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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Local Stingray in Great Mood

The Rays move into first after sweeping the Red Sox, Springs to the IL, Mets do not sign Kumar Rocker

Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

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.

Topper on Collin McHugh’s status.

John Romano is iffy about the Rays starters.

Jeffrey Springs goes to the IL with a sprained knee, which is a much better outcome than anticipated.

Topper with more on Springs.

Newly acquired RP DJ Johnson was called up to take Springs spot in the pen. Homin Lee on the new guy.

Bad news on Chris Archer.

If you didn’t already love Tyler…

A trip down memory lane. Four years ago yesterday, Evan Longoria hit for the cycle.

Sarah Langs on what it means to lead the division on August 1st.

Nick Groke has the Trevor Story story.

The Mets did not sign their top draft pick Kumar Rocker.

Wait. So there really was a raccoon?

Padres star Fernando Tatis hit the IL after reaggravating his shoulder injury on an awkward slide into third.

Slate has the story of Mary Shane, the first woman major league announcer.

The NHL may have a gambling scandal brewing.

Finally, for your palate cleanse, this is the sweetest, most heartwarming Castellanos moment you’ll ever see.