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AL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
60-38 4-6 W3
59-41 5-5 L1
53-44 5-5 L2
49-49 5-5 W1
44-54 5-5 L2

Top Rays News

  • Rays' Jose Caballero: Helping to fill in for Diaz

    Caballero will start at third base and bat sixth in Sunday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Caballero has now started in each of the Rays' first three games out of the All-Star break, with two coming at third base and the other at second base. He looks as though he could have the opportunity to play regularly against both right- and left-handed pitching while infielder Yandy Diaz (personal) is on the restricted list and away from the team.

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  • Rays' Tyler Zuber: Called up from Triple-A

    The Rays recalled Zuber from Triple-A Durham on Sunday.

    Tampa Bay added Zuber to its 40-man roster over the All-Star break, and the righty reliever will now make his return to the big leagues for the first time since 2021 after getting recalled. Zuber missed all of the 2022 season and a large chunk of the 2023 campaign while he battled shoulder impingement syndrome, but he's been healthy and effective since joining the Rays on a minor-league deal in mid-May. Over 21.2 innings out of the Durham bullpen, Zuber logged a 2.49 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 29:6 K:BB.

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  • Rays' Ryan Pepiot: Heads to IL with knee infection

    The Rays placed Pepiot on 15-day injured list Sunday with a right knee infection.

    Tampa Bay hadn't previously provided any indication that Pepiot was battling an infection, as he had already been confirmed to start Tuesday in Toronto. The Rays will now need to find a spot starter for Tuesday, but Jeffrey Springs (elbow) -- who is expected to make his final rehab appearance at Triple-A Durham on Sunday before being activated from the 60-day injured list -- should eventually take over Pepiot's spot in the rotation. A timeline for Pepiot's return won't be available until he's cleared to resume throwing.

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  • Rays' Alex Jackson: Pops second homer

    Jackson went 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run home run and two runs scored Saturday against the Yankees.

    Jackson was in the lineup to give Ben Rortvedt a day off and delivered his second home run of the season. He'll continue to play sparingly as the backup catcher and has just a .361 OPS and .091 average for the campaign.

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  • Rays' Curtis Mead: Three hits in return to majors

    Mead went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Saturday against the Yankees.

    Mead was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Saturday to replace Yandy Diaz (personal) on the roster and immediately was in the lineup as the designated against lefty Nestor Cortes. It's unclear how long Diaz will be away from the team, but it's possible that Mead will continue to serve in a short-side platoon role at a combination of second and third base as well as designated hitter.

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  • Rays' Jose Caballero: Swipes 25th bag in win

    Caballero went 0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 9-1 win over the Yankees.

    Caballero swiped second before coming around to score in the fourth inning. The stolen base was the shortstop's first in what has been a disappointing July, but he still leads the American League with 25 steals on 36 attempts this season. While speed is his primary asset, the 27-year-old is also batting .241 with six home runs, 24 RBI and 39 runs scored across 294 plate appearances.

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  • Rays' Isaac Paredes: Homers in win

    Paredes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-1 win over the Yankees.

    Paredes homered to lead off the fifth inning and then walked and scored a run in the seventh. The 25-year-old has gone hitless in eight of 14 July contests but has still managed three homers and eight RBI despite his struggles. On the year, he's batting .258 with 16 home runs, 51 RBI and 38 runs scored across 394 plate appearances.

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  • Rays' Randy Arozarena: Huge performance in win

    Arozarena went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Saturday's 9-1 win over the Yankees.

    Arozarena singled in the first inning, homered in the fifth and seventh and then added a double in the ninth. It was a massive day in what has been a bounce-back July for the 29-year-old, as he has hit safely in 12 of 14 contests this month with three long balls and four steals. Since June 1, he has seen his average climb from .158 to .212, and Arozarena now has 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases across 388 plate appearances this season.

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  • Rays' Taj Bradley: Dominant again in win

    Bradley (5-4) earned the win against the Yankees on Saturday, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five over seven scoreless innings.

    The only hit Bradley allowed was a leadoff double to Ben Rice, and he concluded his outing by retiring 11 consecutive batters. The 23-year-old has now tossed seven scoreless frames in back-to-back starts and has yielded two earned runs or fewer in eight straight. He owns a 2.63 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 90:26 K:BB across 75.1 innings and lines up for a home matchup with the Reds next week.

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  • Rays' Brandon Lowe: Resting versus lefty

    Lowe isn't in the Rays' lineup for Saturday's game versus the Yankees, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Left-hander Nestor Cortes will draw the start on the mound for New York, so the lefty-hitting Lowe will take a seat on the bench to begin Saturday's contest. In his place, Curtis Mead will serve as the designated hitter and bat third.

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  • Rays' Josh Lowe: Sitting versus southpaw

    Lowe isn't in the Rays' lineup Saturday against the Yankees, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    The left-handed bat of Lowe will stay put in the Rays' dugout as the lefty-throwing Nestor Cortes toes the slab for New York. Jonny DeLuca will start in right field instead while batting fifth.

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  • Rays' Richie Palacios: Idle versus lefty

    Palacios isn't in the Rays' lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Southpaw Nestor Cortes is set to start on the mound for the Yankees, so the left-handed-hitting Palacios will step out of the lineup Saturday. Jose Caballero will fill in at the keystone and bat seventh.

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  • Rays' Ben Rortvedt: Resting versus LHP

    Rortvedt isn't in the Rays' lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    With left-hander Nestor Cortes slated to start on the bump for New York, the lefty-hitting Rortvedt will retreat to the bench while Alex Jackson starts behind the plate.

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  • Rays' Curtis Mead: Recalled from Triple-A

    The Rays recalled Mead from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Mead will rejoin the Rays as infield depth to replace Yandy Diaz (personal), who landed on the restricted list Saturday. Mead was optioned to Triple-A in early May after slashing .218/.269/.276 through 93 plate appearances, and he's since posted an .847 OPS in the minor leagues. He's unlikely to see regular playing time while with the Rays and will likely return to Durham once Diaz rejoins the team.

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  • Rays' Yandy Diaz: Placed on restricted list

    The Rays placed Diaz (personal) on the restricted list Saturday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.

    Diaz was away from the Rays during Friday's game against the Yankees tending to a personal matter, and it remains unclear when he might return as he moves to the restricted list. In the meantime, Isaac Paredes will take over as the Rays' first baseman, and Curtis Mead will come up from Triple-A Durham to provide Tampa Bay with some additional infield depth.

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  • Rays' Zach Eflin: Struggles with control in loss

    Eflin (5-7) took the loss Friday against the Yankees, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out five.

    The Rays right-hander labored in Yankee Stadium, issuing a season-worst four walks. Before this outing, Eflin hadn't granted four free passes in an appearance since Sept. 23, 2019, when he was a member of the Phillies' rotation. After opening the season with a 3.75 ERA across his first eight starts, the 30-year-old hasn't been as sharp over his last 10 outings, pitching to a 4.47 ERA and 44:9 K:BB in 56.1 innings. Eflin is currently scheduled to make his next start against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .236
(20th)
386
(27th)
91
(26th)
4.18
(21st)

Injuries

Player Injury
R. Pepiot SP Ryan Pepiot SP Knee
J. Springs SP Jeffrey Springs SP Elbow
S. McClanahan SP Shane McClanahan SP Elbow
D. Rasmussen SP Drew Rasmussen SP Elbow
W. Franco SS Wander Franco SS Personal

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