The Rays beat Chris Sale, and by the Rays, we mean Wilson Ramos and his crew. Ramos hit a home run, a double, and threw two runners out on the bases.
Rays Radio has interviews with Ramos, Jacob Faria, Logan Morrison, Peter Bourjos, and Kevin Cash. Here’s an excerpt from Ramos talking about facing Sale:
I was trying to see his arm, and get the key in the other at bat. I was looking at just his arm because he’s got too much movement. If I concentrate on his movement, probably he’d kill me. But I was concentrating on his arm, trying to see the ball, and that’s what I did.
- Jason Collette took a close look at Mallex Smith. It’s good analysis, with a clear takeaway (something to do with breaking balls—go read it).
- Logan Morrison got snubbed—only the second player with this many home runs to get left out of the All-Star game.
- Umpire Angel Hernandez has filed a suit, claiming that he’s been a victim of racial discrimination in having been passed over for crew chief jobs. Mary Craig wrote that while many fans may think Hernandez is a bad umpire, we should not dismiss his claim out of hand.
- David Laurila talked to Manny Machado about preparation.
- Jack Moore wrote about how abolishing the draft would be a good thing, and wouldn’t simply tilt baseball further toward the large market teams. I don’t buy it. But it’s an interesting idea to think through.
- Rob Mains worries about the uptick in hit batters.
- The Royals may be in the market for a starting pitcher, so start up the Alex Cobb trade talk.