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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Another Day, Another Comeback

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Randy returns, Yarbs is out, and beloved bad players

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays scored seven unanswered runs last night to rally past the Boston Renfroes 8-4. Coupled with a Yankee loss to the Royals, the win widened the Rays lead in the division to 5 and 7 games, respectively, with the Blue Jays still hanging around at 7.5 games back.

Here’s a cool stat:

Unfortunately, Ji-Man Choi injured his hamstring during his game tying double, forcing him to leave the game. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Randy Arozarena returned from the COVID IL list. If you are the praying kind, keep his wife in your thoughts. Though she is feeling better, she is still in the hospital with COVID.

Though the Rays got Arozarena back, the lost Yarborough to the COVID list.

DJ Johnson also hit the IL after his scary shoulder injury over the weekend.

Our own Ashley MacLennan has a fun read over at Fangraphs. Rays legend Dan Johnson clearly heads the list in Tampa Bay.

Title odds from BRef.

Post season urgency rankings from Will Lietch.

Molly Knight on the trials of Cody Bellinger.

Evan Longoria compares the 2021 Giants to the 2008 Rays.

At Fangraphs, five AAA starters who could be up soon. Shane Baz (and former future Rays Joe Ryan) make an appearance.

The Yankees farm has the second best record in MiLB. I wonder who’s in first?

MLB is reportedly looking into a partnership with Barstool to livestream games. The focus would be on betting.

Ella Bruning has a cannon.

Hockey lost a legend with the passing of Tony Esposito.

Palate cleanser: