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Rays' Christian Bethancourt: Remains on bench
Bethancourt will sit for the third straight game Saturday against the Astros, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Bethancourt's consecutive days off immediately follow a stretch in which he started three straight games and seven out of 10. Francisco Mejia remains the starter behind the plate Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Harold Ramirez: Out of lineup
Ramirez will sit Saturday against the Astros, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Ramirez hits the bench after the Rays clinched a playoff spot Friday. Ji-Man Choi will start at first base, while Wander Franco rests his legs as the designated hitter.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Not in Saturday's lineup
Diaz will sit Saturday against the Astros, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
The Rays clinched a spot in the playoffs Friday and will sit a handful of starters a day later. Diaz may have been bound for the bench regardless of Friday's result, however, as that game was his first one back in the lineup after a 10-day absence due to shoulder issues. Jonathan Aranda starts at third base Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Manuel Margot: Riding pine Saturday
Margot isn't starting Saturday against the Astros, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Margot will rest after he went 1-for-17 with a double, a stolen base, two walks and five strikeouts over the last four games. Randy Arozarena is taking over in right field and batting second.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: Slugs eighth homer
Walls went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Friday against the Astros.
Walls was in the lineup for the fourth time in the Rays' last five games, and he tallied his eighth homer of the season in the eighth inning against Phil Maton. He has tallied a home run and a stolen base with four runs scored in that same five-game span. Walls also had two long balls, three stolen bases and 12 runs scored across 23 games in September, though he hit just .185 for the month.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Three hits in return
Diaz went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Astros.
Diaz returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 19, though he was limited to duties as the designated hitter. He put together a strong performance, highlighted by a two-run double in the sixth inning. Though he's offered little power production, Diaz has managed to get on base at a .402 clip this season while also hitting .296 across 555 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jalen Beeks: Hopes to return next week
Beeks (lower leg) hopes to return from the injured list for next week's series in Boston, per MLB.com.
Beeks is on the injured list with right lower leg tightness and is eligible to return as early as Oct. 3. He's been throwing during his IL stint and will likely have the chance to make at least one more relief appearance for the Rays before joining the team's bullpen for the postseason.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Drew Rasmussen: Shows excellent control in win
Rasmussen (11-7) gave up two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings to earn the win in a 7-3 victory over the Astros on Friday.
Rasmussen continued his superb 2022 campaign with a win over the best team in the American League to clinch the Rays a postseason berth. Rasmussen did not walk a batter and lasted seven strong innings despite throwing only 73 pitches. The 27-year-old right-hander has shown excellent control by walking only 31 batters in 146 innings pitched this season. He is tentatively expected to make his final regular season start of the year at Boston next week, although that could change depending on how the Rays plan to use him in the playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Good to go
Diaz (shoulder) will bat leadoff and serve as the designated hitter Friday against the Astros, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Shoulder soreness has kept Diaz out of the starting lineup since Sept. 19, and he made just one appearance off the bench during that time. He won't take the field just yet but is evidently healthy enough to hit.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Christian Bethancourt: Sits second straight
Bethancourt isn't starting Friday against Houston, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Bethancourt will get a second game off after recording a .467 OPS in the past week. Francisco Mejia will start instead behind the dish and bat sixth.... See More ... See Less
Rays' David Peralta: Absent from Friday's lineup
Peralta isn't starting Friday against the Astros, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Peralta went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout during Thursday's series finale against Cleveland, but he'll head to the bench for the second time in the last three games. Randy Arozarena will man left field and bat second.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Manuel Margot: Nabs base in loss
Margot went 0-for-3 with one steal in Thursday's 2-1 loss against the Guardians.
Margot has been slumping during his last 11 games, recording a .159 average and .182 slugging percentage over 44 at-bats. In addition, the outfielder has racked up 13 strikeouts during that span.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Wander Franco: Swipes two bags in loss
Franco went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two steals in Thursday's 2-1 loss against the Guardians.
Franco recorded a double off righty starter Cal Quantrill in addition to nabbing second base twice. The shortstop has recorded three steals in his last three games and has recorded one hit or more in 14 of his last 15 contests. Furthermore, the 21-year-old has tallied six doubles over his last nine games.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Quality start in no-decision
Springs did not factor into the decision Thursday and did not allow a run on three hits over six innings against Cleveland. He struck out five.
Springs did not allow an extra-base hit in his outstanding start against Cleveland. The lefty has been phenomenal during his last six starts, recording a 1.44 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 31.1 innings. In addition, the 30-year-old has not allowed a home run in five of those six outings.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Cristofer Ogando: Loses spot on 40-man roster
Ogando was designated for assignment by the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ogando was sent to Triple-A Durham by the Rays on Wednesday, and he'll lose his spot on the 40-man roster a day later as the corresponding move for Easton McGee's contract being selected from Durham. If Ogando goes unclaimed on waivers, it seems likely that he'll remain in the organization.... See More ... See Less
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