The second game of a four-game series between potential postseason opponents Tampa Bay and Houston takes place Tuesday at Minute Maid Park, with the Rays’ Chris Archer squaring off against the Astros’ Mike Fiers.
Jesus Sucre took one for the team during Monday night’s 14-7 loss to the Astros. With the Rays trailing, 11-6, in the eighth inning, the Rays’ backup catcher took the mound to pick up a worn-down bullpen.
After a 12-run loss on Sunday to the Tigers, the Astros had no issues bouncing back as they rolled to a 14-7 win over the Rays, tallying 17 hits, including two home runs from Jake Marisnick, in Monday’s opener of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Infielder Tim Beckham has been traded by the Rays to the Orioles for young right-hander Tobia Myers.
After losing the weekend series to the Yankees, the Rays will travel to Houston looking to right the ship against the American League West-leading Astros, with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday.
Corey Dickerson drove in a pair of runs and the Rays’ bullpen fired five scoreless innings to salvage the finale of a four-game American League East showdown, a 5-3 victory over the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
With two on, nobody out and the heart of the Yankees’ order coming up, the Rays turned to their bullpen in the fifth inning of a one-run game. There was little room for error if they were to avoid being swept.
With the non-waiver Trade Deadline just a day away, the Rays have already done most of their buying, adding first baseman Lucas Duda and relievers Dan Jennings, Sergio Romo and Steve Cishek.
With the Yankees and Rays battling in a tight American League East, the postseason hopefuls will start rookie pitchers on Sunday in the Bronx. First-place New York will be going for the four-game sweep while trying to extend its win streak to seven games.
Brett Gardner’s walk-off single in the ninth gave the Yankees a 5-4 win over the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. It was Gardner’s second game-winning hit of this four-game series for the Yankees (56-46), who have won six in a row and maintained their position in first place in the American League East.
Losing three straight to a division rival has made for a tough beginning to an eight-game road trip for the Rays. However, they could take solace in the fact that Blake Snell seems to be edging closer to becoming the pitcher they think he can be.