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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: Finishing August in Style

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Rays extend their lead over the Yankees to eight games as the calendar turns to September

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays knocked off the Red Sox 8-5 at the Trop last night in a very sloppy game — for the Red Sox, that is. The Rays simply took advantage of Boston’s sloppy play and did what good teams do. Coupled with another Yankees loss to the Angels, and the Rays finish August eight games ahead of their closest competitor.

Topper on the Rays rolling into September.

Someone left a present for Brett Phillips.

Reliever David Robertson will be joining the Rays today as rosters expand...by two.

The Slegend is coming home!

A really good podcast from Neil Solondz. Talked about working on baserunning and teaching players to read the situation to be able to take the extra base, mentioned Mike Zunino as a surprisingly good base runner despite lack of speed, amongst other juicy tidbits.

John Romano on Willy Adames, and why you shouldn’t fret that he’s doing well in Milwaukee.

This is fun.

Also after scoring the winning run, apparently Baez lost his earring. This led to an thorough scouring of the home plate area. Among the search party was Mets President Sandy Alderson.

The Onion reporting on the Mets “thumbsgate.”

Obvious shirt is obvious.

FWIW, Baez and Lindor both offered apologies.

John Smoltz and Al Leiter will not be appearing in the MLB Network studios.

The Red Sox, already in the middle of a COVID outbreak, pulled shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the second inning for a positive test.

Evan Drellich of the Athletic on MLB’s blackout policy and the streaming future of baseball.

What could have been a very ugly brawl in Sunday’s AAA Lehigh Valley / Scranton Wilkes-Barre game was short circuiting by an excellent take down and de-escalation by catcher Tyler Heineman.

Jeff Passan with the latest Trevor Bauer news.

Palate cleanser:

Go Rays!