The Tampa Bay Rays were expected to be a major player at this year’s non-waiver trade-deadline, and they certainly were after dealing All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos and their top starting pitcher, Chris Archer.
Ramos was dealt to the Phillies an hour before the trade deadline for either a player to be named later or cash, while Archer will also play out the rest of the season in Pennsylvania after Pittsburgh acquired him minutes before the deadline.
Tampa also added to its Major League roster with the acquisition of St. Louis Cardinal center fielder Tommy Pham. In return for Pham, the Rays sent three minor leaguers to the Cardinals, including the team’s No. 14 prospect, Justin Williams.
Pham is hitting .248 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs this season. Last year he hit .306 with 23 home runs for the Cardinals.
While most of this week’s news is revolving around the trade deadline, there are games to be played on the field. The Rays return home after a quick trip to Baltimore to host nine-straight at the Trop, beginning with a three-game set against the Angels Tuesday. The White Sox will be in town for three games beginning Friday before the Orioles round out the home stand next week.
Angels vs. Rays Game 1: Tuesday, July 31 – 7:10 p.m. Game 2: Wednesday, Aug. 1 – 7:10 p.m. Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 2 – 1:10 p.m.
White Sox vs. Rays
Game 1: Friday, Aug. 3 – 7:10 p.m. Game 2: Saturday, Aug. 4 – 6:10 p.m. Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 5 – 1:10 p.m.
Orioles vs. Rays
Game 1: Tuesday, Aug. 7 – 7:10 p.m. Game 2: Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 7:10 p.m. Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 9 – 7:10 p.m.
A look back…
After taking two of three games from the Yankees to conclude their last home stand, the Rays opened with a win in Baltimore before dropping three straight. Those setbacks pushed Tampa back to .500 on the season, as the Rays carry a 53-53 record into their home stand.
A look at the series…
The Angels and Rays will square off for the first time this season on Tuesday night. The Angels are one game better than .500 on the season (54-53) and have split their games on the road, winning 29 and losing 29. The Angels bring with them arguably the best player in the game, Mike Trout, and his team-leading .310 batting average and 29 home runs. Fans will also have a chance to watch Albert Pujols as he continues his assault on the Major League Baseball all-time home runs list. Pujols has launched 631 round-trippers in his career, recently passing Ken Griffey Jr. on that list. His next target is Willie Mays and his 660 home runs.
Like the Angels, the White Sox are also in fourth place in their division (AL Central) and don’t stand much hope of making the postseason. This will be the second meeting between the Rays and White Sox this year. Tampa captured two of three games at Chicago earlier this season.
After beginning the year with a pair of wins in Baltimore, the Rays dropped three straight to their American League East rival last week and are 5-4 overall against Baltimore this year. Baltimore comes into the week at the bottom of the division with its 32 wins tied with Kansas City for the least in the Major Leagues.
For the fans…
Tuesday: $2 Kids Tuesdays presented by Morgan Auto Group Wednesday: Senior Special Wednesdays presented by Duke Energy Thursday: $19.98 Ticket Combo Thursday presented by Coca-Cola Friday: $7.11 for upper deck tickets presented by 7-Eleven Saturday: All fans in attendance will receive a Akinori Iwamura Bobblehead* presented by Fanatics Sunday: All fans 14 and younger will receive a Kevin Kiermaier Lunch Box* presented by 7-Eleven *While supplies last
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