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Willy Adames couldn’t capitalize on a fielding opportunity that led to an early Rays deficit.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames looks down at the ball after he was unable to get the throw off after fielding an infield single by Oakland Athletics Ramon Laureano (22) scoring Khris Davis (2) during the fourth inning at Tropicana Field. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published Jun. 12
Updated Jun. 13

• A day after blaming the Rays’ loss on his bounced throw to first, Willy Adames failed to convert on another fielding opportunity. He couldn’t get a soft grounder out of his glove, which helped Tampa Bay fall behind 1-0 with two outs in the fourth inning. It was ruled a hit, but it’s the kind of play an everyday shortstop should make.

• The Rays’ baserunning continues to be a concern. The latest culprit was when Yandy Diaz was caught stealing, curiously trying to take third with the team’s top hitter (Austin Meadows) up. Entering Wednesday, only four teams have been thrown out attempting to steal more often than the Rays.

• It got overshadowed by the end result, but Tommy Pham throwing out Khris Davis at third was one of the day’s highlights for the Rays. It was Pham’s fourth outfield assist of the season after having only four all of last year in 128 combined games with the Cardinals and Rays.


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