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Jalen Beeks homecoming, Rays were enamored with Michael Perez long before the trade, and will Kevin Cash be the Manager of the Year?

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The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Boston Red Sox, 2-0. The Rays managed to avoid being swept, following two lackluster performances on Friday and Saturday.

Jalen Beeks made his return to Fenway Park for the first time since being traded at the deadline for Nate Eovaldi. Following 1 23 scoreless innings from Diego Castillo, who opened the game, Beeks came on in relief and delivered four scoreless innings of his own, surrendering just one hit. Chaz Roe, Jose Alvarado, and Sergio Romo would pitch the final three innings of the game. Romo would get credited with the save, the 100th of his career.

The Rays offense came via solo home runs as Joey Wendle launched his 7th home run of the year to give the Rays an early lead. In the 9th, C.J. Cron blasted his 24th long ball of the season to give the Rays an insurance run.

Tonight, the Rays are back at Tropicana Field and they’ll welcome in the Kansas City Royals. Hunter Wood has been deemed tonight’s opener, and he’ll be opposed by Jorge Lopez.

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Tino Martinez

The Tampa native and veteran first baseman came to the Rays in a trade during the 2003-2004 off-season. Martinez was a major league veteran of 14 seasons prior to arriving in Tampa Bay, having won four World Series titles along the way. While with Tampa in 2004, Martinez launched his 300th career home run, hitting .262/.362/.461 with 23 HR over 138 games. He would play one more year in 2005 with the Yankees, before retiring.