What a great weekend! The Rays hosted the (formerly) first place Boston Red Sox, and pulled off a three game sweep to claim the top spot for themselves. Next up is a three game set against Seattle beginning tonight at the Trop.
Brett Phillips was mic’d up in a very entertaining Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.
.@Brett_Phillips8 just wants his mom to see him play. pic.twitter.com/U9iGDiz6ys— MLB (@MLB) August 1, 2021
Topper on Collin McHugh’s status.
#Rays McHugh (arm fatigue) said bullpen session went well, hopes return time from here is short, plans to be on next road trip that starts Friday in Baltimore but acknowledged team will decide when he’s ready to be active— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 1, 2021
John Romano is iffy about the Rays starters.
#Rays felt they made the right move in not adding starting pitching by deadline. Our @romano_tbtimes has his doubts https://t.co/pWA3c22LGO— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 1, 2021
Jeffrey Springs goes to the IL with a sprained knee, which is a much better outcome than anticipated.
Jeffrey Springs told us that the MRI he had on his right knee showed the best-case scenario, and he feels he could be back on the mound in 2-4 weeks. #Rays— Steve Carney (@stevecarney) August 1, 2021
Topper with more on Springs.
“I’m glad it wasn’t worse than what it is,’’ Springs says of his right-knee sprain sustained Saturday against the Red Sox.https://t.co/NOCPucHyzA— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) August 2, 2021
Newly acquired RP DJ Johnson was called up to take Springs spot in the pen. Homin Lee on the new guy.
The recent #Rays acquisition, DJ. Johnson, is not a sexy name, but an interesting.— Homin Lee (@Homein22) July 31, 2021
-His curveball mirros fastball.
-Both of pitch's vertical movement are elite
-Fastball VM vs AVG 2.2 (Hill 2.4)
-Curvall VM vs AVG 7.3 (Glasnow 7.1) (1/5) pic.twitter.com/7qv4FE6pKH
Bad news on Chris Archer.
The #Rays were hoping for Chris Archer to go 5 IP/75 pitches today for the @DurhamBulls in Norfolk.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) August 1, 2021
However, the #Rays say Archer was removed after 1 IP/31 pitches due to left hip soreness. The #Rays say Archer couldn’t get his footing on the mound so it was precautionary.
If you didn’t already love Tyler…
Dear US Women’s Gymnastics,— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 30, 2021
These Olympics reinforce the fact that you guys are the toughest athletes on the planet, mentally or physically. Good luck in Tokyo and go USA #SincerelyYours, Tyler Glasnow pic.twitter.com/mAjrmNldDp
A trip down memory lane. Four years ago yesterday, Evan Longoria hit for the cycle.
On this day in #Rays history, Evan Longoria hit for the cycle! #raysup #mlb pic.twitter.com/4es0mZmZX9— Sebastian Alvarez (@castlehill814) August 1, 2021
Sarah Langs on what it means to lead the division on August 1st.
What does it mean to lead the division on Aug. 1? @SlangsOnSports ran the numbers. https://t.co/Wu3O7dWkJ8— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 1, 2021
Nick Groke has the Trevor Story story.
Trevor Story, frustrated and confused, pulled himself from the lineup after Friday's trade deadline. And the Rockies have another isolated star: https://t.co/K4F4mG2jM5— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) August 1, 2021
The Mets did not sign their top draft pick Kumar Rocker.
The New York Mets and Kumar Rocker, their first-round pick, did not come to an agreement on a deal. The Mets will get the 11th pick in the 2022 draft as compensation. Rocker will forgo returning to Vanderbilt and begin his pro career. He is now draft-eligible for 2022.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2021
Wait. So there really was a raccoon?
there is currently a raccoon stuck in the area by the #mets bullpen. carlos carrasco and aaron loup are part of the effort to remove it pic.twitter.com/BMDPoNygvD— uɐʎɹ sı ǝɯɐu ʎɯ (@_RF30) August 1, 2021
Padres star Fernando Tatis hit the IL after reaggravating his shoulder injury on an awkward slide into third.
Tatis, Paddack, Crismatt, Diaz, Knehr, Marisnick, Strahm -- lots to update here:https://t.co/Qs8IIX7hJK— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 1, 2021
Slate has the story of Mary Shane, the first woman major league announcer.
The NHL may have a gambling scandal brewing.
BREAKING: The NHL said it will investigate an allegation made by Evander Kane’s wife that the San Jose Sharks forward bet on his own games and intentionally tanked for gambling profit. Kane, 29, is three seasons into a $49 million, seven-year contract. https://t.co/p27TZRVoht— The Associated Press (@AP) July 31, 2021
Finally, for your palate cleanse, this is the sweetest, most heartwarming Castellanos moment you’ll ever see.
“hope we don’t get Nick Castellanos’d and somebody hits a home run to tie the game right now”— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 1, 2021