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Steven Souza hit his fourth home run of the season Sunday in the Rays' loss to the Astros.

It was a two-run shot in the Rays' four-run first inning against Astros starter Joe Musgrove. Souza is off to a blistering start this season, now with a .347/.424/.613 batting line and 17 RBI in 20 games. If he can stay healthy, the power production should continue.
Apr 23 - 4:57 PM

Matt Andriese yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Astros.

Andriese surrendered a two-run homer to Carlos Correa in the third inning and a solo shot to Jose Altuve in the fifth. Tampa Bay led by four runs after the first inning but fell 6-4 in extras. Andriese will carry a 3.86 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into his next start on the road versus the Blue Jays.
Apr 23 - 4:52 PM

Rays recalled RHP Chih-Wei Hu from Triple-A Durham.

Acquired from the Twins in 2015 in the Kevin Jepsen trade, Hu has posted a 3.94 ERA in the early going at Durham this season. He'll be a long relief option and will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Apr 23 - 10:23 AM

Rays placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain.

Hunter suffered the injury while covering first base on Saturday. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined.
Apr 23 - 10:19 AM

Kevin Kiermaier is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Steven Souza is starting in center field, while Shane Peterson is getting the call in right. The Rays also have Jesus Sucre at catcher over Derek Norris.
Apr 23 - 9:47 AM

Tommy Hunter left Saturday's game agains the Astros with right calf tightness.

He pitched to two batters in the sixth inning before exiting. Hunter was limping in the clubhouse but refused crutches. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 22 - 10:19 PM

Alex Colome allowed a base hit but no runs while earning the save in a 6-3 victory over the Astros on Saturday.

Called on to protect a three run lead in the ninth inning, he retired the first two batters on fly balls before allowing a single to Alex Bregman. He then induced Yuli Gurriel to tap a grounder to the shortstop to end the game. Colome has yet to allow a run or a walk this season. He has a 0.00 ERA with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. He has four saves in four chances.
Apr 22 - 9:51 PM

Blake Snell allowed a pair of homers but held the Astros to three runs in five innings on Saturday.

He surrendered only three hits on the evening but two of them were of the four-base variety. Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve hit solo jacks off him. Snell also struggled with his control, walking five batters and managing only 39 strikes among his 87 pitches. He struck out four but didn't stick around long enough to be the pitcher of record when the Rays seized the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The young left-hander owns a 3.38 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 15 walks in 21 1/3 innings. He has two losses and is still looking for his first win of the season.
Apr 22 - 9:46 PM

Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

He smacked a long double to center field in the fifth inning that plated Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson. His other hit was also a double. He has been productive if not stellar so far this season. He owns a .250 batting average with three homers, nine runs and 12 RBI through 19 games.
Apr 22 - 9:44 PM

Tim Beckham went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Astros.

He tripled in the third but was left stranded. He singled and scored in the fifth. He stroked an RBI single in the sixth and came around to score on a Peter Bourjos single. Beckham is getting everyday playing time while Matt Duffy recuperates from injury. He is batting .254/.267/.407 with two home runs, eight runs scored and five RBI in 61 plate appearances.
Apr 22 - 9:39 PM

Alex Cobb was charged with four runs over six-plus innings in a loss to the Astros on Friday.

Rays manager Kevin Cash brought Cobb back out for the seventh inning, but it proved to be the wrong move, as he gave up a single to Brian McCann and a double to Yulieski Gurriel before walking Nori Aoki to load the bases. The go-ahead run scored after he was finally pulled from the game. After failing to strike out a batter in his last outing, Cobb fanned seven in this one while walking just one batter. So at least there were some positives to take away from this one. He’ll carry a 4.88 ERA into a start against the first-place Orioles net week in Baltimore.
Apr 21 - 11:02 PM

Corey Dickerson socked a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Astros.

Dickerson was an unlikely to choice to share leadoff duties for the Rays, but he has taken to it so far. The 27-year-old has four homers and six doubles through 17 games to go along with a .317/.358/.603 batting line. The batting average won’t last, but he’s an underappreciated power contributor in fantasy leagues.
Apr 21 - 11:01 PM

Rays recalled RHP Ryan Garton from Triple-A Durham.

The 27-year-old hurler appeared in 37 contests for the Rays in 2016. He's taking the place of the injured Xavier Cedeno in the Rays' bullpen and will function in a middle relief role.
Apr 21 - 10:58 PM

Rays placed LHP Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with left forearm tightness.

Cedeno has been an important cog in the Rays bullpen the past few seasons and any amount of time that he misses will be a blow to them. He sports a 3.86 ERA and gruesome 3.42 WHIP through 2 1/3 innings of work this season.
Apr 21 - 10:56 PM

Jake Odorizzi (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

The hope is that Odorizzi will miss just two starts, but the Rays will have a better idea as to his timetable following the session. Erasmo Ramirez made a start in his plate on Thursday.
Apr 21 - 3:25 PM


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