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Rays down on the farm July 2: Rehab ringers bolster minors

Charlotte and the GCL Rays both won with reinforcements from higher levels

With Matt Moore set to return, Jake Odorizzi is working his way back
With Matt Moore set to return, Jake Odorizzi is working his way back
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DH John Jaso (Charlotte): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K
1B James Loney (Charlotte): 2-for-3
RHP Jake Odorizzi (Charlotte): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
IF Andrew Velazquez (GCL Rays): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
OF Ty Morrison (GCL Rays): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB

Triple-A Durham Bulls (42-38)

Durham used three solo home runs to earn a 5-3 win over Toledo. Richie Shaffer's 11th with the Bulls put them up 1-0 in the second, and Taylor Motter and J.P. Arencibia went deep back-to-back in the sixth to add insurance. Scott Diamond was solid, allowing two runs in six innings with five strikeouts

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-1)

Montgomery was postponed.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (2-5)

Willy Adames returned to the lineup with a home run in Charlotte's 5-2 win over Bradenton. After exiting Monday's game early and sitting out Tuesday, Adames homered in his second trip to the plate to give the Stone Crabs a 2-0 lead in the third. Armando Araiza homered in the sixth, and Yoel Araujo added insurance in the ninth with a tow-run single. Jake Odorizzi allowed a run in four innings before Kyle McPherson tossed two scoreless frames to get credited with the win. John Jaso had two hits but struck out three times, and James Loney was 2-for-3.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-4)

A seven-run inning was problematic in Bowling Green's 7-1 loss to Fort Wayne. Enderson Franco retired nine of the first 10 he faced, but the game fell apart in the fourth when the TinCaps collected six hits, including a three-run home run to cap the scoring. Franco was charged with all seven runs in four innings of work. Thomas Milone's single in the fifth scored Alec Sole for the Hot Rods' only run.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (6-6)

Hudson Valley had a forgettable 7-0 loss to Brooklyn. The Renegades' defense did not help matters with five errors that contributed to three runs.  Starter Greg Maisto was charged with three runs -- one earned -- in 3 1/3 innings, and Benton Moss followed with three runs -- two earned -- allowed in 2 1/3 innings. Hudson Valley was limited to two hits.

Rookie Princeton Rays (5-4)

Princeton held on for a 7-5 win over Greeneville. Down 2-1 in the fourth, Princeton scored five two-out runs, capped by a two-run single by Patrick Grady. Starter Blake Bivens allowed four runs -- two earned -- on five hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts, and Alberto Casanas allowed just an unearned run in three innings of relief.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-7)

A five-run eighth inning lifted the GCL Rays to a 10-8 win over the GCL Twins. It looked like another clunker when they were down 7-2 after three innings, but a three-run fourth pulled them closer. The game was decided in the eighth when Andrew Velazquez cleared the bases with a single and scored himself on a two-error play. Starter Abrahan Rodriguez allowed seven runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings, and John Williams orchestrated 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.


Notable performances

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AAA SS Hak-Ju Lee: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 2 BB
A+ C Armando Araiza: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
A IF Alec Sole: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B
R+ DH Peter Maris: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
R+ C Jamie Mitchell: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
R+ OF Angel Perez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
R OF Miguel Hernandez: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

A- OF Angel Moreno: 0-for-4, 2 K
A RHP Enderson Franco: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
A- LHP Greg Maisto: 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
A- RHP Benton Moss: 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
R RHP Abrahan Rodriguez: 4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 5 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Norfolk 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Matt Andriese (1-0, 2.70) v. Michael Bowden (5-2, 2.43)

Montgomery @ Tennessee 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream) DOUBLEHEADER
Jared Mortensen (5-3, 3.29) v. Pierce Johnson (1-0, 0.77)
Ryne Stanek (3-1, 3.94) v. Andres Santiago (1-3, 4.42)

Both games will be seven innings

Charlotte @ Bradenton 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (8-3, 2.51) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ South Bend 7:35 PM (radio stream)
TBA v. Erick Leal (6-4, 4.96)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 PM (radio stream)

Princeton @ Danville 7 PM
Brock Burke (1-0, 1.80) v. TBA

GCL Rays @ GCL Twins 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Norfolk Tides (Baltimore) (updated through 6/30)
45-33 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 279 R (13th) .670 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.91 ERA (1st) 1.24 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Christian Walker (3), OF Dariel Alvarez (5), RHP Zach Davies (6), RHP Mike Wright (8), RHP Tyler Wilson (12), OF Henry Urrutia (14)

Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) (updated through 6/29)
3-2 (T-2nd in SL North)
Offense: 344 R (3rd) .716 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 3.18 ERA (1st) 1.26 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Billy McKinney (6), OF Albert Almora (7), RHP Pierce Johnson (9), LHP Rob Zastryzny (14), RHP Corey Black (16), OF Jacob Hannemann (17), OF Bijan Rademacher (21), 1B Dan Vogelbach (25)

Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh) (updated through 6/29)
4-3 (T-2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 315 R (3rd) .697 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.69 ERA (11th) 1.27 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Austin Meadows (3), C Reese McGuire (5), OF Harold Martinez (10), SS JaCoby Jones (13), 3B Wyatt Mathisen (22), OF Barrett Barnes (23), LHP Cody Dickson (24), LHP Jayson Aquino (25), RHP Luis Heredia (26)

South Bend Cubs (updated through 6/30)
4-3 (T-1st in MWL East)
Offense: 326 R (6th) .696 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.67 ERA (11th) 1.30 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Gleyber Torres (8), RHP Jake Stinnett (12), RHP Trevor Clifton (23), RHP James Norwood (29)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) (updated through 6/29)
8-4 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 54 R (5th) .659 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.13 ERA (5th) 1.25 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: C Brandon Brosher (29)

Danville Braves (updated through 6/30)
4-5 (T-3rd in APP East)
Offense: 25 R (10th) .579 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.31 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (4th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Garrett Fulenchek (9)

GCL Twins (updated through 6/27)
5-4 (2nd in GCL South)
Offense: 20 R (10th) .613 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 2.53 ERA (6th) 1.09 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: 1B Lewin Diaz (18)