Mike Zunino, Ji-Man Choi and the Rays had a night to remember on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida, as their 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins gave Tampa Bay its second consecutive American League East title.
— In a division loaded with big-budget teams, this is becoming a familiar picture: the Tampa Bay Rays gathering on the mound, posing for a photo as AL East champions.
— Ryan Yarbrough allowed two hits over six innings of splendid relief and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 8-0 on Friday night to close in on another AL East title.
Rays rookie Wander Franco was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday after missing two weeks with a right hamstring injury.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki was suspended three games and manager Charlie Montoyo one as the result of the reliever plunking the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier on Wednesday night.
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was hit by a pitch on Wednesday as the scouting-card drama continued to percolate in the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.
— Hit by a pitch two days after scooping up a Toronto scouting report and setting off a flap, Kevin Kiermaier hopes to see the Blue Jays in the playoffs.
— Rookie Alek Manoah rebounded from early control issues to last six innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night to improve to a major league-best 16-4 in September.
Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier took a Toronto data card to the Rays' dugout during a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Monday, adding drama to an intense rivalry that continued Tuesday with a 4-2 Toronto win that allowed the Blue Jays to move past the controversy.
— Shane Baz pitched two-hit ball for five innings to win his major league debut and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays cut Toronto's lead in the wild-card chase, holding off the Blue Jays 6-4 on Monday night.
— Wily Peralta gave up three hits in seven innings, and Eric Haase and Dustin Garneau homered for the Detroit Tigers in a 2-0 win over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
— Jeimer Candelario and Dustin Garneau homered to lead the Detroit Tigers over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Saturday.
The Rays placed center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on the COVID-19-related IL due to general illness symptoms and purchased the contract of right-hander Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Durham before Saturday's game against Detroit.
— Brett Phillips hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Friday night.
— Yandy Díaz hit a leadoff home run and Mike Zunino later connected, reliever Dietrich Enns pitched four solid innings and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Thursday night.
— Bo Bichette homered and matched his career-high with five RBI, Robbie Ray fanned 13 over seven innings to claim the major league strikeout lead and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Wednesday.
— Drew Rasmussen combined with four relievers on a three-hitter. Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi homered and the Tampa Bay Rays became the first AL team to reach 90 wins by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Tuesday night.
— All on one swing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. topped his Hall of Fame father and moved ahead of Shohei Ohtani.
— Robbie Grossman drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning, Jeimer Candelario homered twice, and the Detroit Tigers pulled out an 8-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Chris Archer has been placed on the 10-day injured list as the Rays starter is experiencing hip discomfort.
— Joey Wendle tripled and homered, 30-year-old Dietrich Enns won for the first time in the major leagues and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Saturday.
— Miguel Cabrera got his ninth straight hit before the string ended, Jonathan Schoop launched a grand slam and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Friday night.
Tampa Bay Rays rookie Wander Franco limped as he ran the bases in the first inning and exited Friday's game against Detroit with what the team later called a tight right hamstring.