Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays up next: All-Star break, Monday-Thursday

Today: Off

On deck

Tuesday: All-Star Game in Miami

Wednesday-Thursday: Off

Friday: at Angels, 10:07. Rays, RH Jacob Faria (4-0, 2.11); Angels, TBA

Saturday: at Angels, 9:07. Rays, RH Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.75); Angels, TBA

Sunday: at Angels, 3:37. Rays, RH Chris Archer (7-5, 3.95); Angels, TBA

Rays by the numbers

2016 W-L at break: 34-54 (5th)

2017 W-L at break: 47-43 (3rd)

2016 GB at break: 17.5

2017 GB at break: 3.5

2016 runs at break: 344

2017 runs at break: 428

2016 HR at break: 118

2017 HR at break: 133

2016 BA at break: .240

2017 BA at break: .257

2016 OBP at break: .306

2017 OBP at break: .329

2016 SLG at break: .420

2017 SLG at break: .445

2016 OPS at break: .726

2017 OPS at break: .774

2016 ERA at break: 4.57

2017 ERA at break: 4.17

2016 SP ERA at break: 4.46

2017 SP ERA at break: 4.05

2016 RP ERA at break: 4.79

2017 RP ERA at break: 4.38

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer

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For starters: Rays vs. Royals, with Snell on the bump

For starters: Rays vs. Royals, with Snell on the bump

UPDATE, 5:24: LHP Blake Snell is "really close" to resuming a full workload after cautious handling since his return from the DL is likely to work 6-7 innings tonight. …. Cash said he changed up the lineup to give new looks to a couple of strug...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays pitchers firing blanks, take 23-inning scoreless streak into play tonight

Rays pitchers firing blanks, take 23-inning scoreless streak into play tonight

The Rays go into play tonight against the Royals having thrown back-to-back shutouts and with a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings.The team record for consecutive scoreless innings is 27, set from Sept. 12-15, 2013, against the Red Sox and Tw...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays defeated the Royals 1-0 on Monday night — Tampa Bay's major-league-leading 51st one-run game — is not surprising. What is a bit unusual is how they did it.With two outs and runners on first and third i...
Published: 08/20/18
Rays journal: Seminole’s Brett Phillips returns home

Rays journal: Seminole’s Brett Phillips returns home

ST. PETERSBURG — Brett Phillips played at Tropicana Field in 2012 when he was a senior at Seminole High and a member of Team Pinellas in the annual Hillsborough vs. Pinellas All-Star Game. He was just weeks away from being picked in the sixth r...
Published: 08/20/18
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Royals game

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Royals game

Replay played a big role in the game. The Rays got their run in the second when an out call at first was overturned. Then in the fourth, Kevin Kiermaier was picked off second with no outs after a replay showed his hand came off the base.Ryan Yarbroug...
Published: 08/20/18
Rays journal: Sergio Romo extremely thankful for career save No. 100

Rays journal: Sergio Romo extremely thankful for career save No. 100

BOSTON — Sergio Romo tries — though not always successfully — to keep his emotions in check on the mound. You kind of have to in logging 100 career saves, the milestone he reached in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Red Sox.But walking int...
Published: 08/19/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Manager Kevin Cash always gives the credit for success to the players, but his deft handling of the bullpen Sunday was illustrative of how well his planning and decision-making can work when the pitches are executed and the plays are made.INF Joey We...
Published: 08/19/18
Jalen Beeks shines for Rays in winning return to Boston

Jalen Beeks shines for Rays in winning return to Boston

BOSTON — Jalen Beeks called it a complicated question.Then he gave a convoluted answer.Just what, he was asked after leading the Rays to a 2-0 win Sunday over the Red Sox, did it mean to come back to Fenway Park for the first time and beat...
Published: 08/19/18
Rays finish trip with 2-0 shutout of Red Sox

Rays finish trip with 2-0 shutout of Red Sox

BOSTON – The Rays always seem to find a way to make things interesting.Sunday, they did so by shutting down and shutting out the majors-best Red Sox in a 2-0 matinee win to cap a winning three-city road trip.Five Rays pitchers combined to blank...
Published: 08/19/18
For starters: Rays at Red Sox, trying to salvage something

For starters: Rays at Red Sox, trying to salvage something

UPDATE, 11:54: Cash said the outfield alignment was result of not wanting to put Pham or Bauers in RF for 1st time here. Said Bauers should be somewhat familiar with Green Monster due to similar LF wall at AAA Durham. … Cash said part of reason...
Published: 08/19/18