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Rays rookie INF Wander Franco returns from hamstring injury

Sep. 24, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays rookie Wander Franco was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Friday after missing two weeks with a right hamstring injury. The AL East-leading Rays, who started a three-game series with Miami on Friday night, clinched a...

Kepler homers twice, Ryan’s 11 Ks lead Twins over Cubs 5-4

Sep. 23, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler homered twice, rookie Joe Ryan struck out a season-high 11, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Wednesday night. Kepler staked the Twins to a 2-0 lead with a homer in the first inning and hit his 19th home run in the...

Kiermaier hit after scouting report flap; Rays to playoffs

Sep. 22, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hit by a pitch two days after scooping up a Toronto scouting report and setting off a flap, Kevin Kiermaier hopes to see the Blue Jays in the playoffs. “Oh yeah, it was intentional,” Kiermaier said after reliever Ryan Borucki hit him on...

Tigers, Peralta slow AL-East leading Rays 2-0

Sep. 19, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wily Peralta gave up three hits in seven innings, and Eric Haase and Dustin Garneau homered for the Detroit Tigers in a 2-0 win over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Peralta (4-3) and three relievers limited the Rays to five...

Rays place CF Kevin Kiermaier on COVID-19 related IL

Sep. 18, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays placed center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on the COVID-19 related injured list due to general illness symptoms and selected the contract of right-hander Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Durham before Saturday’s game against Detroit. ...

Candelario and Garneau homer, Tigers beat Rays 4-3

Sep. 18, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) — Jeimer Candelario and Dustin Garneau homered to lead the Detroit Tigers over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Saturday. Tampa Bay has a 7½-game margin over second place Boston. Toronto is 8½ games back and the New York Yankees trail...

Phillips homers in 10th as Rays rally to beat Tigers 7-4

Sep. 17, 2021 23:43 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brett Phillips hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Friday night. The Rays maintained their 8 1/2-game lead in the AL...

Guerrero hits 46th HR, but Twins hit 3 in row, top Blue Jays

Sep. 17, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. connected for his major league-leading 46th homer, but Jorge Polanco, Josh Donaldson, and Miguel Sanó hit consecutive homers as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Friday night. “When we score, we tend to score in...

Rays beat Tigers 5-2, extend AL East lead to 8 1/2 games

Sep. 16, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yandy Díaz hit a leadoff home run and Mike Zunino later connected, reliever Dietrich Enns pitched four solid innings and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Thursday night. The Rays lead second place Boston and...

Triston McKenzie, Indians take 1st game; Twins gain DH split

Sep. 14, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Triston McKenzie was sent to Triple-A four times this season, as the lanky 24-year-old worked through some early struggles. Now Cleveland has another budding star pitcher, turning in one stellar start after another. McKenzie...