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Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Hernández and Espinal HR, Kikuchi fans 8, Jays beat Rays 4-1

Teoscar Hernández and Santiago Espinal each hit two-run home runs, Yusei Kikuchi struck out a season-high eight over six innings to snap a seven-start winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Thursday night.

Bluebird Banter

Great Start from Kikuchi, Jays Beat Rays

Photo by Cole Burston/ Rays 1 Blue Jays 4 Off the top, let’s just acknowledge how great Matt Chapman is with the glove. With almost anyone else at third base, this would have been a different game. In the sixth inning, it looked like Yusei Kikuchi was starting to lose it. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning. Then there was a bouncing ball up the third-base line, that Chapman pitched up, touched third and made an excellent throw to first for the double-play. The next batter hits almost exactly the grounder, a fair bit harder (103.1 MPH) that Chapman...

Brew Crew Ball

Houser leaves game early with injury as Brewers lose to Pirates, 8-7

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports A late rally wasn’t enough as the Brewers lose to Pirates for the first time this season Box Score In a night filled with extra-base hits and home runs, it’s the health of a Brewers starting pitcher that is dominating the headlines again. Adrian Houser leaving the game with an arm injury, a rookie catcher hitting three home runs and the Brewers falling in love with leadoff doubles are the headlines as the Brewers lose game one to the Pirates, 8-7. The Pirates got on the board first with a flurry of runs in the 2nd. Josh VanMeter...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Rivalry Roundup: Guardians stun Twins again, Jays down the Rays

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Cleveland shocked the Twins for the second straight day, while the Blue Jays moved into second in the AL East. It was a light day of action across MLB, as it often is with many teams typically traveling on Thursdays. The Yankees were one of the teams in play, as they work through an awkward part of their schedule that had them play in New York, in Houston, and in Cleveland on three consecutive days. They dropped that one game against the Astros, offering up the rare opportunity for their rivals to close the enormous gap in the AL East ever so...

Royals Review

Royals Rumblings - News for June 30, 2022

Photo by Kyle Rivas/ Is this a rebuild or just a bad team? Royals Rumblings - News for June 30, 2022 Salvador Perez doesn’t regret how he handled his thumb injury. “Every time we take that decision (for surgery), it’s going to suck, because we tried to do the last thing we can do to (not) have surgery,” Perez said. “At that point, it was completely torn, so I don’t have any choice.” The good news, Perez said, is that he believes this procedure will completely fix his thumb issue. His previous hope when coming back was to make it through the rest of 2022...


GDT: 5 game series are EXHAUSTING

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports But at least the Rays get to spend it in Canada Go Rays!


Series Preview: Rays vs. Blue Jays

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via The Tampa Bay Rays head on the road after a lackluster home stand. The Rays start with five games against the Toronto Blue Jays before taking on the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds for three game sets. This will be a key stretch to see where the teams will stand in the American League East and Wild Card races. The New York Yankees hold a substantial lead in the American League East leading the Red Sox by 13.0 games, Blue Jays by 13.5 games, Rays by 15.0 games, and the Baltimore Orioles by 21.5 games. Schedule Thursday 7:07...

Bluebird Banter

GameThread Game #76: Rays at Blue Jays

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports The Jays are welcoming (welcoming?) in the Rays, who may be less Rays-ian this year than previous. We shall see. This seems good: In the month of June, 5 teams have 6+ players with a wRC+ over 100:TOR: 8NYY: 6ATL: 6HOU: 6BAL: 6— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) June 30, 2022 If you’ve got a moment, cast some votes of support for your favorite Blue Jays! 6 #BlueJays are MLB All-Star voting finalists:C Alejandro Kirk1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.SS Bo Bichette2B Santiago EspinalOFs George Springer, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Phase 2 of voting is July 5-8,...


Rays Make Roster Moves

Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports The team will cross the border with a new look pitching staff The Tampa Bay Rays are set to begin their first series in Toronto, facing the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre for the first time since the pandemic forced the club to take up a temporary residence in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays, of course, play in Toronto, Ontario, where Canada’s COVID rules for visitors apply. The Canadian policy is that only those fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus can enter the country, and there is no exception for athletes. Major league teams...

Bluebird Banter

Game #76 Preview: Rasmussen vs Kikuchi

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Rays (40-34) vs Blue Jays (42-33) The Blue Jays welcome the Rays to town to kick off the biggest series of the year, a five games over four days set. Tonight’s game gets underway like normal at 7:07 ET, broadcast live on YouTube for all to watch for free. I believe it is also broadcast like normal on Sportsnet for those still wanting to watch like normal. Note that I’m gone the rest of the weekend, so this is the only game of the series that will be previewed. Game times for the rest of the series are as follows: Friday July 1 - 3:07...

BenFred: Amid injuries in NL MVP race, Goldschmidt's durability should stand out

"I do everything I can to stay on the field," Goldschmidt said. "That’s priority number one.”

