Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Yankees' Rivera reportedly to retire after season

TAMPA — Exit Sandman. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career.

Baseball's 43-year-old all-time saves leader with 608 plans to announce this weekend that he will retire after this season, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. The Associated Press reported that a news conference is set for Saturday.

Rivera, whose entrance to Metallica's Enter Sandman has brought Yankees fans to their feet, is regarded as one of the best clutch pitchers in history, posting a record 42 postseason saves with an 0.70 ERA on the way to five World Series titles.

"Greatest closer of all time. No question in my mind," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's really hard to imagine that anyone could do the job he did. At times it seemed like it wasn't fair. That's how good Mo was. He was so dominant."

Rivera missed most of last season after he tore a ligament in his right knee while catching fly balls during batting practice.

"I think he was sort of in-between last year, before he got hurt," former manager Joe Torre said. "It didn't surprise me he wanted to come back, just based on who he is and what he represents."

Trending Up: RHP Ivan Nova bolstered his bid to join the rotation, allowing one run on three hits in three innings in a 7-6 loss to the Cardinals. "The base hits were ground balls," Nova said. "It's not like they are doubles. If I give a base hit on the ground, that's good."

Phillies: Blown out

CLEARWATER — Mother Nature did Phillies pitchers no favors as the Twins' Aaron Hicks hit three wind-aided homers in Minnesota's 10-6 win.

Hicks connected on the second pitch from LHP Cliff Lee (3⅔ innings, two runs, four hits, five strikeouts), who was making his third appearance.

"I feel strong," Lee said. "I felt like I could keep going."

OF Darin Ruf, who was 3-for-28 coming in, went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a run-scoring single.

"Hopefully that gets him going," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Ruf is a good hitter. … He might be trying a little hard."

Not today: Manuel said 1B Ryan Howard, who had played in 14 games in a row, will have today off against the Rays.

Blue Jays: Off target

SARASOTA — LHP Mark Buehrle, the Jays' third starter, allowed Nolan Reimold's lead-off homer in the first in his two innings against the Orioles, but he was more disgusted at his lack of control.

"For me, I hate walking guys. I'd rather give up 10 hits and no walks," said Buehrle, who gave up two hits and walked three.

Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth as the Orioles won 11-10.

Lawrie out of WBC: 3B Brett Lawrie withdrew from Canada's entry in the World Baseball Classic with a rib injury. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Comments
Rays season turning into good one

Rays season turning into good one

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays are not the best team in baseball. They are not going to win the World Series this year. Heck, they probably won't even make the playoffs.But I tell you what. This team is a heck of a lot of fun to watch.And ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

The catwalks at Tropicana Field are arguably the worst feature, but they  came in handy for the Rays on Sunday. Yankees pinch-hitter Clint Frazier hit what looked to be a ninth-inning home run that would've given them a one-run lead. Instea...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays first baseman Jake Bauers sat at his locker after Sunday afternoon's 7-6, 12-inning win over the Yankees and thumbed through his text messages. There was no way he could get through them all. That's what happens when ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

ST. PETERSBURG — Ryan Yarbrough was only supposed to throw on Sunday if it was an emergency. In the 12th inning with the score tied 6-6 and a runner on first, there was an emergency.Jonny Venters tweaked his right hamstring trying to cover firs...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG — With all that's been said, tweeted, ranted and written on these pages and elsewhere about the Rays' odd, unorthodox, weird and some days downright wacky pitching plan, this might be the craziest thing yet:It's working.Like, rea...
Published: 06/23/18
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
Published: 06/23/18
Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

ST. PETERSBURG — The key to SS Willy Adames rapping two of the biggest hits in the Rays' 4-0 win Saturday actually took place the night before.An RBI single that snapped an 0-for-12 and a second hit two winnings later in Friday's game restored ...
Published: 06/23/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Yankees game

INF Daniel Robertson has only played two games after a short DL stint, but it seems like he has already made a half dozen great plays. Willy Adames and Jake Bauers get the attention, but Robertson has the skills to steal the show any night.It is obvi...
Published: 06/23/18
For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

UPDATE, 2:38: Clarifying what was a communication error with the team PR staff, Rays manager Kevin Cash said LHP Blake Snell was slated for an extra day's rest all along and will face the Nationals on Monday not the Yankees on Sunday. The Rays will u...
Published: 06/23/18
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

1. SS Willy Adames had a nice night, and there appear to be many more in his future. He had two hits, an RBI and an inning-ending leaping catch on a line drive by Didi Gregorius in the fifth.2. DH C.J. Cron needs to shake things up. Take a different ...
Published: 06/22/18