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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Lou Gehrig Day

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MLB celebrates the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day, Team USA wins behind Joe Ryan, and Rob Refsnyder runs through a wall

Lou Gehrig Leans Against Wall

The Rays lost to the Yankees 5-3 in extras last night, mostly because you can win ‘em all. They square off again tonight on the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day, with Shane McClanahan going up against Jordan Montgomery. Game time is at 7:05 PM.

More on Lou Gehrig Day.

Oakland A’s outfielder Steve Piscotty played a big role in bringing this day into being.

In maybe an unfortunate bit of timing, MLB enters NFT world by selling an image of an iconic Gehrig moment.

From Topper, the Rays are sticking with struggling second baseman Brandon Lowe.

Bolts go up 2-0 against Carolina.

Team USA beat the DR in an Olympic qualifier. Rays prospect Joe Ryan got the start and pitched well.

Former Rays prospect Matthew Liberatore gets the ball today against Nicaragua.

I’m a little conflicted about how this next piece is getting covered. On one hand, good for Ronald Acuña, because doing an interview in something other than your main language is hard (especially when it’s English). It shows a lot of courage on his behalf. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with players doing interviews through a translator, mostly because doing them in not your main language is really hard.

In any case, good for Acuña!

Sports Illustrated on the Rays winning ways.

The New York Times on the Rays winning ways.

Heartwarming story on former Rays Alex Cobb.

The Mariners had a fun walk off, apparently from Nic Cage?

Former Ray Rob Refsnyder has been hitting well for the Twins. He’s been fielding well too, despite being pushed into emergency centerfield, a position he’d never played on any level until two weeks ago, due to numerous Twins injuries. None of that makes this play any less fun and funny to watch.

Sorry, Rob, we’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing — well, actually we are laughing at you. But only because it was so damn funny!

This is one of those rare clips that gets funnier the more you watch. It probably peaks at about seven viewings, but if you put it away and come back? It’s funny all over again. Well done, Rob! Please console yourself in the fact that you brought joy to the masses. And in all seriousness, we wish you best.

Jacob deGrom is the obvious headliner here. But take a look at who else is on the list.

MLB is looking to bring back pitcher limits, maybe at even fewer than the thirteen they instituted in 2020.

Mike Marshall, one time Cy Young winner, record holder for games pitched in a season (106), and uncle of Rays prospect Brett Honeywell, has passed away to 78.

Well, this sucks. Stephen Strasburg left last night’s game against the Braves early when his velocity tanked. Davy Martinez talked about it after the game.

Lastly, here’s a dog and a raccoon.