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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Steve Geltz Optioned

Steve Geltz is optioned, Tyler Sturdevant gets promoted

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The Rays lost again, but at least they padded their home run total with two more shots yesterday afternoon, and after all, that's the only thing that matters this season as everyone knows the dinger leads to the post-season,,,at least that's what I've been led to believe from the morning pamphlets I take in each morning.

Steve Geltz finally forced the Rays hand as he had yet another poor performance during the game, yielding yet another home run, his 7th of the season and 5th over his last seven appearances. He was optioned to Triple-A Durham and the Rays added Tyler Sturdevant to the 40-man roster, so he'll likely make his first major league appearance sometime over the next week before Brad Boxberger makes his much needed return.

Rays Links:

- Topkin previews the Rays upcoming matchup with the Marlins

- Topkin also offers his notes on the Rays loss to the Tigers, Geltz's demotion, and an update on Brad Boxberger

- Neil Solondz offers his notes on the Rays loss

Around the League:

- Jeff Passan looks at some of the worst contracts in baseball, with a couple of them actually nearing their conclusion

- The Gay Men's Chorus of San Diego are suspecting foul play of a PA incident that occurred as they were prepared to deliver the Star Spangled Banner prior to a Padres game

- The Philadelphia Phillies are considering dealing their opening day starter and former Rays Rookie of the Year winner, Jeremy Hellickson

- With Josh Reddick hitting the disabled list, the trade flood gates may open wide for the Oakland Athletics

- Meanwhile, Houston is off to a very poor start and are well below expectations, they could try to deal some of their stars