariano Rivera.

Myers broke his bat — the one he used to hit the sixth-inning grand slam off CC Sabathia — on his first swing against Rivera, who had already started pitching in the minors before the Rays' prized prospect was born in 1990.

But after two more fouls, Myers hit a slow enough grounder and raced down the line to just beat Rivera to the bag.

"It was pretty cool for him to break my bat and then me get a hit on him," Myers said. "It was a really cool thing to be out there on deck and have his song playing."

PRICE CHECK: LHP David Price is set to make a second rehab start Wednesday in Port Charlotte, then the Rays will decide if he is ready to rejoin their rotation.

Price came through Friday's first rehab start well, manager Joe Maddon said, having hit 96 mph during his 49-pitch outing for advanced Class A Charlotte, with his curveball, cutter and changeup all sharp. "He felt very good afterward," Maddon said. "It was a positive experience."

Price, out since mid May with a triceps strain, will throw a bullpen session today at the Trop before pitching for the Stone Crabs, then will be evaluated again. "We're going to see what it feels like after he throws this one," Maddon said.

Also, RH reliever Brandon Gomes, out since early May with a lat strain, will start what Maddon said will be a 7- to 10-day rehab assignment Monday in Port Charlotte.

LONGO LAND: 3B Evan Longoria's second-inning homer was his 10th at the new Yankee Stadium, the most by any visiting player. It also was his sixth off Sabathia, matching Alfonso Soriano for the most in regular-season play. And Longoria has the highest average against Sabathia — .383 (18-for-47) — of any player with at least 40 plate appearances.

PAIR OF ALEXES: RHP Alex Colome had a rougher time in his second big-league start, done in by five walks — part of a season-high nine overall by the staff — and his own error in dropping a toss from 1B James Loney on a play at first that led to two runs. Colome said he felt fine but needs to be "a little more consistent in the strike zone" after throwing 85 pitches over 4⅓ innings.

LHP Alex Torres, meanwhile, posted another 1⅔ scoreless innings, giving him 20 straight to start his season, one off the team record, and 25 straight overall.

HELPING HAND: Vernon Wells was limited to a double when a fan touched the bases-loaded ball he hit to right-center in the seventh-inning rally, though the umpires allowed all three runners to score, as is their discretion. But Rays RF Sam Fuld said if it hadn't been touched, it would have bounced into the stands and been a ground-rule double. "So really the fan helped them, because I think the ball was going to go out of play," he said.

MISCELLANY: The Rays had their fifth multi-error game of the season, first since May 21. … The nine walks by Rays pitchers were their most in a nine-inning game since a July 18, 2012, game vs. the Yankees.

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