The Rays lost to the Red Sox last night to fall below .500. While it was an ugly, sloppy game, Tyler Glasnow once again turned in a solid outing, frequently flashing his new slider. Travis Sawchik from The Score on Glasnow’s new weapon.
The Rays kept their Kevins in balance as they sorted out how to handle KK’s quad injury. They placed Kiermaier on the 10-day IL and called up Kevin Padlo.
Topper on the newest Ray:
The persistent headaches that bothered Kevin Padlo last spring seem to have subsided, and the Rays made the infielder feel even better Tuesday, promoting him to the big leagues. #Rays #RaysUp https://t.co/s4uh813YAy— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) April 7, 2021
The Rays also claimed catcher Deivy Grullon from the Reds and moved Chaz Roe to the 60-day IL.
Also, the Rays claimed catcher Deivy Grullón off waivers from the Reds. To make room on the 40-man roster, Chaz Roe (strained right shoulder) was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL.— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) April 6, 2021
Adam Berry of mlb dot com on Randy’s sensational work with the glove on Monday. (We’re not gonna talk about what he did last night.)
"I knew if I just ran hard, I’d be able to make the catch."— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) April 6, 2021
Randy Arozarena turned in an early candidate for catch of the year last night, the highlight of an otherwise rough game for the Rays: https://t.co/vGxMb3q3lS
This was fun:
Between the legs, into catcher's mitt? Yup!— Zack (@QueensIceZ) April 7, 2021
Sent with the @MLB app. #MLB. https://t.co/7z9BJGOVsY
Angel Hernandez was extra Angel Hernandez-y yesterday.
Yesterday, Umpire Angel Hernandez was responsible for the worst called game of the season so far. He missed 24 calls with a correct call percentage of only 83.2%.— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) April 7, 2021
These called strikeouts to @ABREG_1 and @Machete1224 were two of his worst.@Astros v @Angels pic.twitter.com/n194czS0Bk
All of Angel Hernandez’s “questionable” calls from the Astros/Angels game, April 6, 2021.— Apollo Media (@ApolloHOU) April 6, 2021
Enough is enough.#ForTheH #WeBelieve pic.twitter.com/gqyLkxfLNS
It’s official. Colorado will host this year’s All Star Game.
MLB makes it official: Colorado will host the All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/5eEnGcxydn— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) April 6, 2021
Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal at the Athletic have more on Manfred’s decision to pull the game from Atlanta.
Rob Manfred is a registered Republican. But the list of external critics from within his party has grown long. With @Ken_Rosenthal https://t.co/3Pir8Uvd9t— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) April 6, 2021
Kevin Goldstein at Fangraphs with a fun piece on fastball shape.
The Mets outdid themselves in undermining Jake deGrom on Monday. The Mets ace threw six shutout innings, and even collected a couple hits and an RBI in support of his own cause. But the pen blew it up in the eighth, allowing five runs and leading to a 5-3 loss to the Phillies. And sure, yes yes, I know I know, pitcher wins are a dumb stat, yada yada, etc., etc. But look at this:
Career ERA in no-decisions (thru 2020, though this includes relief appearances).— Tangotiger (@tangotiger) April 6, 2021
Felix is another really hard-luck case, with his ND ERA 0.50 runs below his career ERA.@baseball_ref https://t.co/dZeXFYHuZ4 https://t.co/7TH0ef0pOJ pic.twitter.com/qFaoNf65eL
Meanwhile, old friend Matt Moore looked electric the first time through the order. After that, not so much, but still! It’s a better universe when Matt Moore is dealing in it.
Welcome back, Matt Moore!— Inside Edge (@IE_MLB) April 5, 2021
Moore has 4 Ks through 2 innings.#RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/KQbbydGL4d
Angels fans letting the Astros know they haven’t forgotten. But where does one get an inflatable trash can?
Angels fans threw an inflated Trashcan onto the field in Anaheim— ♠ ᴋɪɴɢ ꜰʀᴀɴᴋɪᴇ ♠ (@FrankiesTwoLoud) April 6, 2021
I’m generally against throwing the ball back, but this is an exception.
Jose Altuve just hit a foul ball ... and a fan threw it back— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) April 6, 2021
There’s a new star in Detroit by the name of Akil Baddoo. He’s a Rule 5 pick from the Twins, and he’s making the jump from A ball to, well, doing stuff like this in The Show:
.@AkilBaddoo ARE YOU SERIOUS?!— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 4, 2021
He homers on the first pitch of his MLB career. pic.twitter.com/JKI5goelHQ
Grand slam No. 1 for @AkilBaddoo. pic.twitter.com/eClXXfnMdW— MLB (@MLB) April 5, 2021
Akil Baddoo walk-off single!— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 6, 2021
He's on the map for Rookie of the Year pic.twitter.com/KVmAGl8sI6
How can you not be romantic about baseball.
Bally Sports spellchecker is still working out the kinks.
omg pic.twitter.com/7mDzDGK2DJ— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) April 5, 2021
In COVID news, the Nats — who had their opening series against the Mets cancelled as well as the first game of their Braves tilt — made a slew of roster moves before Tuesday’s game. Which ... well, that’s never good.
Nationals announce a flurry of roster moves. These players head for the IL with no reason given:— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 6, 2021
Alex Avila, Josh Bell, Patrick Corbin, Yan Gomes, Brad Hand, Josh Harrison, Jon Lester, Jordy Mercer & Kyle Schwarber.
So they start without their C, LF, 2B, 1B, closer & 2 starters
Fernando Tatis is also on the IL after injuring himself on a swing and a miss.
Tatís goes down after a swing. Non contact injuries are always scary. Hopefully its not too bad pic.twitter.com/jSRR96tUAe— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) April 6, 2021
Update from the clubhouse: Fernando Tatis Jr. left tonight’s game with a left shoulder subluxation. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 6, 2021
Trent Rosecrans on Nick Castellanos’ tone deaf suspension.
MLB claims to want emotion, but tone deaf Nick Castellanos suspension shows that’s just talkhttps://t.co/OY2VWLlLhf— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 6, 2021
Boston is getting a specialty uniform in the new City Connect series. And while the scheme looks kinda Raysie, the color and design is actually a nod to the Boston Marathon. It will be worn on Patriot Day.
BREAKING: Boston #RedSox release new yellow jersey as Nike and MLB launch their new "City Connect" uniform series— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) April 6, 2021
Pics, details, and my chat with Nike and the Red Sox about it right here: https://t.co/NpETIdNR3j pic.twitter.com/WAvUkhJSht
Old friend Mike Montgomery is going to the Yankees.
Source: Free-agent pitcher Mike Montgomery in agreement with the New York Yankees, pending physical.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) April 5, 2021
Also going to the Yankees is Rougned Odor, who was DFA’d by the Rangers last week.
The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired INF Rougned Odor and cash considerations from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league outfielders Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) April 6, 2021
Finally, some floof for a pallet cleanse.
Ever seen a #floof activate her four-wheel drive in a #snowstorm ? #wthapril #dogsoftwitter #snow pic.twitter.com/p9CsJoOIz6— Choupette of many beds... (@mydogchoupette) April 6, 2021