Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Twins game

Sitting around for two hours waiting through a couple of false alerts is going to be a bit frustrating, and it showed in LHP Blake Snell's shaky first inning. After an infield single he loaded the bases on two walks and had a wild pitch, but he worked his way out it.

Maybe the Rays sending Willy Adames back to Triple A will turn out to be the right move, that he'll return playing better and more focused. But if it backfires, if he gets hurt or grows a big shoulder chip, they'll have to justify that it was worth hanging on to Adeiny Hechavarria.

Good for the Rays in acting quickly to distance themselves from the public relations mess Papa John's is dealing with after founder/chairman John Schnatter acknowledged using a racial slur and resigned, though a statement from the team detailing its distaste would be appropriate.

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Blake Snell wins major-league-leading 20th in 4-0 win over Rangers

Blake Snell wins major-league-leading 20th in 4-0 win over Rangers

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Tuesday’s Rays-Rangers game

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Rays journal: Ji-Man Choi impresses fellow South Korean major-leaguer

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Updated: 10 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Rangers, with Snell going for No. 20

For starters: Rays at Rangers, with Snell going for No. 20

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Blake Snell goes for a Rays’ rarity, his 20th win Tuesday

Blake Snell goes for a Rays’ rarity, his 20th win Tuesday

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Published: 09/17/18
Rays journal: Tyler Glasnow strong in victory over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — RHP Tyler Glasnow finally got his first win as a Ray Monday night.And he flirted with — or at least winked at — a no-hitter along the way.With six solid innings (and only two infield hits allowed) by Glasnow, a te...
Published: 09/17/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Rangers game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Rangers game

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Published: 09/17/18
Cardinals Kolten Wong rips Rays for not calling up brother Kean, says they are “bad organization”

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Published: 09/17/18
For starters: Rays at Rangers, with a left-leaning lineup

For starters: Rays at Rangers, with a left-leaning lineup

UPDATE, 6:36: Cash said it's surprising Glasnow doesn't have a win given that he's pitched so well for the most part. … Cash said it just day off for Duffy, who will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. … TV man Dewayne Staats is expected to...
Published: 09/17/18