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Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz Hitting streak up to 16
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 3:25 PM
Diaz went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Pirates.
Analysis: Diaz tagged Pirates' starter Paul Skenes early, depositing the first pitch of the game off the foul pole in right field for his sixth homer of the season. He later led off the eighth with his third hit, which eventually saw pinch-runner Jose Caballero to cross the plate with the go-ahead run. Diaz extended his hitting streak to 16 games in the process, collecting his ninth multiple hit effort during that stretch and fourth multi-hit game over the last five. He's batting 26-for-71 (.366) during the streak.
Pete Fairbanks
Pete Fairbanks Picks up 11th save
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 3:05 PM
Fairbanks tossed a perfect ninth, striking out one to collect the save Sunday against the Pirates.
Analysis: Fairbanks needed only 11 pitches to close the door on his 11th save. Fairbanks had allowed a run to score in three of his previous four appearances, with Sunday marking the first time in seven appearances he did not allow a baserunner.
Aaron Civale
Aaron Civale Allows one run in no-decision
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 2:28 PM
Civale did not factor into the decision Sunday, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over five innings against the Pirates. He struck out three.
Analysis: Civale was pulled after having tossed a season-low 61 pitches over five effective innings, with the only blemish coming in the form of a Brian Reynolds fourth-inning solo homer. It appears this was more of a managerial decision due to the heat and the Pirates having the top of the order come up for a third time as opposed to any type of distress for Civale, who rebounded from his previous outing when he was chased after failing to complete four innings. Civale has struck out 79 in 76.1 innings this season and will carry a 5.42 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into his next start, currently slated to take place next weekend when the Rays welcome the Nationals to Tampa for a three-game set.
Brandon Lowe
Brandon Lowe Sitting Sunday
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 11:18 AM
Lowe (toe) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Lowe will sit for the series finale Sunday after sustaining a broken pinky toe on a hit-by-pitch in the first inning of Saturday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. Lowe isn't expected to be placed on the IL and will be available to pinch hit Sunday, per Topkin. Richie Palacios will start at second base Sunday and bat fifth against Pirates right-hander Paul Skenes.
Ben Rortvedt
Ben Rortvedt Getting Sunday off
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 11:11 AM
Rortvedt is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Even with the Pirates sending right-hander Paul Skenes to the mound Sunday, the lefty-hitting Rortvedt will begin the game in the dugout after starting in the first two games of the series, going 4-for-8 with one home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Alex Jackson will start at catcher and bat ninth for the series finale.
Richie Palacios
Richie Palacios Swipes 11th bag
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 7:58 AM
Palacios went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Pirates.
Analysis: The 27-year-old began the day on the bench, but when Amed Rosario (face) got hit by a 99.6 mph Jared Jones fastball in the first inning, Palacios entered the lineup and ended up being the only Ray with multiple hits in the game. Brandon Lowe (toe) also went down Saturday and figures to miss some time, so Palacios could move into a full-time role in the short term -- Tampa Bay isn't scheduled to face a left-handed starter until it begins a series against the Nationals next weekend. On the season, Palacios is slashing .237/.332/.333 with four homers, 14 RBI, 31 runs and 11 steals in 64 contests.
Zach Eflin
Zach Eflin Stuck with loss Saturday
Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 7:52 AM
Eflin (3-5) took the loss Saturday as the Rays were downed 4-3 by the Pirates, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out six.
Analysis: Pittsburgh stung the right-hander for a run in the first inning and three more in the third, and while Eflin settled in after that, the Tampa Bay offense wasn't able to put together a comeback. Eflin's last quality start came May 7, and in six outings since then, he's stumbled to a 4.86 ERA despite a 1.17 WHIP and 24:2 K:BB in 33.1 innings. He'll look to turn things around in his next start, which lines up to come at home next weekend against the Nationals.
Brandon Lowe
Brandon Lowe Suffers broken toe
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 5:34 PM
Lowe suffered a broken pinky toe during Saturday's game against the Pirates, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
Analysis: Lowe was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the contest and was removed in the sixth frame with what was initially deemed a right foot contusion. However, further evaluation showed that Lowe actually sustained a broken toe. Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Lowe isn't expected to require an IL stint at this point.
Brandon Lowe
Brandon Lowe Has bruised right foot
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 4:39 PM
Lowe (foot) was removed from Saturday's game against the Pirates with a right foot contusion, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
Analysis: Isaac Paredes came in for Lowe in the sixth inning after Lowe sustained a right foot injury stemming from a first-inning hit-by-pitch. While the injury seems relatively minor, Lowe should continue to be evaluated ahead of Sunday's series finale.
Amed Rosario
Amed Rosario Has facial lacerations
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 4:23 PM
Rosario has facial lacerations stemming from being hit by a pitch during Saturday's game against the Pirates and there's optimism that he avoided any fractures, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
Analysis: Rosario was removed from Saturday's game in the first inning after being struck in the face by a 99 mile-per-hour pitch by Jared Jones. While he did sustain cuts on his face from the incident, initial reports about the injury seem optimistic and could've avoided any bone breaks.
