After an extremely slow beginning to the game, the Rays defeated the Royals 4-3 to even the series, 1-1. Timely runs in the eighth inning would be enough to secure the lead for Tampa Bay, but Jake McGee definitely made things interesting in the ninth by allowing two runs to score. It's Jake McGee, though...Mr. Reliable in the bullpen. McGee ended the game by putting away Omar Infante with a 99 MPH fastball to secure a Rays victory. You can read more about Jeremy Hellickson's 2014 debut in Ian's recap, here.
Chris Archer teamed up with Good Sports to donate more than $29,000 worth of sports equipment to the Springhill Park Community Center, yesterday. Archer was on hand at the community center to test out the equipment with the kids. Always one to give advice, Archer told the kids, "Your potential is endless. You can be a doctor, you can be a lawyer, you can be a teacher, a mentor. You can be whatever you want, as long as you make the right decisions, you'll be alright." Kathryn Burch of WTSP 10 News has more on Archer's visit, here.
From Archer's Instagram...
Matt Joyce and Jake Odorizzi will visit All Children's Hospital this afternoon, according to a Rays press release. Love to see our players actively involved in the community!
Desmond Jennings took over the Rays Twitter account yesterday to answer some fan questions, including why the outfielders always play rock, paper, scissors after a victory.
-David Price talks with Sports on Earth about how he's evolved as a pitcher.
-The Home Run Derby participants were announced yesterday. For the AL, we'll see Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones and Brian Dozier. The NL will be represented by Troy Tulowitzki, Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig and Todd Frazier.
-Billy Beane wrote a guest editorial for the Wall Street Journal to discuss how technology is changing the future of sports.
-Yu Darvish was struck in the head by a line drive during batting practice yesterday, but took to Twitter afterwards to let everyone know that he's ok and that he's strong :).
-Sorry Peavy, the Cardinals just aren't that into you.
-Bruce Markusen of The Hardball Times reminisces on the summer of 1979 and his following of the Inter-American League.
-Prince Fielder sheds his uniform for the cover of ESPN's The Body issue. Don't click if you're at work!
-Would you rather have a trophy, or this championship belt?