It was an up and down and up again week, as the Rays completed a four game sweep against the Royals, then lost the first two of a three game set in Boston before absolutely destroying the Sox in the series wrap. The 5-2 week allowed the Rays to pull into second in the division (7.5 behind the Yankees) and grab sole possession of the top Wild Card slot.
The schedule is kinda light this week. The Rays have an off day today before traveling to Miami for two games in a resumption of the Citrus Series, take another day off Thursday, then host New York with a chance to really make up some ground against the Yankees.
The Rays extended Tyler Glasnow!
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow and the Tampa Bay Rays are in agreement on a one-year, $25 million contract extension, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 26, 2022
Glasnow, 29, was set to reach free agency after the 2023 season. Rays will pay him $5.35 million next year as he returns from Tommy John surgery.
Glasnow reported to Durham to start his rehab in earnest. Topper wonders if McClanahan and Glasnow are MLB’s best starting duo.
Topper on the Rays U.N. lineup.
“It’s really cool to see how everybody works together in this clubhouse from different backgrounds,'' Rays GM Peter Bendix says.https://t.co/DxGUK5yQLS— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) August 27, 2022
Hey, you know how it looked like the Red Sox knew every pitch Jeffrey Springs threw before he threw it? Yeah about this.
“I was just allowing them to know what’s coming probably a little bit too much in the stretch, to be honest,” #Rays Springs said of rough 1st inning vs. #RedSox https://t.co/0B2tA3odkb— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 28, 2022
Christian Bethancourt has made a couple pitching appearances, and he probably will see some more time. Mostly because of this.
Christian Bethancourt, 60mph Slow Ball and 94mph Fastball, Overlay. pic.twitter.com/rd4klYMTmF— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 24, 2022
A nice piece from Kazuhiro Nakai on 150 years of Japanese baseball.
As a Japanese diplomat, I thank the Rays for celebrating 150 years of Japanese baseball | (Kazuhiro Nakai Guest Column) https://t.co/KtWVG1O7ua #mlb #npb— NPB on reddit (@NPB_Reddit) August 24, 2022
Adam Berry on the math behind the Rays rotation strategy.
David Laurila on players who grew up playing a different sport. Randy Arozarena and his brother Raiko make an appearance.
Sunday Notes: Jordan Romano Played Hockey, Randy Arozarena Played Soccer https://t.co/gNoA1mWW2w— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) August 28, 2022
Mic’d up Waino is the best Waino.
Adam Wainwright offered amazing insight during his mic'd-up bullpen session and MLB fans loved it https://t.co/qw9HWXeMvO— For The Win (@ForTheWin) August 29, 2022
Hawaii steamrolled their way through the Little League World Series by a combined score of 60-5. In the finals on Sunday, they mercy-ruled Curacao in just four innings to claim the title.
WORLD CHAMPIONS. AGAIN. Honolulu Little League completes one of the most supreme runs in LLWS history, capping a 6-0 run in Williamsport with a 13-3 victory over Curacao in the championship game: https://t.co/Z1tvKtgfcg— Christian Shimabuku (@c_shimabuku) August 28, 2022
Rod Carew is not known for being an outspoken person, not in his playing days and not in retirement. Which makes this story all the more fascinating.
Rod Carew has something to say on the state of baseball. And he said it to Rob Manfred. Story: https://t.co/TIR4g5YDd4— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 26, 2022
We’re all Rockies usher fans now.
shout out to the Rockies ushers for putting this man child in his place. Zack Hample remains the biggest dork on the planet. pic.twitter.com/f1rQgFXosB— Absolutely Hammered (@AH_Pod) August 26, 2022
The passion of Willy Adames.
Willy Adames has never lost his passion for baseball ➡️ https://t.co/JBL8WAiLZz— MLB (@MLB) August 23, 2022
(MLB x @CoronaUSA) pic.twitter.com/RWBxOVr3Wb
When the Yankees come to town this week, maybe we get to see old friend Anthony Banda?
