Three straight shutouts. THREE. The Rays have now gone a team record TWENTY EIGHT consecutive innings without scoring a run. Rays batters have just ten hits in their last 101 at bats with runners in scoring position, per SunSports.
It’s only the 11th of June, but…
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&src=hash">#Rays</a> have been shut out in five of the 10 games they've played this month.</p>— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) <a href="https://twitter.com/adamdberry/statuses/476545988258058240">June 11, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Keep swinging those Speed Hitters, boys.
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In other news, the Rays signed their first round draft pick, Casey Gillaspie, who received a signing bonus of $2,035,500. Gillaspie will report to the Hudson Valley Renegades today to begin his journey within the Rays organization.
Ryan Hanigan has also been activated from the DL and Ali Solis was optioned back to Durham last night.
-Yesterday, Manny Machado was suspended for five games for tossing his bat this weekend. He apologized for his actions, but he’s also appealing the suspension. The Orioles GM, Dan Duquette, told Ken Rosenthal that demoting Machado to the minors is still an option.
-Sam Miller takes a look at the decline of Justin Verlander.
-Per Tony Blengino of FanGraphs, it’s time for the Rays to sell.
-Also on FanGraphs, Dave Cameron examines the 2014 Proven Closer Disaster, with mention of Grant Balfour.
-Former Rays, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, are expected to play in the Yankees ‘Old Timers Game’ on June 22nd.
-Carlos Gonzalez had a “foreign body” removed from his index finger yesterday, which will be biopsied. There’s no timetable for his return yet.
-Check out the bling that Robinson Cano gave Derek Jeter as a retirement gift.