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Tampa Bay Times May 17, 2019
Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays' Friday game against Yankees

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays' Friday game against Yankees

• Principal owner Stuart Sternberg had plenty of good to say about the team, mentioning Avisail Garcia, Brandon Lowe, Yandy Diaz and the pitching staff (especially Charlie Morton and Blake Snell) on the plus side but wanting to see more from Daniel Robertson and Willy Adames on the
DRaysBay May 16, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Rays sweep, but several players get hurt

View from the Catwalk: Rays sweep, but several players get hurt

Yandy Diaz was among those to leave the game early Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays successfully completed a two game sweep of the Miami Marlins, with their second consecutive shutout. The Rays pitching staff skirted into and out of danger all night long, as the Marlins offense was 0-10 with runners in scoring position. The Rays lone run of the night came on Anthony Bemboom’s first major league hit, a second inning double that brought home Willy Adames. In unfortunate news, several Rays left the game early due to various injuries. Guillermo Heredia left due to being in the hand by a pitch,...
DRaysBay May 15, 2019
Rays 1 Marlins 0: More injuries than runs for the Rays, but it’s still a win

Rays 1 Marlins 0: More injuries than runs for the Rays, but it’s still a win

Citrus Series game two is a close one The Marlins may have the worst record in baseball, but they certainly proved difficult to beat tonight. The Rays did emerge victorious, but Marlins pitchers managed to hold their offense to a meek whimper. The Rays had a first inning threat against the Marlins José Ureña. Ji -Man Choi reached on a hard ground ball that slipped through the infield, and Brandon Lowe finally got a hit after several games of utter futility. Yandy Diaz hit a patented hard grounder deep to third but was thrown out to end the inning. Ryne Stanek opened for the Rays, and he...
Tampa Bay Times May 15, 2019
Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Marlins game

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Marlins game

The line between being aggressive and making mistakes on bases is getting finer. The Rays made two costly outs Wednesday. Yandy Diaz getting caught rounding third was somewhat explainable, given a great defensive play. Austin Meadows thrown out at home after Tommy Pham broke for second
Tampa Bay Times May 13, 2019
Yandy Diaz went from a singles hitter to a beast with just minor tweaks

Yandy Diaz went from a singles hitter to a beast with just minor tweaks

ST. PETERSBURG - Before we begin, you have to understand this:The goal was not to fix Yandy Diaz. He was never broken in the first place.Acquired from Cleveland for Jake Bauers and a bundle of cash in December, Diaz had a reputation for hitting the ball extremely hard
DRaysBay May 8, 2019
View from the Catwalk: Meadows nearing return

View from the Catwalk: Meadows nearing return

The outfielder was off to a strong start before injuring his thumb The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious last night, sealing another series victory as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-3. The Rays improved to 23-12 on the season and maintained a two game lead over the New York Yankees for the division lead. Brandon Lowe had an excellent day at the plate as he homered and doubled. Lowe now leads all qualified MLB rookies in fWAR (1.6). Yandy Diaz and Mike Zunino also had doubles for the Rays offense, meanwhile Kevin Kiermaier snagged two bases. Pitching wise, the only Rays pitcher to...
Tampa Bay Times May 4, 2019
Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 7-0 win over Orioles

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 7-0 win over Orioles

Marc Topkin's three takeaways from Rays 7-0 win Friday over the Orioles:* Yandy Diaz has one of the tougher 0-for-16s going, as he continues to hit the ball very hard with, well, nothing to show for it but some cool StatCast numbers. That included a drive to deep center on
Tampa Bay Times Apr 28, 2019
Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 5-2 win over Red Sox

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 5-2 win over Red Sox

Marc Topkin's three takeaways from the Rays 5-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday:* The Yandy Diaz acquisition continues to look good, with a double and a triple Sunday keying both early scoring rallies. He leads the team with seven homers and 13 extra-base hits, is third with
Tampa Bay Times Apr 27, 2019
Rays journal: Remember when Yandy Diaz couldn't hit homers with Indians? He has seven already.

Rays journal: Remember when Yandy Diaz couldn't hit homers with Indians? He has seven already.

BOSTON : The word on Yandy Diaz when the Rays made the somewhat head-scratching at the time deal to get from Cleveland for Jake Bauers and $5 million was that he hit the ball hard but he didn't hit it in the air. In his first month with the Rays, Diaz has proved
Tampa Bay Times Apr 27, 2019
Rays hang on to beat Red Sox 2-1

Rays hang on to beat Red Sox 2-1

BOSTON : Yandy Diaz gave the Rays the early lead they wanted. Charlie Morton gave them the strong start they needed. Then Chaz Roe, Adam Kolarek, Diego Castillo, Jose Alvarado and Emilio Pagan combined : barely - for the relief work they previously lacked. And it all
Tampa Bay Times Apr 24, 2019
John Romano's takeaways from Rays 10-2 loss to Royals

John Romano's takeaways from Rays 10-2 loss to Royals

* Filling in as an emergency replacement on Wednesday, Michael Perez joined Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi as "first basemen'' in 2019. I say "first basemen'' because they are, in order, a catcher, a third baseman, a second baseman and a
DRaysBay Apr 24, 2019
View from the Catwalk: The Rays are the coolest team in baseball

View from the Catwalk: The Rays are the coolest team in baseball

This is an indisputable fact After the series that shall not be mentioned again, the Tampa Bay Rays have taken two straight against the Kansas City Royals to improve to 16-8 on the season and maintain a 2.5 game lead over the New York Yankees, who have won five in a row. It was a solid game all around for the Rays; Mike Zunino was the main offensive force for the Rays as he slugged his second homer of the year as part of a three hit game. Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, and Joey Wendle all knocked a run in apiece. Ryne Stanek was efficient as the opener, Jalen Beeks was dominant in his bulk...
Tampa Bay Times Apr 23, 2019
Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays' 6-3 win over Royals

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays' 6-3 win over Royals

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays' 6-3 Monday win over Royals:* The rap on Yandy Diaz with the Indians was that he hit the ball hard but he couldn't him homers, proved out as he knocked only one in 265 at-bats over two seasons. The Rays didn't think

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