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The outfielder was off to a strong start before injuring his thumb

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious last night, sealing another series victory as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-3.

The Rays improved to 23-12 on the season and maintained a two game lead over the New York Yankees for the division lead.

Brandon Lowe had an excellent day at the plate as he homered and doubled. Lowe now leads all qualified MLB rookies in fWAR (1.6). Yandy Diaz and Mike Zunino also had doubles for the Rays offense, meanwhile Kevin Kiermaier snagged two bases. Pitching wise, the only Rays pitcher to struggle was Adam Kolarek, who gave up two solo home runs during the ninth inning.

This afternoon, the Rays will go for the sweep with Charlie Morton going to the mound and being opposed by Robbie Ray.

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Radio guys Andy Freed and Dave Wills will broadcast Wednesday’s game from seats in the stands in Section 104.

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“I definitely can tell you I’ve had no formal offers,” Shields repeats. “(Teams) have thrown a lot of things out there. But I’ve had no formal offers whatsoever.” [...]

“James Shields is going to take the ball every fifth day and he’s gonna give his team a chance to win!!” Price said in a text message. “He’s the guy that teaches all the young guys the right way to go about their business. It’s a joke to me he doesn’t have a job.”