Amed Rosario
Amed Rosario Lifted after HBP
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 3:29 PM
Rosario was in the face by a pitch during the first inning of Saturday's game against the Pirates and was removed from the contest, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Richie Palacios entered the game as a pinch runner following the hit-by-pitch, removing Rosario from the contest. More information regarding the severity of Rosario's injury should come postgame.
Richie Palacios
Richie Palacios Sitting Saturday
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 2:53 PM
Palacios is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Despite Pittsburgh sending right-hander Jared Jones to the mound Saturday, the lefty-hitting Palacios will begin the contest in the dugout. Randy Arozarena, Jose Siri and Josh Lowe will man the outfield Saturday, while Brandon Lowe serves as the designated hitter.
Isaac Paredes
Isaac Paredes Not starting Saturday
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 2:51 PM
Paredes is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Analysis: Paredes will get a rest Saturday after going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in Friday's 10-3 win over Pittsburgh. Amed Rosario will start at third base and bat fifth against Pirates right-hander Jared Jones.
Jose Siri
Jose Siri Scores three runs
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 9:30 AM
Siri went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and a walk Friday against the Pirates.
Analysis: Siri has hit well across the last two weeks, delivering six multi-hit performances in 13 starts. He's also homered four times in that span and tacked on an additional four extra-base hits. It was expected that Siri would primarily contribute stolen bases from a fantasy perspective, but despite swiping only one bag since April 6 he has found ways to be productive, particularly of late.
Randy Arozarena
Randy Arozarena Seven-game hitting streak
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 9:24 AM
Arozarena went 2-for-4 with a double Friday against the Pirates.
Analysis: Arozarena extended his hitting streak to seven games, two of which have been multi-hit efforts. He's hitting .391 in that span while tallying two homers, six RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases. With this stretch, Arozarena has raised his average to .191 -- his highest mark since April 14.
Ben Rortvedt
Ben Rortvedt Big day in rout
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 8:13 AM
Rortvedt went 3-for-5 with a double, a three-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 10-3 win over the Pirates.
Analysis: The backstop put the finishing touches on Tampa Bay's rout by taking Daulton Jefferies deep in the ninth inning. Rortvedt only has two homers on the year, but both have come in his last four games as part of an impressive June that has seen him slash .314/.368/.571 in 38 plate appearances. His strong-side platoon role limits his fantasy upside, but the 26-year-old appears to be on his way to a career-best campaign.
Josh Lowe
Josh Lowe Goes yard twice in Pittsburgh
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 8:08 AM
Lowe went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in Friday's 10-3 win over the Pirates.
Analysis: The 26-year-old outfielder touched up Luis Ortiz for both his long balls, hooking a third-inning slider out to right field for a solo shot before lofting a fastball to left-center in the sixth for a three-run blast. Lowe has five homers on the season in 27 games, with three of them coming in the last four contests. If he can stay healthy, he seems poised for a big surge heading into the All-Star break.
Ryan Pepiot
Ryan Pepiot Early exit in no-decision
Sat, Jun 22, 2024, 8:03 AM
Pepiot came away with a no-decision in Friday's 10-3 win over the Pirates, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out three.
Analysis: Despite the impressive offensive support, Pepiot wasn't efficient enough to qualify for his fifth win of the year and got the hook after 74 pitches (41 strikes). The right-hander tied his season high with the four free passes, while the three strikeouts tied his season low. Through four starts in June, he's stumbled to a 6.30 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 24:7 K:BB through 20 innings, and Friday's outing was his first this month in which he didn't serve up a homer. Pepiot will look to turn things around in his next start, which lines up to come at home next week against the Mariners.
Yandy Diaz
Yandy Diaz Homers, extends hitting streak
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 11:15 PM
Diaz went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Twins.
Analysis: Diaz collected two hits including his fifth homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 13 games and his on-base streak to 22 games in the process. He's batting .351 over the course of the hitting streak, though he has just one home run, one double, four RBI and six runs scored to show for his efforts.
Pete Fairbanks
Pete Fairbanks Blows save, earns win
Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 10:06 PM
Fairbanks (2-3) earned the win Thursday, allowing one run on two hits over two innings against the Twins. He struck out one.
Analysis: Fairbanks was not needed to start the ninth due to the Rays holding a four-run lead, but a leadoff homer followed by the next two runners reaching base necessitated the call to Fairbanks. After inducing a couple of quick outs, Jose Miranda tagged him for a two-out game-tying homer that sent the game to extras. Once the Rays regained the lead in the 10th, Fairbanks stayed on to close out his own victory. The blown save was the second of the season for Fairbanks, who ran the gamut during the series with the Twins, suffering the loss on Tuesday followed by the blown save and subsequent win on Thursday.


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