After Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Twins, the Rays recalled outfielder Matt Joyce from Durham. To make room on the roster, right-hander Dale Thayer was optioned to Durham.
Joyce was hitting .315 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 41 games for Durham.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Joyce would start Sunday and he plans to play him as much as posible.
Thayer was 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and one save in three appearances.
“It was nice, it was a good experience,” said Thayer of his brief stint with the Rays. “I was here a little bit longer than what they said at first. I’m just going to go down there and work on some things, and hopefully get back up.”
Carl Crawford’s stolen base streak came to a close just a moment ago with one out in the third.
Crawford had just reached base on a single after a 10-pitch at-bat, driving in the Rays’ second run, before Twins starter Francisco Liriano threw to first just when Crawford took off running. First baseman Justin Morneau threw to shortstop Brendan Harris and the former Ray slapped down the tag for the out.
Crawford had stolen 32 consecutive bases dating back to July 18 against Toronto — and he was 30-for-30 in stolen base attempts this season. Crawford’s streak was the longest since Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies stole 39 in a row from Sept. 1, 2007 to July 19, 2008.
The Rays speedster is feeling good, so don’t be surprised to see him start another streak, and soon.
Akinori Iwamura, who is lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL against the Marlins Sunday, met with the media Friday afternoon.
Aki expects to be ready to play by the start of Spring Training in 2010 and he expressed his desire to return to the Rays, though he understands that decision is out of his control
The Rays have a club option that they can pick up that would pay the second baseman $4.25 million for 2010 or they can buy him out for $250,000.
Based on the price to keep Aki and the fact the Rays have Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson being groomed for their infield, the odds seem stacked against Aki wearing a Rays uniform in 2010.
MIAMI — The reports were still a little hazy, but Akinori Iwamura is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury, manager Joe Maddon said.†
MIAMI — Not a good day for the Rays’ middle infield with regards to plays at second base.
MIAMI – The Rays lost their second baseman early on Sunday,
and it did not look good.
With one out in a tied game in the bottom of the eighth, the
Marlins had runners on first and second when Wes Helms hit a tapper back to
reliever Dan Wheeler. The right-hander picked it up and fired it to second
base, where Akinori Iwamura made the force out. But upon turning to fire the
ball to first, he was barreled into hard by rookie Chris Coghlan.
Iwamura laid on the ground in agony, and John Baker tried to
score from second, but shortstop Jason Bartlett wrestled the ball out of
Iwamura’s hand and gunned him down at the plate to preserve the 4-4 tie and end
After that, the Rays players and medical staff – and eventually
the Marlins players who were coming back onto the field – huddled around
Iwamura, who stayed on the ground in pain for several minutes holding his left
Eventually, Iwamura was carried onto a cart and driven off
the field while getting an applause from the 12,839 fans at Land Shark Stadium.
Iwamura was diagnosed with a left knee injury. He will be driven back to St. Petersburg, Fa., on Sunday night, where he will get an MRI.
* Rays starter James Shields — who gave up four runs on a season-high 12 hits through 6 2/3 innings — got hit in the leg by a hard comebacker from Ross Gload with two outs in the seventh. After trying to get Gload at first but to no avail, he was taken out of the game by manager Joe Maddon. But Shields had 102 pitches at that point and didn’t appear to be in pain, so the move likely was just to get reliever Grant Balfour in the game.
— Alden Gonzalez
MIAMI — Surprise, it’s cloudy down here. Joe Maddon went to one of the head groundscrew workers at Land Shark Stadium to ask about the weather on Sunday morning, and all he could give the Rays’ skipper was a shake of the hand — meaning, it doesn’t look too good.
MIAMI — Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left Saturday’s win against the Marlins in the top of the ninth after being hit by a pitch.
MIAMI — Well, we’ve got good news here. The skies have cleared, the grass is dry, and baseball will not be a problem today — for now. Looks like we’ll start on time, too.
MIAMI — In case you haven’t heard, things are looking pretty bad weather-wise here at land Shark Stadium. It hasn’t stopped raining — I could barely see the road on the way over here — and all there is when you look down on the field is a big white tarp and field equipment holding it down.