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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays keep winning, but so do A’s

Rays offense surges, stadium negotiations continue, and Mallex Smith is better than Giancarlo Stanton

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Yesterday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays successfully completed a sweep of the hapless Baltimore Orioles.

The Rays used another big first inning to propel them to victory, punctuated by a three run blast from Brandon Lowe, his 4th of the season. Carlos Gomez added a solo blast in the sixth inning. Mallex Smith seems to be over his illness and added a three hits to the offensive onslaught. Tommy Pham kept his hit streak alive with another two hits. Willy Adames and Kevin Kiermaier also had two hit games.

On the pitching side, Ryne Stanek suffered from an extreme lack of command opening the game and recorded one out — thanks to a caught stealing — but Yonny Chirinos came in and delivered 6 13 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, while he didn’t walk a batter and collected six strikeouts. Chaz Roe would retire the lone batter he faced and Vidal Nuno tossed the final two innings, yielding nothing to Baltimore.

Tonight, the Rays will welcome in the Cleveland Indians for a three game set, with Corey Kluber facing Tampa Bay’s opener, Diego Castillo

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Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the Dan Johnson game in Boston. Promoted to the majors that day, Johnson was slated to be in the starting lineup, but weather delayed him getting to the ballpark until just a few minutes before the first pitch. So, he was on the bench. That was, until Joe Maddon called upon him to pinch hit to lead off the ninth inning of a one run game, against Jonathan Papelbon.