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Tyler Glasnow whiffed six batters over six shutout innings in a win over the Rangers on Monday.

Glasnow scattered a pair of singles over six scoreless frames. He was in complete control of his electric arsenal, issuing just a pair of walks in the contest. He was also extremely efficient, throwing 49 of 86 pitches for strikes in this one. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a 1-4 record with a 4.06 ERA and 49/14 K/BB ratio in nine starts since being acquired from the Pirates on July 31. He’ll face the Blue Jays on the road in his next start on Saturday.
Sep 18 - 12:58 AM

Sergio Romo fired a scoreless ninth inning to record his 22nd save of the year against the Rangers on Monday.

Romo was summoned to preserve a three-run lead in the ninth inning and worked around a two-out walk to slam the door on the Rangers. He struck out a pair of batters in the frame. The 35-year-old veteran righty has allowed only five runs in 22 appearances since the All-Star break. He's 3-3 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 69/19 K/BB ratio in 68 appearances (five starts).
Sep 18 - 12:47 AM

Mallex Smith went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Rays' win over the Rangers on Monday.

Smith led off the contest by reaching on an infield single and came around to score a run later in the frame. He also singled in the third inning, walked in the sixth and was caught stealing for the 12th time this year. The 25-year-old outfielder has put together an impressive breakout campaign, hitting .302/.372/.414 with 56 runs scored, two homers, 36 RBI and 33 steals in 488 plate appearances.
Sep 18 - 12:41 AM

Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a pair of RBI in the Rays' 3-0 win over the Rangers on Monday.

Choi opened up the scoring with an RBI single to right field in the first inning and tattooed a solo homer, his 10th of the year, in the sixth inning. The 27-year-old slugger has gone deep five times in 14 games this month. He's an intriguing speculative pickup for fantasy owners in search of a power source in deeper mixed leagues over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Sep 18 - 12:37 AM

Diego Castillo struck out a pair of batters over a scoreless inning as the Rays’ opener against the Athletics on Sunday.

Castillo made his second start of the three-game series against the Athletics after firing two scoreless innings with four strikeouts on Friday. The hard-throwing 24-year-old rookie right-hander was extremely efficient, throwing 11 of 13 pitches for strikes and topped out at 99 mph on his four-seam fastball. He’s carved out a unique niche, excelling in the Rays’ revolutionary opener role, allowing just four runs across eight starts (12 1/3 innings) since the August 19.
Sep 16 - 5:17 PM

Sergio Romo allowed one run on one hit, but managed to record the final two outs of the ninth inning to pick up his 21st save of the year against the Athletics on Sunday.

Romo was called upon with the bases loaded and only one out in the ninth inning with a five-run lead and promptly gave up a grand slam to Khris Davis. Three of the four runs were charged to Jake Faria, who walked three consecutive batters to begin the frame without recording an out. Lefty Jose Alvarado struck out Jed Lowrie for the first out before Rays manager Kevin Cash handed the ball to his veteran closer. The 35-year-old righty settled down after the homer, striking out Matt Olson and getting Stephen Piscotty to fly out to center field to slam the door. Tampa Bay has tried to cut back his workload in recent weeks, but he remains their unquestioned stopper for the remainder of the season.
Sep 16 - 5:12 PM

Willy Adames went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the Rays' win over the Athletics on Sunday.

Adames drilled a towering 420-foot dinger, his ninth of the year, off Athletics starter Mike Fiers in the fourth inning. It was his first round-tripper since August 24. The 23-year-old shortstop is striking out at a 30 percent rate in his major-league debut, but remains one of the most intriguing middle infield prospects in the game thanks to his tantalizing blend of power and speed. He has a bright future ahead of him in Tampa Bay.
Sep 16 - 5:02 PM
C.J. Cron - DH - Rays

C.J. Cron went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk to propel the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Athletics on Sunday.

Cron obliterated an 86-mph hanging slider from Athletics starter Mike Fiers, launching a majestic 430-foot blast to left field in the first inning. It was his first round-tripper since September 2. He also singled in the fifth and walked in the seventh before being lifted for a pinch-runner. The 28-year-old veteran has ceded playing time at first base and designated hitter to a pair of youngsters -- Ji-Man Choi and Jake Bauers -- in recent weeks, but still possesses some fantasy appeal as a power source in deeper mixed leagues. He’s hitting .252/.319/.485 with 62 runs scored, 27 homers, 64 RBI and one steal in 511 plate appearances.
Sep 16 - 4:55 PM

Tommy Pham is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Pham has dealt with a minor groin issue recently but this is just a regular day of rest. Jake Bauers is in left field and C.J. Cron is at first base.
Sep 16 - 12:20 PM

Jake Bauers went 3-for-4 with a clutch home run and four RBI to lead his team over the Athletics by a score of 7-5 on Saturday.

The game was tied 4-4 when he stepped to the plate with two men on base in the bottom of the eighth inning. He ripped a Jeurys Familia pitch over the wall in right field to break the game open and send his team to a win. He drove in another run with a sacrifice fly earlier in the contest. The 22-year-old rookie has struggled in terms of batting average but has been solid in all other facets of the hitting game. He has a lowly .198 batting average with 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 43 runs scored in 84 games. That's not bad for a youngster getting his first taste of major league pitching. He posted good batting averages in the minors and can also steal some bases to add an extra fantasy dimension. He should be a solid regular in future seasons.
Sep 15 - 10:23 PM

Sergio Romo surrendered a run in the ninth inning but was still able to record the save against the Athletics on Saturday.

He was brought in to protect a newly-minted three-run advantage and got the job done despite allowing a solo home run to Matt Chapman. Romo has been used sparingly of late as the Rays play out the string in what has been an unexpectedly good season. Romo has 20 saves and a 3.25 ERA in 66 games (including five starts). He took over the closer's role when Alex Colome was traded to the Mariners back in May.
Sep 15 - 10:15 PM

Yonny Chirinos gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings and did not factor into the decision against the Athletics on Saturday.

His team busted the game open after his departure. He did not start the game, instead being brought in to begin the second frame after opener Ryne Stanek pitched a scoreless first inning. Chirinos struck out five batters, walked one and yielded seven base hits. Matt Olson touched him up for a solo homer in the sixth. He has pitched well well this year for the most part, especially considering the unorthodox way the Rays have utilized him. He is 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts and nine relief appearances. He has 67 strikeouts and 22 walks in 81 innings. He is just 24 years old and could yet develop into a good fantasy asset.
Sep 15 - 10:09 PM

Mallex Smith went went 2-for-5 as the Rays fell to the Athletics in extra innings on Friday evening.

Smith has somewhat quietly done a terrific job as a table-setter atop the Rays' lineup, hitting .304/.373/.419. Both of his hits were singles. He was also caught stealing in this one, for the 11th time this season, making him 33-for-44 (75%) in stolen base chances on the season.
Sep 14 - 10:30 PM

Diego Castillo was brilliant in his role as the Rays' opener on Friday, striking out four over two scoreless innings against the Athletics.

The flame-throwing 24-year-old now sports a 3.31 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 53/18 K/BB ratio over 49 innings on the season. He has functioned as manager Kevin Cash's opener seven times now, and should get a few more "starts" before the end of the season, though there's no reason to go here from a fantasy perspective.
Sep 14 - 10:26 PM

Matt Duffy (back) is back in the Rays' lineup Friday.

It's Duffy's first start since Sunday, as he has been battling a back issue. He's at third base and batting second against Edwin Jackson and the A's.
Sep 14 - 3:05 PM


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