Your new homerun leader for the Tampa Bay Rays, Sean Rodriguez, gave the team their first walk-off victory of the season yesterday over the Oakland Athletics. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Rays. Feel free to watch the homerun again below.
Danny recapped yesterday’s win here and highlighted Alex Cobb’s return to the mound.
Next up, the struggling Boston Red Sox come to town for a three-game series this weekend. They’ve lost seven in a row after finishing up an 0-6 homestand, yesterday. Chris Archer will take the mound against John Lackey at 7:10 PM tonight.
By the time this contest ends on June 15, could the Rays have a different closer? You can enter here to win lunch with Grant Balfour at Outback.
Alex Cobb will be joining Marc Topkin for a Lunchtime Live Q&A on the Tampa Bay Times website this afternoon at 12:30 PM.
Have to keep pushing that boulder in the other direction. Want to believe we will get a bump from this on the offensive side.— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) May 23, 2014
-More bad news for the Rangers as Prince Fielder will undergo season-ending surgery on a herniated disk in his neck. Jurickson Profar could also miss the remainder of the season as he re-injured his shoulder while getting out of bed.
-Yasiel Puig made an amazing catch at Citi Field yesterday.
-Could you imagine Jose Molina hitting an inside the park homerun? It would take more of a miracle than Kurt Suzuki’s from Tuesday night, which FanGraphs examines here.
-Ryan Braun left yesterday’s game in the fourth inning with tightness in his right side. He had previously missed 14 games due to a right ribcage strain.
-Not surprisingly, the Dodgers announced that they released Miguel Olivo following his ear-biting assault on Alex Guerrero.
-One member of the New York media is not happy with what Matt Harvey does while he’s not on the field for the Mets.
-You might want to make some room on your fantasy team, because Oscar Tavares could be called up within the next two weeks.
-Mike Moustakas was demoted to Triple-A yesterday. Danny Valencia will take over as third baseman for Kansas City.
-Here’s a laugh for your Friday: Over at NotGraphs, John McCain shows you how to cheer for a homerun.