Lucas Duda and Corey Dickerson homered in the first two innings and Chris Archer struck out 10 for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
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Eight teams are battling for the last playoff spot in the AL. Here are reasons to care about each, including L.A. and Texas, who face off tonight.
MLB teams put division rivalries and playoff races on hold to celebrate Monday's solar eclipse.
Sunday's longest home runs
Kevin Kiermaier came out with a bang in just his third game off the DL, pacing the competition with a 443-foot leadoff home run. Jesus Aguilar hit a blast that traveled over 440 feet for the second day in a row, while Cheslor Cuthbert's homer was his second of the season and first since April 8.
Blake Snell allowed only two hits in seven innings for his second consecutive win following a long drought, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-0 on Sunday.
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Now that Aaron Hicks is playing every day, it can be said that every AL East team has a superb defensive center fielder. Feel free to rank them: Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox), Hicks (Yankees), Adam Jones (Orioles), Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays) and, when healthy, Kevin Kiermaier (Rays).
Injuries have slowed Kevin Kiermaier down this year, but even playing about half the innings, he still elevates the Rays to the elite tier.
Rays place rookie P on DL
The Tampa Bay Rays have placed rookie pitcher Jacob Faria on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain. Tampa Bay announced the roster move, which is retroactive to Aug. 17, before Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Rays ace Chris Archer will move up one spot in the rotation and replace Faria as Tuesday's scheduled starter against the Toronto Blue Jays. Faria, 24, is 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 starts for Tampa Bay this season. The right-hander has 77 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings.
Mitch Haniger hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz added his 31st home run and the Seattle Mariners rolled to their fourth straight win Saturday night, a 7-6 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays.
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How cold have the Tampa Bay Rays' batters been since the All-Star break (hitting .214 over that span)? Entering Saturday, there were 12 pitchers with at least 10 plate appearances this season who have a batting average better than .214.
Nelson Cruz hit two doubles and his 30th home run Friday night and Erasmo Ramirez won his first game for the Seattle Mariners since April 1, 2014, a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kiermaier back in lineup
The Rays activated OF Kevin Kiermaier (fractured hip) from the 60-day disabled list on Friday and optioned OF Mallex Smith to Triple-A Durham in a corresponding roster move. Kiermaier missed more than two months of action with the injury.
Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson added two solo blasts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday.
Tony Dungy helped lead a charge to pay to move a Confederate statue from in front of a Tampa, Florida, courthouse.
Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 innings, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Year of the long ball
MLB fans have been treated to a season full of hitters showing off their power at the plate. The influx of home runs has put the Astros, Nationals and a few other teams on pace to shatter their respective franchise records for HRs hit in a single season.
Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Wilson Ramos added a solo shot and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game skid.
Josh Donaldson homered for the second consecutive game, Nick Tepesch won for the first time in almost three years and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Monday night.
Rays recall Whitley, option Alvarado
The Tampa Bay Rays recalled RHP Chase Whitley from Triple-A Durham on Monday to replace LHP Jose Alvarado, who was optioned Sunday.
ESPN Stats and Information's Mark Simon examines the wild-card chances for the Rays, Twins, Angels, Orioles, Royals and Mariners.
Austin Jackson led off the eighth inning with a home run, sending Corey Kluber and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians over the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Sunday.
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The Rays were shut out for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday, scoring an average of one run per game over that stretch. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that this is the first time that a team has been shut out five times in an eight-game span in a single season since the 2012 Dodgers from June 25th to July 2nd. It's the first time this has happened in the American League since the 1978 Athletics from June 10th to 17th.