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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Wander Franco starts a triple play

Rays notch a win and a couple ties over the weekend. Also, first cuts, and a Meadows extension?

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In split squad action on Saturday, the Rays beat the Orioles 1-0 and tied the Braves 1-1. The Braves game featured a triple play started by Wander Franco.

Sadly, there is no video. But here’s one of the five strikeouts Joe Ryan had on the day,

On Sunday, the Rays notched another tie, 2-2 against Pittsburgh. Here’s a triple by Yandy Diaz.

The Rays also made their first round of cuts on Sunday.

More News and Links

Pitcher Tyler Glasnow said his representatives had initial talks with the Rays. Shortstop Willy Adames and pitcher Ryan Yarbrough said they have not had any yet this spring, but would be open to talk if approached. Pitcher Yonny Chirinos is another potential candidate.

... the Pirates prioritized their own comfortability or belief that what they were doing was right over the individual needs of a pitcher. Glasnow fared markedly better at the top of the strike zone but was basically forced to be something he’s not.

And this on their lack of analytics:

“There wasn’t any advanced stuff,” Glasnow said. “There was nothing. I could go maybe check my spin on a computer, but it was very much like, ‘Don’t worry about that, go and compete. I think a lot of it was, when in doubt, kind of do the inside, downhill-and-down stuff.

“I think they were behind the times on that.”