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.
Ji-Man Choi, who tied tonight's game with a pinch-hit two-run double, left with soreness in his left hamstring. #Rays— Steve Carney (@stevecarney) August 11, 2021
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.
The #Rays Randy Arozarena explained he feels fine, but his wife & daughter tested positive for COVID. Since Arozarena's wife is 8 months pregnant she was hospitalized. Arozarena says she is feeling better and had someone with her, and he felt comfortable rejoining the team now.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) August 10, 2021
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.
Kevin Cash said that RHP DJ Johnson is getting second opinions on his shoulder injury, and that it appeas to be pretty severe and he'll miss significant time. #Rays— Steve Carney (@stevecarney) August 10, 2021
Our own Ashley MacLennan has a fun read over at Fangraphs. Rays legend Dan Johnson clearly heads the list in Tampa Bay.
Why Do We Love “Bad” Players? https://t.co/mYAQZvroMi— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) August 9, 2021
Title odds from BRef.
Title Odds :— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) August 10, 2021
White Sox 8.3%
Blue Jays 6.3%
Red Sox 3.0%
All other teams below 0.1% https://t.co/oCOudnqwxP
Post season urgency rankings from Will Lietch.
Molly Knight on the trials of Cody Bellinger.
Cody Bellinger was the NL MVP two years ago. Now he's staring down being a platoon player for the rest of the season. What happened, and what happens next: https://t.co/rEVPTdj3WC— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) August 10, 2021
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.
RotoGraphs: 5 AAA Starters Who Could Be Up Soon https://t.co/KNyXUzSovv— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) August 10, 2021
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.
We are heartbroken to have lost a legend in Tony Esposito, who passed away today after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.#TonyO ❤️— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) August 10, 2021