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Rays are favorites to acquire Hechavarria, Blake Snell to start Wednesday, and James Shields had a bad weekend

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Yesterday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles managed to overcome the Rays bullpen over the final innings of the game to take an 8-5 win as well as the series victory. Jake Odorizzi lasted one out into the sixth, with Tommy Hunter providing a strong relief outing after him as he set down all five batters he faced. Chase Whitley and Alex Colome did not, as they allowed four runs to cross the plate.

Evan Longoria homered for the Rays on the offensive side of things, setting a new record for most home runs hit by a third baseman against the Orioles, so that’s nice.

With the loss, the Rays fell to 40-38, but Boston and New York both lost as well so the Rays remain just two and half games back in the division. However, they also lost their spot in the Wild Card race as they’re now a game behind the Cleveland Indians for the second spot.

  • Blake Snell will make his return to the majors on Wednesday as the Rays announced they’ll be promoting him
  • Ryan Yarbrough left his start for the Durham Bulls early after being hit by a comebacker, but some fine detective work from our own Brad Neveu (asking Neil Solondz), yielded it was just precautionary