The Rays won their fifth in a row last night, knocking off the Orioles 13-6. The did it behind three run shots from Phillips and Meadows, and two run shots from Zunino, Zunino again, and Choi. They play again tonight at 7:05 PM. Yarbrough gets the start again John Means.
The Rays made some moves after the game, sending down Kevin Padlo.
Just to recap, #Rays after game sent down Padlo, which seems to open the spot for Kiermaier to come off IL. They expect Reed to go on IL with more finger numbness, would think Head or Richards (who threw 1 inning tonight for Durham) most likely to get called up.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 19, 2021
Some attendance news, but the good kind.
#Rays are expected to announce several changes: Starting with the next homestand, fully vaccinated fans won't have to wear masks. Starting June 8, Trop capacity will be increased to 20,000.https://t.co/ybrGIDdSJj— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 18, 2021
The Ice Rays took game two against the Panthers, giving them a 2-0 series lead.
BOLTS WIN GAME 2! @TBLightning lead the series 2-0 after the 3-1 win over the Panthers! #FLAvsTBL#NHLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/poVF7GbWh4— Bally Sports Sun: Lightning (@BallyLightning) May 19, 2021
The Tigers Spencer Turnbull threw a no hitter (ho-hum) against the Mariners.
SPENCER TURNBULL NO-HITS THE MARINERS ⚾️— ESPN (@espn) May 19, 2021
Eighth no-hitter in Tigers history and the second time in two weeks the M's have been no-hit. pic.twitter.com/cRQGWT8dmf
In related news:
Lost amid the Spencer Turnbull history: Blake Snell completed 6 innings in a game for the first time since July 21, 2019— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) May 19, 2021
Tommy Hunter recorded his first big league hit.
"I needed this"— SNY (@SNYtv) May 19, 2021
Tommy Hunter found "fulfillment" in his first career hit tonight pic.twitter.com/ldvrrqAKNh
But honestly, what everybody was taking about yesterday was Tony LaRussa throwing Yermin Mercedes under the bus for the crime of hitting a home run. There is A LOT to read on Twitter if you are so inclined, but Stephanie Apstein has a nice summary if you want the down and dirty.
After White Sox DH Yermín Mercedes's home run late in a blowout win, manager Tony La Russa said "We were taught from day one: Respect the game." But what did he really mean?@stephapstein explains ⬇️ https://t.co/3nNnpteyOS— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 19, 2021
On Monday, Kevin Pillar was drilled in the face by a 95 mph heater from Atlanta’s Jacob Webb. It left him with multiple nasal fractures.
Tim Beckham made a return to Durham. It did not go well.
Intended this to be simple pic of former overall #1 pick @RaysBaseball #TimBeckham’s return to the #DBAP,facing @DurhamBulls for which he starred in 249g— Patrick Kinas (@PatrickKinas) May 18, 2021
However,Beckham called for a strike before 1st pitch for delay, grounded out, then ejected in B2
That’s about right#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/VhzeHz4Gz1
Steve Carney on where Yoshi stands among Tampa Bay free agent disappointments. There is a lot of competition.
Where Does Yoshi Stand With All The Disappointments? https://t.co/KjqGAVOJIf #Rays— St. Pete Nine (@SaintPeteNine) May 17, 2021
Former Rays prospect Jake Hager debuted for the Mets against the Rays over this past weekend. He penned a nice tribute to everyone who helped him along the way.
Heartfelt words from Jake Hager, a top 2011 #Rays draft pick who made it to big leagues today and debuted at Trop - against #Rays: https://t.co/kYbEZdeG6l— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 16, 2021
An interesting piece by the Athletic’s Eno Sarris on bats.
Pirates legend Rennie Stennett passed away yesterday. He was a member of the first ever all-Black starting lineup in 1971.
We are saddened to relay the news that a beloved member of the Pirates family, Rennie Stennett, passed this morning at the age of 72.— Pirates (@Pirates) May 18, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stennett family as we join in their grief. pic.twitter.com/K7ao9X0DEY
Mike Trout goes on the IL.
Mike Trout To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Calf Strain https://t.co/k7Vk6xdmha pic.twitter.com/sOVoV4J1AY— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) May 18, 2021
A funny piece from the Onion, you say? That’ll make a nice pallet cleanse.
Shohei Ohtani Regrets Not Researching Which Teams Were Good Before Signing With Angels https://t.co/gzrD1CpJbK pic.twitter.com/yukL03KnY5— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 18, 2021