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Rays down on the farm July 12: Shaffer, Snell set for Futures Game

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Richie Shaffer bats cleanup for Team USA, and Blake Snell will pitch fifth for the Americans

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Be sure to catch the Futures Game at 3 PM on MLB Network today. You'll see Blake Snell and Richie Shaffer represent the Rays and some of the most talented prospects around baseball.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (47-42)

A six-run sixth inning lifted Durham to a 9-2 win over Gwinnett. After allowing Gwinnett to pull within one in the top half of the inning, the Bulls sent 10 to the plate to blow the game open. Vince Belnome and Boog Powell each had RBI doubles, and three runs scored on Tim Beckham's single that was followed by an error. Scott Diamond lasted just 2 2/3 innings after being hit by a line drive, and C.J. Riefenhauser was credited with the win thanks to 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-7)

Chris Kirsch tossed a quality started in his Double-A debut, but Montgomery fell to Pensacola by a 4-3 score. He was handed an early 2-0 lead, but an unearned run in the third cut the Blue Wahoos' deficit in half. In the fifth, Kirsch allowed hits to the first three batters, and a one-out hit put Pensacola in front. Kirsch finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on six hits in six innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (6-11)

Steve Ascher was very good in his second career start, a 12-2 win for Charlotte over Brevard County. Ascher struck out three and scattered just three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings before Eduar Quinonez finished the game. With Ascher cruising, the Stone Crabs hammered the Manatees' pitching. Despite Granden Goetzman making two outs in the second, they managed to score six runs with two-run hits from Yoel Araujo, Kean Wong and Mike Marjama. They scored nine runs before Brevard County finally got on the board in the eighth.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-9)

Cristian Toribio's third home run in four games was not enough in Bowling Green's 3-2 loss to West Michigan. Toribio's solo shot in the third put the Hot Rods up 1-0, but Henry Centeno allowed two runs in the bottom half of the inning. He was charged with the eventual winning run in the fifth when the Whitecaps went ahead 3-1 on a Grant Kay throwing error. Centeno finished with three runs -- two earned -- allowed on nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (11-10)

Hudson Valley held on for a 5-3 win over Batavia. After the Muckdogs tied the game at one in the top of the fifth, Matt Dacey cleared the bases with a double to give the Renegades a 4-1 lead. Travis Ott started the sixth, but he was unable to finish it after walking two, allowing a hit and committing an error. Ott finished with three runs allowed on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts.

Rookie Princeton Rays (10-8)

Jose Mujica continued to baffle Appy League hitters in Princeton's 3-2 win over Bluefield. For the third time in four starts, he held an opponent scoreless, this time striking out four, walking none and scattering three hits over five innings. He left with a 1-0 lead, but the Rays were not able to hold the lead. Blake Butera broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth with his first professional home run, and Brett Sullivan scored the decisive run in the ninth when he led off with a double and scored on a squeeze bunt.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (4-14)

A five-run ninth inning sunk the GCL Rays in their 7-3 loss to the GCL Orioles. Down 2-0 in the fifth, the GCL Rays first scored on a balk, and Oscar Rojas later doubled in a pair to give them the lead. Reign Letkeman was summoned to record the last three outs, but his pro debut was a major bust. The first two batters he faced reached base before a go-ahead triple, and he would be charged with five runs while only recording an out.

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Notable performances

AAA OF Boog Powell: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA SS Hak-Ju Lee: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
AA IF Leonardo Reginatto: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB
A+ 2B Kean Wong: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI
A+ IF Pat Blair: 2-for-2, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB
A+ OF Braxton Lee: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB
A IF Cristian Toribio: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
A- OF Cade Gotta: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
R OF Oscar Rojas: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
A+ LHP Steve Ascher: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
A RHP Brian Miller: 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Jose Mujica: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

AA OF Joey Rickard: 0-for-5
A+ C Maxx Tissenbaum: 0-for-5, 2 K
R SS Adrian Rondon: 0-for-4, 2 K
R OF Miguel Hernandez: 0-for-4, 2 K
A RHP Henry Centeno: 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
A- LHP Travis Ott: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
R RHP Reign Letkeman: one-third IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Gwinnett 1:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (1-0, 2.88) v. Kanekoa Texeira (0-3, 3.89)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 5:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (4-2, 4.46) v. Daniel Wright (4-7, 5.17)

Charlotte v. Brevard County 1 PM (radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (0-2, 8.16) v. Javier Salas (7-5, 2.95)

Bowling Green @ West Michigan 1 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Chris Pike (7-2, 3.36) v. Jeff Thompson (3-7, 4.93)

Hudson Valley v. Batavia 5:05 PM (radio stream)
Angel Yepez (1-0, 3.68) v. Brett Lilek (0-0, 0.00)

Princeton @ Bluefield 2:05 PM (radio stream)
Jose Alvarado (0-1, 14.54) v. TBA

GCL Rays are off

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves (updated through 7/8)
44-45 (4th in IL South)
Offense: 332 R (11th) .644 OPS (14th)
Pitching: 3.17 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Jose Peraza (1), C Christian Bethancourt (3), OF Mallex Smith (16), OF Todd Cunningham (23), SS Daniel Castro (25), LHP Andrew McKirahan (28), IF Elmer Reyes (29)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati) (updated through 7/7)
9-7 (T-1st in SL South)
Offense: 262 R (10th) .664 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (7th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jesse Winker (3), OF Kyle Waldrop (13), 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (22)

Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee) (updated through 7/8)
6-10 (T-4th in FSL North)
Offense: 321 R (6th) .652 OPS (6th)
Pitching: (ERA)(ERA Rank) (WHIP)(WHIP Rank)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Clint Coulter (3), LHP Wei-Chung Wang (6)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) (updated through 7/8)
11-5 (1st in MWL East)
Offense: 333 R (11th) .653 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.88 ERA (13th) 1.31 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Derek Hill (3), 3B Zac Shepherd (11), C Arvicent Perez (12), RHP Joe Jimenez (14), RHP Spencer Turnbull (18), OF Michael Gerber (19), 3B Joey Pankake (30)

Batavia Muckdogs (Miami) (updated through 7/9)
6-14 (6th in McNamara)
Offense: 65 R (13th) .657 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 4.14 ERA (11th) 1.35 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Gabe Castellanos (20), OF Anfernee Seymour (21), LHP Brett Lilek

Bluefield Blue Jays (updated through 7/9)
7-12 (5th in APP East)
Offense: 86 R (2nd) .687 OPS (5th)
Pitching: 4.27 ERA (7th) 1.31 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: LHP Nick Wells (28)