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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: Let Tyler Hit!

More cuts, Kevin Cash dodges Glasnow’s calls, and a new Kiermaier arrives,

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays dropped a 4-3 decision yesterday, but who cares? Let’s get to real baseball.

Trevor Richards pitched. He did not impress John Romano.

Chaz Roe also pitched He looked good! Just ask Taylin!

Tyler Glasnow really wants to hit to get ready for the season opener in Miami. Kevin Cash is ... less enthusiastic.

At 39, Tyler Glasnow makes the back half of the ESPN top 50. (Blake Snell also on the list at 36.)

Meanwhile, three Rays show up in ESPN’s 51-100 (Brandon Lowe (54), Randy Arozarena (71) and Austin Meadows (100)).

There’s a new Kiermaier! With an unusual name! Congrats, KK and Marisa!

We talked about this one a lot in the masthead Slack. I’ll not poison the waterhole with our disparate takes. But if nothing else, this piece could generate conversation.

More cuts. Somehow, David Hess isn’t one of them.

The sugar high of Honeywell’s return to the mound has probably worn off. So here’s one more clip to dream on.

Get your vote in here!

This is a pretty great graphic. Extra credit for “getting hired by the Rays.”

For those of you wondering what the WWE was going to do once Rays baseball kicks back into gear at the Trop, it looks like Raw and Smackdown will be relocating to the USF Yuengling Center.

20 years ago yesterday...

New stats at Fangraphs!

How can you not be romantic about baseball?

Old friend alert:

Yates wasn’t the only injury the last couple days. Also going down were Robbie Ray, George Springer, Kyle Freeland, Zac Gallen, Khris Davis, and Fernando Tatis Jr.

Okay, so he doesn’t exactly come out and say it. But can we all agree that Trevor Bauer would be the least surprising anti-vaxer in baseball?

The curious case of Jake deGrom’s increasing velocity.

Finally, for your mid-week palate cleanse, don’t tell me this little doggo isn’t an athlete!