Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Rays starter Jake Faria will be on the mound today.  [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Faria on the mound

UPDATE, 3:27: Here is the Rays lineup, would just called up top prospect Willy Adames:Robertson 2bCron 1bDuffy dhRamos cAdames ssField rfArroyo 3bRefsnyder lfSmith cfFaria...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Shortstop Willy Adames was sent back to the minors during spring training but is expected to be part of the next wave of prospects to reach the Rays this season. (Chris Urso, Times)

Rays call up top prospect Willy Adames – for now

The Rays have called up top prospect INF Willy Adames – though likely for a short stay.INF Joey Wendle was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, which can last three days.Adames is likely to head back to Triple-A Durham when...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
The Rays' Christian Arroyo scores from third as Martin Maldonado of the Angels  watches from the ground Friday in Anaheim. [Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images]

Rays journal: Christian Arroyo set to play first game at Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG  — Christian Arroyo has watched more than 50 Rays games at Tropicana Field from the stands. Has been on the turf for his younger sister's gymnastics competitions and once, while it was in football configuration, to...
Published: 05/21/18
Kevin Kiermaier will be a dad this fall. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

There’s a swing by Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier …. and a gender reveal for November baby

Tampa Bay Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier and his wife Marisa are having a boy.Kiermaier shared the news on Twitter over the weekend in a most appropriate themed gender reveal event — taking a swing at ball that exploded with blue...
Published: 05/21/18
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash says his club's new pitching strategy is focused on avoiding having pitchers face hitters three times in one game. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) MDPS123

What’s next for the Rays’ new pitching strategy

ST. PETERSBURG — When Kevin Cash called team president Matt Silverman Sunday morning to wish him happy birthday, he expected to get back some form of an "attaboy" for implementing the Rays' latest unorthodox pitching strategy in using...
Published: 05/21/18
Rays third baseman Matt Duffy takes the throw but not in time to get the Angels' Mike Trout stealing third during the fifth inning Sunday, May 20, 2018. [Getty Images]

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

* It's always interesting to think of how many amazing plays you see made in a game, then often a simple one — such as the fourth-inning comebacker to Rays RHP Matt Andriese — gets messed up and costs teams heavily, as that led to...
Published: 05/20/18
Rays pitcher Sergio Romo comes to the plate during the first inning against the Angels on Sunday, May 20, 2018. [Associated Press]

Rays journal: Pitching plan works, until Sergio Romo leaves in second inning

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Doubling down on their innovativeness and starting veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a second straight day worked out fine Sunday for the Rays.It was the less-effective pitchers who followed, plus the...
Published: 05/20/18
Mike Trout of the Angels steals second, beating the throw to Rays second baseman Joey Wendle during the fifth inning on Sunday, May 20, 2018. [Getty Images]

What a long, strange and winning road trip it was for Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The nearly Yanny-vs.-Laurel level national debate over their latest pitching strategy innovation of starting relievers isn't quite as entertaining today. The In-N-Out burgers in the clubhouse after the game weren't as...
Published: 05/20/18
Johnny Field's homer off Shohei Ohtani was one of the Rays few bright spots. [AP]

Romo not the reason, but Rays streak ends at 6 with 5-2 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif.  – Doubling down on their innovativeness and starting veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a second straight day worked out fine for the Rays on Sunday.It was the less effective pitchers who followed, and the...
Published: 05/20/18
Sergio Romo struck out all three batters he faced on Saturday. [Getty Images]

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

UPDATE, 2:27: If the Rays win today, it would be their first four-game sweep since Sept. 20-23, 2013, vs. Baltimore and first on the road since Aug. 16-19 here at Anaheim. … It also would be the first time they swept back...
Published: 05/20/18