With the number of remaining games dwindling, the Rays no longer have the luxury of waiting for home runs to start flying out of the park. The time has come to create runs by any means necessary, and the Rays did just that in an 8-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
The Cubs’ winning streak, Chicago’s Interleague schedule and Joe Maddon’s homecoming parade all ended on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
The Rays will recall infielder Daniel Robertson and right-hander Chih-Wei Hu from Triple-A Durham, and will activate lefty Xavier Cedeno from the 60-day disabled list.
Having caught fire since their early July series with Tampa Bay, the Cubs try to continue their surge as the fading Rays try to stay in the American League Wild Card hunt on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
It was a sweet homecoming for Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
The Rays saddled up “The Horse” to finish off Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox. And despite Friday night’s blown save, Rays closer Alex Colome got the job done, earning his 45th save of the season in the process.
Jake Odorizzi stymied Boston’s bats on Sunday in a 3-2 Tampa Bay win at Tropicana Field.
The Cubs will take a brief break from playing National League Central opponents to face the Rays in a two-game Interleague series that begins Tuesday and marks a homecoming for Chicago manager Joe Maddon.
Kevin Kiermaier’s diving catch in the ninth inning of Friday night’s Rays-Red Sox contest was still on everyone’s mind Saturday. Not only did Kiermaier make a circus catch in the ninth, the Rays center fielder threw out runners and hit a game-tying home run in the 14th inning.
Rick Porcello kept the Rays bats in check for 7 1/3 innings and received enough run support to lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Rays on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
Confusion and frustration struck the Rays in the sixth inning when Alex Cobb got called for a balk and later did not get a strike-three call on a pitch that appeared to be a strike.
Center-field rivals Kevin Kiermaier and Jackie Bradley Jr. match up one last time in 2017 as the Rays and Red Sox wrap up their season series Sunday at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay righty Jake Odorizzi will oppose Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.