Ironic the Rays didn't have room to protect Tyler Goeddel and Joey Rickard from being taken in the Rule 5 draft and now because of injuries are scrambling for outfielders. ... The Rays radio guys finished 16th and the TV crew 22nd in an overall crowd-sourced ranking of all MLB broadcast teams, weighted to charisma and analysis, by fangraphs.com readers. ... As if ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't have it good enough with his Cubs an MLB-best 47-24, he was on stage at a charity event last week singing with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. ... The annual entertaining Rays on the Runway event benefitting the Children's Dream Fund is set for Wednesday night at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront; $125 tickets are available at childrensdreamfund.org or calling (727) 896-6390. ... Though limited to spending $300,000 for any one player, the Rays, per Baseball America, are the favorites to sign Venezuelan Diego Infante, one of the top outfielders in this year's July 2 international signing class. ... Archer had a good time doing a good deed last week in not only talking to kids in the Cleveland RBI program, but serving them ice cream: "I was in there slinging. My command was okay but the velocity was really good." ... All-Star rosters, presumably including 3B Evan Longoria, will be announced July 5. ... Ex-Ray Wil Myers, playing first base and hitting .286 with 16 homers for the Padres, will be MLB's ambassador for All-Star week. ... A KIDZ BOP Kids concert has been added for the Aug. 21 game.
Rays rumblings on outfield injuries, a Joe Maddon Jam and more
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