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Yoshi Tsutsugo leaves Tampa Bay with a .187 batting average and eight home runs over parts of two seasons. He now must decide whether to accept an assignment to Triple-A or become a free agent.
John Romano | The Rays knew they were making a calculated gamble because Japanese home run hitters have not fared well in the States. Turns out, neither did Yoshi Tsutsugo.
Four hits against the powerful pitcher weren’t enough, while the guests converted one chance.
Rays notes | Kevin Cash said tolerance is required. Also, the Yankees are up to 7 positive COVID-19 cases.
John Romano | MLB granted permission to the Athletics to begin exploring other markets, which means it’s only a matter of time before Tampa Bay gets the same treatment.

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  1. Yoshi Tsutsugo leaves Tampa Bay with a .187 batting average and eight home runs over parts of two seasons. He now must decide whether to accept an assignment to Triple-A or become a free agent.
  2. Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe strikes out in the first inning Wednesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
  3. The timetable for Ji-Man Choi’s return to the Rays is in some question after he experienced soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
  4. Ji-Man Choi was not activated by the Rays on Wednesday as he is dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
  5. Major League Baseball instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure a new ballpark it hopes will keep the club in Oakland in the long term. MLB released a statement Tuesday expressing its longtime concern that the current Oakland Coliseum site is “not a viable option for the future vision of baseball.”
  6. The Mets' Pete Alonso celebrates after scoring the game-winning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th inning of a baseball game Friday, May 7, 2021, in New York.
  7. Rays third baseman Kevin Padlo blows a bubble during a break in the play in the first inning against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
  8. The Rays' Brandon Lowe swings on a pitch during the ninth inning against the Yankees on Tuesday night. Lowe struck out swinging to end the game.
  9. Yoshi Tsustugo produced little since coming over from Japan last season.
  10. Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) celebrates hitting a home run scoring the teamÕs 10th run against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Friday, April 9, 2021.
  11. Yoshi Tsutsugo hasn't been the prolific hitter that the Rays had hoped he would be, with a strikeout rate of nearly 30 percent in 272 plate appearances over 77 games.
  12. The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, right, is looked at by a trainer after stealing second base during Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics.
  13. The Rays' Willy Adames watches his three-run home run against the A's during the fifth inning of Sunday's series finale in Oakland.
  14. Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow stands on the mound as the A's Austin Allen, right, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning Saturday in Oakland.
  15. The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, right, walks with a trainer back to the dugout after spraining his wrist in the second inning Saturday against the A's.
  16. Rays catcher Kevan Smith will stick around a little longer and share time behind the plate with Mike Zunino.
  17. Chris Archer had been away from the Rays since shortly after leaving his April 10 start with an elbow injury.
  18. While referencing the Rays' pitching plan as a front office creation and “what their model is here,” Rich Hill said he has agreed to be all in on whatever they ask him to do.
  19. When not practicing with the Rowdies, Raiko Arozarena, right, has been able to watch his brother, Randy, play for the Rays, including the April 9 home opener when he took this picture and posted it on social media.
  20. A's starter Sean Manaea throws to a Rays batter during the fifth inning of Friday night's game in Oakland, Calif.
  21. Catcher Francisco Mejia has been one of the Rays’ few consistent offensive performers.
  22. Catcher Francisco Mejia was scratched from the Rays lineup Friday due to left intercostal discomfort.
  23. The Rays' Manuel Margot, right, steals home to score as Angels relief pitcher Aaron Slegers misses the throw during the eighth inning Thursday night.
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