The #Yankees sign left-handed reliever Anthony Banda and put him on their 26-man roster.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 28, 2022
This is cute.
Joe Ryan grew up a Giants fan and he told me facing Brandon Crawford last night, “it was hard not to smile.” He’s hoping to introduce himself to Crawford today.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 27, 2022
Around the League(s)
Are the minor leagues unionizing?
Why the MLBPA is pushing to unionize the minor leagues— Joon Lee (@joonlee) August 29, 2022
"The time is now because major league and minor league players let us know the time is now"https://t.co/EVUoTC47mq
Ichiro was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on a weekend that had a little bit of everything.
Over Ichiro’s 16-minute speech, entirely in English, he thanks the fans and the Mariners’ organization -- then he shared a message with the 2022 team. https://t.co/BXcxOTYYP2— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) August 28, 2022
Fernando Tatis speaks to his teammates, the press.
“I have seen how my dreams have turned into my worst nightmares."— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 24, 2022
Before addressing the media, Fernando Tatis Jr. hosted a 15- to 20-minute players-only meeting with Padres teammates. He was remorseful and, they believe, honest. He also asked for help. https://t.co/bowGX2zZ7a
Justin Verlander was pulled after three innings on Sunday.
Dusty Baker said Justin Verlander hurt his calf while covering first base on a play in the third inning. Verlander came off the field and immediately told the Astros about the injury. He is getting imaging done Monday and more will be known about his prognosis then.— Danielle Lerner (@danielle_lerner) August 28, 2022
Dan Szymborski on the massive Julio Rodriguez extension.
ICYMI, I wrote about the Julio Rodriguez extension up on @FanGraphs.https://t.co/6FRqLQdfrz— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) August 27, 2022
Jesse Rogers on Albert Pujols.
Spoke to those that know him best about the run he's on.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 26, 2022
Do you think he gets to 700 this year? (DeJong thinks he can catch Babe Ruth if he keeps playing)
Story here :
'He's the GOAT': What it's like watching Albert Pujols become Albert Pujols again https://t.co/0QO5LIwfcU
Hey, who wants to chip in and buy the Angels with me?
Today, Angels Baseball announced that the Organization has initiated a formal process to evaluate strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the team. pic.twitter.com/ZdQb34V4Ns— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 23, 2022
Baltimore fun fact. pic.twitter.com/B3LvF3RiSc— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 26, 2022
I know this is supposed be Molina and Wainright, but all I see is somebody getting robbed at gun point in STL. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/cmEU1LuT9v— Low-def Blues (@low_defBlues) August 27, 2022
Josh Reddick is a Savannah Banana?
Josh Reddick makes a ridiculous catch in right field for the Savannah Bananas— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 28, 2022
yes that Josh Reddick pic.twitter.com/KMCpRzNrXw
Missed this one last week. Jose Alvarado with the elite hustle!
Never saw this before in a half-century watching baseball. Great hustle by Jose Alvarado! pic.twitter.com/olDR1k30v0— PHILLIES BELL (@philliesbell) August 21, 2022
Derek Jeter, eat your heart out.
talk about going for it— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 28, 2022
: @GoSquirrels pic.twitter.com/leGfcBLgri
Hurry back, Ozzie.
This is still funny pic.twitter.com/hGlihWepJK— Baseball (@mlbelites_) August 27, 2022
One person the Rays won’t be seeing this week is is Aroldis Chapman, and for the dumbest reason possible.
Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees placed LHP Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to 8/24) with an infected wound from a recent tattoo.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 27, 2022
Look, it’s the anti-Hample!
He knew exactly what to do with that baseball pic.twitter.com/f9emiRabNa— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 25, 2022
Look at these good doggos.
What a great baseball team ⚾️— Stefano S. Magi (@myworld2121) August 24, 2022
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Dave and Andy have had enough.
Dave and Andy have had enough of the foul balls flying in the booth— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 28, 2022