Ordinarily a 4-1 week would be cause for celebration. But this past week feels a bit like a lost opportunity. The Rays took two from Miami, then took the first two from the Yankees. But a 2-1 loss on Sunday made the Rays quest to run down the New York for first in the division a good bit more unlikely. And it stands now, the Rays are five back of the Yankees (four in the loss column) for the division lead, and hold the second Wild Card spot one back of the Mariners and one ahead of the Blue Jays.
In a make-or-break week, the Rays host the Red Sox for three beginning this afternoon at four, then take a day off on Thursday before traveling to New York for a crucial three game set against the Yankees.
The Rays recall Luis Patiño to start today’s game against the Red Sox. To make room, Matt Wisler was DFA’d.
In case you didn’t know, Taylor Walls is really good with the glove. For example:
Spin is back.
Yes, spin is back up after the sticky stuff breakdown, and @No_Little_Plans shows it wonderfully here. https://t.co/9Plz7SAx0X I wouldn't call it "all the way back" so I assume that new substance is a) clear and b) easily wiped off the hand. I'd bet that caps the RPM benefit.— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) August 30, 2022
There are burns. And then there is this.
Find somebody who looks at you like Joey Votto looks at baseball.
Is this the future of baseball?
The system was very fast, around 5-10 seconds for each challenge.— Josh Suchon (@Josh_Suchon) September 1, 2022
The videoboard here at Constellation Field showed the location. All the players turned around to see for themselves the precise location.
Only 1 hitter used a challenge. The other 12 were by pitcher/catcher.
We did it! We found a bigger jackass than Zack Hample!
This Royals fan made a nice catch of a Juan Soto home run, then was robbed of the souvenir. https://t.co/QyvAX30Ujt— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) August 29, 2022
We’re all pulling for you, Austin.
Our own Brian Menéndez at BPro.
Tricia talks with Joey Wendle.
Tony LaRussa is on an indefinite leave of absence. Original Devil Ray Miguel Cairo is taking the reins of the White Sox.
Tony La Russa is out indefinitely as he undergoes further testing. Miguel Cairo remains acting manager pic.twitter.com/b28xvNqYUM— James Fegan (@JRFegan) August 31, 2022
So This Happened
Two people were escorted out of the Blue Jays game after getting caught having sex pic.twitter.com/z7CBTxRpQ7— 6ixBuzzTV (@6ixbuzztv) August 30, 2022
How can you not be romantic about baseball? I dunno, maybe ask Mark, who isn’t going to be getting romantic about anything any time soon.
The Milwaukee Brewers stand with Mark. pic.twitter.com/QWkcYOrPzd— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 30, 2022
It’s okay, Blue. This happens to me at least once a week at work during a Teams meeting.
This umpire on a hot mic:— Welcome to the Ump Show (@umpjob) August 31, 2022
"After review... ooh, shit." pic.twitter.com/c1HzgiJ1q5
You know this is you.
Can I get a do-over?
He changed his mind.. pic.twitter.com/8EYy191fLD— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) September 5, 2022
Happy Labor Day to all who labor. Go Rays!