Nelson Cruz will bat third as the designated hitter for the Rays tonight against the Indians.
The new addition goes right into the lineup and gets his number from pitching coach Kyle Snyder, who switches to 44.
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Though starting pitching seems to be a need, Tampa Bay deals the veteran lefty for potential future help.
The deal with the Twins adds a proven bat who can address the team’s biggest need in facing left-handed pitchers.


  1. Nelson Cruz will bat third as the designated hitter for the Rays tonight against the Indians.
  2. Have the Rays every made a bigger acquisition than Nelson Cruz?
  3. The Rays on Friday dealt veteran left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the Mets.
  4. Cleveland centerfielder Oscar Mercado hits a double during a game against the Rays Thursday at Progressive Field. The club announced Friday that it is changing its name to Indians.
  5. Joe Ryan delivers a pitch during a Rays simulated game last year at Tropicana Field.
  6. Indians shortstop Amed Rosario tags out the Rays' Austin Meadows trying to steal second during the sixth inning Thursday.
  7. The Rays acquired the big right-handed bat they were seeking Thursday, getting veteran slugger Nelson Cruz from the Twins.
  8. The Rays and Indians open a four-game weekend series tonight at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
  9. The Rays' Joey Wendle (18) high-fives Austin Meadows, second from right, after Meadows' game-winning hit Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
  10. Luis Patino was added to the taxi squad Wednesday and will start for the Rays against the Indians Thursday.
  11. Rays leftfielder Randy Arozarena celebrates after a homer in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
  12. Alanna Rizzo does a sound check before the Rays' game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The game was the first in MLB history to feature an all-female broadcast crew.
  13. Rays top draft pick Carson Williams was excited to be at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, and to be signed.
  14. While the Rays would prefer to give him the night off, Mike Zunino will be available if needed, Kevin Cash said, to play in tonight's game against the Orioles, which will be started by Francisco Mejia.
  15. Rays pitching prospect Joe Ryan said in recent Zoom interview that he is looking forward to pitching for Team USA in the upcoming Olympics.
  16. Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle nearly collides with Rays catcher Mike Zunino during a second-inning putout Monday night at Tropicana Field. Zunino left the game shortly thereafter with hip flexor tightness.
  17. Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan starts tonight against the Orioles following a 10-day layoff.
  18. Alanna Rizzo, left, delivers a report before a 2018 game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies in Denver as then-Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp looks on. Rizzo on Tuesday night will be part of Major League Baseball’s first all-female broadcasting crew.
  19. Orioles All-Star centerfielder Cedric Mullins isn't in the starting lineup for tonight's game against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
  20. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, left, and right fielder Brett Phillips, right, celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  21. The Rays' Wander Franco celebrates with Brandon Lowe after Franco's solo homer in the sixth against the Braves on Sunday.
  22. Red Sox first-base coach Tom Goodwin, second from left, tries to calm leftfielder Alex Verdugo after he was hit in the back by a ball thrown by a fan during the sixth inning Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
  23. Rays shortstop Wander Franco fields a ground ball against the Angels during a game on June 26.