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies morning after: Germán Márquez’s injury prevents sweep of Dodgers

The Colorado Rockies took two of three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field this week to wrap up the month of June. The Rockies won the first two games but lost Wednesday’s game by a score of 8-4. Germán Márquez, who has struggled for much of the season, had turned a bit […] Colorado Rockies morning after: Germán Márquez’s injury prevents sweep of Dodgers - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - Colorado Rockies News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros injury roundup: Jake Odorizzi’s second rehab start

Jake Odorizzi starts for Double-A Corpus Christi in his second rehab start. The Houston Astros sent Jake Odorizzi to the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks on Wednesday for his second rehab start. The Hooks are currently amidst a six-game series with the Frisco RoughRiders — closer to Houston than the Sugar Land Space Cowboys who are […] Astros injury roundup: Jake Odorizzi’s second rehab start - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - Houston Astros News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Jays Journal

Time to bring back a former top Blue Jays prospect

At the time of writing this article, the Blue Jays are holding down the second Wild Card position and are in a tight race with two division rivals in the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.  Although the Jays have had their struggles so far in the season, you cannot deny that the club […] Time to bring back a former top Blue Jays prospect - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

Pinstripe Alley

LeMahieu has enjoyed an all-around rebound year

Photo by Al Bello/ The veteran infielder is nearing his 2021 fWAR output in less than half of the games. After a really strong 2020 season that saw him post a 177 wRC+, expectations for DJ LeMahieu in 2021 were high. He had extended his stay in the Bronx for the next six years and was coming off a terrific couple years. He couldn’t replicate his 2019-20 success last year, however, and finished with merely average production (100 wRC+) in 679 plate appearances amid some nagging injuries and a sports hernia late in the season. As a result, expectations were somewhat low...


Dodgers Injury Update: Mookie Betts Likely Returning As DH Before All-Star Game

When the Los Angeles Dodgers placed Mookie Betts on the 10-day injured list June 19, there was initial optimism...


Reds notes: Where Tony Santillan stands as he deals with a back injury

Tony Santillan was initially expected to miss a limited amount of time with back pain, but he isn't making quick progress.       

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Dodgers hit 3 homers, knock off nemesis Rockies 8-4

Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of Germán Márquezs struggles and early injury exit to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Fish Stripes

Does Pablo López still deserve All-Star selection?

Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Will López’s recent mediocrity overshadow his award-winning April? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week we ask questions of the most plugged-in Miami Marlins fans and fans across the country. Sandy Alcantara is assured of being selected to the 2022 National League All-Star roster. Even though he’s sidelined by a back injury, Jazz Chisholm Jr. is almost locked in as well—he’s the favorite to be voted in by MLB fans as the team’s starting second baseman, and if not, he has a...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

What should the Cubs do with Jason Heyward? No, this is not a ‘DFA him’ article

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Instead, it’s about a roster crunch. Jason Heyward is having a poor year. One of the reasons for that is a knee injury that has had him on the shelf since June 24 — almost a week. Here’s the latest: Jason Heyward’s right knee soreness is not getting better, Ross says. Sounds like it could require an IL stint. Ross on Heyward’s status/knee: “We’re going to have to take a hard look at that soon.” #Cubs— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) June 29, 2022 The Cubs have been playing essentially three players short since...

Brew Crew Ball

A four home-run day propels Brewers to 5-3 win over Rays

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Brewers take both games against the Rays in interleague play. Box Score After winning the first game of the two-game series against Tampa Bay, the Brewers have completed the sweep, winning the second game 5-3. Beeks was on the mound for the Rays facing Eric Lauer for the Crew. Lauer has pitched well this season and has become a trusted arm in the starting rotation. Milwaukee hit the first of their four total home runs in the top of the second inning when Rowdy Tellez blasted a lead-off shot to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Brosseau then...


Brewers: 5, Rays: 3 - Onto the next one

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ Noon ⚾️ coming right up#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/AZgmoElFgD— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 29, 2022 Baseball before lunch. : @BallySportWI : @620wtmj #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/gCNTLZ1DiV— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 29, 2022 INCREDIBLE!Jonathan Davis put his body on the line to come up with the out.@3_JonathanDavis | #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/yvX4tzGPNj— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 29, 2022 Randy Arozarena off LHP Eric Lauer - 108.1 mph, 19 degrees (401 ft Lineout, .820 xBA)77.1 mph...

Bluebird Banter

Gamethread Game #75: This Is Our House

This flying hug was just great. | Photo by Mark Blinch/ And it is a very very very fine house. It is hard not to love Vlad. I'm doing this from my phone, so it will be quick. Posting from the phone isn't easy. I guess "Boston Media" has been whining about Covid rules. Personally, I'm ok with there being a cost of you are scared of a little needle. But then Boston Media has long been a strange thing. Speaking of rules: 11 percent of the Rays remaining games are in Toronto pic.twitter.com/ReB03J64Ej— Mike Gianella (@MikeGianella) June 29, 2022 Anyway, we go...

Brew Crew Ball

Submit Your Questions for Brew Crew Ball Mailbag #4

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ Leave your Brewers questions in the comments below or on Twitter for a chance to have them answered on Friday It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s time to send in your questions for this week’s edition of the Brew Crew Ball Mailbag. Things are looking up for the Brewers. After a two-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee has won four straight and seven of their last ten games. Since the final loss of their eight-game losing streak from early June, they have gone 11-5. Next up is a four-game series in Pittsburgh against the...

First Pitch: Cardinals will need to overcome Cy Young favorite Alcantara to earn sweep

The Cardinals will have to revisit a trade from their past when taking on the Marlins with Sandy Alcantara in the way of a sweep. Check out First Pitch for lineups, injury updates and more.


Garrett Whitlock Inspired By Cy Young Winner In Recent Bullpen Session

It hasn’t been an easy road back for Boston Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock, who’s been shelved with a hip injury since June 10 and has been impacted by multiple setbacks. But things are looking up. Whitlock has returned to the mound for the Red Sox in advance of a rehab assignment, and did so […] The post Garrett Whitlock Inspired By Cy Young Winner In Recent Bullpen Session appeared first on NESN.com.

Cubbies Crib

Cubs: A quick check-in on injured prospects, others on the rise

Today over at FanGraphs, prospect connoisseur Eric Longenhagen gave us some quick snippets on what is going on in the Chicago Cubs system, including some injury information, as well as some improved grades on guys who you may have never known existed. Buckle up. We will dive into everything prospect-related and try to make some […] Cubs: A quick check-in on injured prospects, others on the rise - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: