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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays set new franchise highs

Also: bean ball wars are still dumb!

Tampa Bay Rays v San Francisco Giants Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

There was a whole big ruckus between two former Rays, Chris Archer and Derek Dietrich. Technically Dietrich never played for the Rays, just Rays system, but still: we’ve got ex-Ray on ex-Ray drama!

1st: Archer serves up a pitch that Derek Dietrich smashes into the Allegheny river, and he watches it fly the entire way.

Straight admiring that moon shot:

Well, the next time Dietrich came up, Archer decided to settle things not through actually defeating him through baseball but instead just hurling a rock at him because he was mad:

Amongst the chaos we got beauty and art

Later in the game, the Reds TV guy insinuates/questions a mysterious substance on Archer’s jersey.

All this drama, and there still was actual baseball happening: And Derek Dietirch still enjoys hitting baseballs in the river!

Five Remarkable Features of the Reds-Pirates Brawl - Emma Baccellieri, Emma has a further breakdown of the most interesting things out of the silly manly display of ego.

Rays News

For the first time in franchise history, the Rays have won their first three series. To do it, they needed to face an old friend, continue to pitch lights out, and get a little weird.

Rays got a little kooky with a Waxahachie Swap, with Roe coming in to K Longoria and Kolarek to 1B:

Kolarek talking about his first experience as a major league 1B

Rays Tales: The world according to Evan Longoria - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: Catching up with an old friend.

Two Legends of Tampa Bay:

Some Topkin sass on the Giants starting pitchers early exits

Pham enters Rays record book with hit - Juan Toribio, Pham over the weekend passed Johnny Damon, to set (and extend) his Rays record on base streak.

Rays journal: Garcia to return to Chicago with no hard feelings - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times: More homecomings, this time with Avi Garcia back to the south side of Chicago.

Rays have pitching depth, Red Sox and Cubs have pitching problems and everything else we learned in MLB this week - Katherine Acquavella, CBS Sports: Some love for the Rays pitchers.

Around the League

Reds Acquire Rob Refsnyder - MLBTradeRumors: The return of Walksnyder!

The Book of Jobu: How ‘Major League’ predicted the future - Sam Miller, ESPN: Sam breaks down the very real life lessons Major League absolutely nailed (also, kinda jealous Sam got to experience Major League for the first time).

Korean Submarine Pitcher Park Jong-Hoon Has Big League Ambitions - Sung Min Kim, Fan Graphs: I love me a submarine pitcher, always have, always will. So I wish good luck and hope to see Park Jong-Hoon in the show. Sung Min Kim has an excellent breakdown of his mechanics, complete with pitch grips and lots of gifs!

Nats’ Rosenthal fails to record outs in 5 straight appearances to tie record - Michael Bradburn, The Score: Trevor Rosenthal has tied the record for most appearances in a row without recording an out.