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Brandon Lowe hits 1st HR, Rays eyeing the playoffs, and Jose Bautista is on the move

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves played a back and forth affair, with Atlanta ultimately taking the victory and snapping the Rays eight game winning streak.

Tampa Bay took an early lead thanks to a couple of sac flies, but Atlanta thundered back in the 5th and took a 5-2 lead, thanks to some sloppy defense from the Rays and some timely hitting.

In the 8th, the Rays rallied to tie the game at 5, but bullpen imploded in the bottom half of the frame, allowing four runs. However, there still was no quit in the Rays, as they loaded the bases in the 9th, but unfortunately Willy Adames grounded out to end the game.

On the bright side of things, Tommy Pham remained hot as he collected three more hits. Joey Wendle, Matt Duffy, and Kevin Kiermaier all had two hit days, and Brandon Lowe connected for his first big league home run.

The Rays and Braves will be back at it tonight with Diego Castillo opening against Sean Newcomb at 7:35.

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[Player] was an early candidate for the top pick in the 1999 draft but battled tendinitis all spring and saw his stock drop somewhat due to the health questions. As a result, the Royals put him on a strict 60-pitch limit during his seven starts for Spokane, but that was enough to showcase his tools. He was consistently at 93-94 mph with his fastball, topping out at 96. [Player] is a good athlete with extra long arms and legs, but he does more than just blow hitters off the plate with heat. He already throws an above-average changeup at times and showed a sharp curveball to Northwest League hitters. Unlike many tall young pitchers, [Player] has not shown a problem throwing strikes and keeping the ball down in the strike zone.

Hint: Once a top 100 prospect in baseball and mainstay in the Royals top ten