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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays fall out of first place

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Following their series loss, the Rays are a half game out of first place

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays fell yesterday afternoon, thanks to a bullpen implosion as the trio of Adam Kolarek, Chaz Roe, and Colin Poche teamed up to surrender four runs in the eighth inning, to allow the Oakland Athletics to take a 6-2 lead and eventual victory.

Kolarek allowed a leadoff single, Roe managed a strikeout but walked two hitters, and then Poche yielded the grand slam that sealed the Rays fate.

Offensively, the Rays hit the ball hard but had little to show for it. Yandy Diaz had the lone extra base hit, a 7th inning double that brought home Guillermo Heredia. The Rays tied the game thanks to a bases loaded infield single from Avisail Garcia.

Yonny Chirinos was excellent again as he allowed just two runs on seven hits, striking out seven and walking one over his six innings of work.

News and Links

  • The Rays look to be making a couple of roster moves as they reportedly optioning INF Christian Arroyo to Triple-A and are going to activate 2B Joey Wendle off of the 10-day IL. RHP Andrew Kittredge has also been added to the taxi squad.

Charlie Morton garnering some attention

Brandon Lowe garnering some attention

James Click goes on the Executive Access podcast

Wander Franco is now ranked as the 2nd best prospect in all of baseball

The Rays outfield is ranked 5th