Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tim Beckham leads Rays' onslaught with career-high five hits

DENVER — The Rays hitters certainly enjoyed their three days at Coors Field, rapping 35 hits and scoring 25 runs.

Perhaps no one enjoyed it more than INF Tim Beckham, who had a career-high five hits Wednesday.

"It's a pretty good day," Beckham said. "I just want to keep building off that momentum and keep trusting my approach at the plate and not trying to do too much."

Beckham is the ninth Rays player to have five hits in a game, the previous being OF Mikie Mahtook in September. Though Beckham has not gotten much playing time — having totaled just five hits total since June 12 — he found ways to stay sharp, and it showed.

He wasn't the only one to enjoy Coors, as 3B Evan Longoria went 6-for-15 in the three games and ex-Rockies OF Corey Dickerson 6-for-10, raising his average there to .360.

REPLAY DAZE: The Rays were on the wrong end of a long and convoluted replay call in the second inning based on a rule manager Kevin Cash said might be headed toward alteration.

The Rays thought they were out of the inning when RF Steven Souza Jr. caught a fly and made a strong throw home, with the Rockies' Mark Reynolds called out by umpire Paul Emmel.

But after waiting out an awkward and agonizing 6:28 review — longest since the 2014 expansion of replay, pending verification — the Rays saw the call overturned.

More maddening was the explanation: The replay officials determined that C Curt Casali never tagged Reynolds and that Reynolds never touched the plate, which, by replay rule, somehow made him safe. Cash was told the onus was on the Rays to either retag Reynolds or appeal the play before it went to review, but there was no reason for them to do either since the call on the field was an out.

"Unique play," Cash said. "Nobody has quite an understanding of how they came up with that. Even the umpires, to their credit, said that's just the rule, it is what it is. … Obviously when the umpire makes the call out, it's out. Curt Casali is not going to run over and tag the guy just in case. That's not the way you do things."

REHAB REPORT: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery), whose rehab assignment was paused due to fatigue and mechanical issues, threw 28 pitches in a bullpen session at the Trop and was said to feel good, with the next step to be determined. … RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique) is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance for the advanced Class A Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte tonight. … OF Desmond Jennings (hamstring) has been doing light running with Charlotte.

ABOUT TUESDAY NIGHT: Longoria had the big blast in a 10-1 win over the Rockies that was delayed two-plus hours at the start by rain, a 462-foot home run that bounced on the concourse and out of Coors Field. But rookie LHP Blake Snell was the big story, allowing one hit over six dazzling innings and striking out nine. Cash praised Snell for the way he used his fastball to set up his off-speed pitches. Snell was most pleased with the effectiveness of his slider, which he reintroduced as a main weapon in place of his curveball, which wouldn't break as well in the altitude. But Snell's friends in the stands had a different highlight: "They said it was worth the two-hour wait to see you attempt to bunt. That's all they were talking about."

MISCELLANY: Fox Sports Sun is not televising tonight's game, but MLB Network plans to pick up the A's broadcast in progress, after the end of the Tigers-White Sox game. … Rays pitchers struck out 15 Wednesday, 31 for the series. … RHP Chris Archer said he enjoyed getting to run the bases, after drawing a walk, and scoring a run. … CF Kevin Kiermaier got the day off after playing five straight following his return from an eight-week DL stint. … OF Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch for the MLB-most 22nd time.

Comments
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ 4-1 loss to the Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ 4-1 loss to the Yankees

1. Jalen Beeks doesn't have much margin for error. As billed, Beeks doesn't have overpowering stuff. Thus, he relies on mixing his pitches and sequencing them to his advantage, but he also has to throw them where he aims them.2. RHP Hunter Wood is in...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Rays morning after: Jake Faria looks for Blake Snell-like turnaround

Rays morning after: Jake Faria looks for Blake Snell-like turnaround

RHP Jake Faria is a team player, but he welcomes the chance to make a traditional start Wednesday night for the Rays against the Yankees rather than come out of the bullpen."I have more time as a starter to get ready for the day, I can take things a ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Archer trade gets even better as Rays add promising young pitcher

Archer trade gets even better as Rays add promising young pitcher

NEW YORK — The return the Rays got from the Pirates for Chris Archer already looked good.Right-hander Tyler Glasnow has been increasingly impressive in three starts using his high-octane fastball and cruel breaking balls, and outfielder Austin ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: Solid not good enough in loss to Yankees

Rays journal: Solid not good enough in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK — The Rays got another solid outing from LHP Jalen Beeks on Tuesday, though the few mistakes he did make were costly. Add their inability to muster much of anything offensively against J.A. Happ and two relievers, and the result was ye...
Published: 08/14/18
For starters: Rays at Yankees, opening a challenging week

For starters: Rays at Yankees, opening a challenging week

The Rays are in New York tonight to open – assuming the rain clears out – a challenging week of playing the AL East heavyweight Yankees and Red Sox.RHP Hunter Wood is slated to be on the mound to open the game for the Rays. LHP J.A. Happ ...
Published: 08/14/18
Rays get RHP Shane Baz as player to be named from Pirates in Chris Archer deal

Rays get RHP Shane Baz as player to be named from Pirates in Chris Archer deal

RHP Shane Baz, the No. 12 pick in the 2017 draft, will join the Rays from the Pirates as the player to be named in the Chris Archer trade.That makes the Rays' complete haul in the deal RHP Tyler Glasnow, OF Austin Meadows and Baz.Baz, 19, has been pi...
Published: 08/14/18
What’s in the way of the Rays’ rebuild

What’s in the way of the Rays’ rebuild

So here's the good news.The Rays are 60-58 after taking two out of three in Toronto. Their so-called "tanking'' plan isn't really a total tank job after all. Call it a rebuilding project, and this rebuilding project looks way ahead of schedule. Not o...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18
Another strong Tyler Glasnow start, but Rays fall to Blue Jays

Another strong Tyler Glasnow start, but Rays fall to Blue Jays

By KEEGAN MATHESONTimes CorrespondentTORONTO — The Rays might just be onto something with Tyler Glasnow.In his third start since coming over from Pittsburgh in the Chris Archer trade, the 6-foot-8 right-hander pitched five solid innings Sunday ...
Published: 08/12/18
Rays journal: Despite cooling off, Jake Bauers keeps impressing

Rays journal: Despite cooling off, Jake Bauers keeps impressing

By KEEGAN MATHESONTimes CorrespondentTORONTO — In a room full of rookies, Rays 1B Jake Bauers still stands out as one of the kids.The 22-year-old was back in the lineup and batting third in Sunday's series finale in Toronto, and he has the pote...
Published: 08/12/18
Rays journal: Kevin Cash appreciates versatility in lineup

Rays journal: Kevin Cash appreciates versatility in lineup

BY KEEGAN MATHESONTimes CorrespondentTORONTO — On a Rays roster stacked with rookie talent and a steady stream of new faces, players like Joey Wendle and Daniel Robertson have made manager Kevin Cash's life a bit easier.Their ability to play mu...
Published: 08/11/18