ST. PETERSBURG — The final time the Rays saw the Dodgers, Los Angeles was celebrating its victory in the 2020 Globe Series in Arlington, Texas, the neutral web-site amid extreme pandemic restrictions.
Friday, they will meet once again, with the Rays in possession of the ideal record (37-15) in the American League and the Dodgers the second-ideal (31-20, percentage points behind Atlanta) in the National League. It will be L.A.’s initial go to to Tropicana Field due to the fact 2019 and just its fifth all round.
How huge a deal it is depends on whom you ask.
To Rays infielder Taylor Walls, it is practically nothing unique.
“I do not know, they’re just yet another group, I guess,” he stated. “I honestly forgot we played them (this weekend) till you just described it. We just show up just about every day, appear at the activity at hand, appear at the scouting report and attempt to place collectively a program to be profitable that day. And that is quite significantly it.
“We do not definitely place also significantly believed into precisely who we’re playing or the hype about it or what the possibilities could be in the future.”
Rays manager Kevin Money requires the ball from beginning pitcher Blake Snell (four) in the sixth inning of Game six of the 2020 Globe Series against the Dodgers.
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To outfielder Randy Arozarena, who had a breakout functionality for the duration of the 2020 postseason, it is a reminder of a missed chance.
“I had a quite great Series,” he stated by means of group interpreter Manny Navarro, “but I wanted the Globe Series ring. I wanted to win it.”
Plus, Arozarena pointed out, “it’s a incredibly various group.”
“2020 was 2020 and it is in the previous, but this is year 2023,” he stated. “We’re attempting to get to the playoffs and we consider we can do it, and (want to) play a great series against them.”
To Rays manager Kevin Money — regardless of the six-game loss and scrutiny of his choice to take out starter Blake Snell in Game six — it is a possibility to appear back and smile at the highlights, which includes the wild Game four win sparked by Brett Phillips.
“Great memories,” Money stated. “A lot of enjoyable. Definitely, we came up quick, but definitely appreciated that, seeking back how special that 2020 postseason was, finding to the Globe Series. Proud of that, to be a aspect of that group. And I’m certain it will be talked about more than this weekend with (the Dodgers) coming in.”
Rays relief pitcher Calvin Faucher (58) pitches in the prime of the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday at Tropicana Field.
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The Rays continued their bullpen shuffle, recalling Calvin Faucher from Triple-A and activating left-hander Jake Diekman from the paternity list.
To make area, reliever Ben Heller and infielder Vidal Brujan, who have been known as up Wednesday, have been optioned back to Durham.
Faucher produced the opening-day roster but was sent down April 30 (just after compiling a six.43 ERA in eight games, enabling 16 hits and six walks in 14 innings) to get perform in bullpen sessions refining what Money known as “stupid good” stuff. Faucher pitched in only 3 games for the Bulls, enabling 3 hits and 3 walks more than four-two/three innings. Thursday, he worked a one particular-stroll eighth.
“It’s nonetheless a perform in progress,” Money stated prior to the game. “He can definitely support us. We’ve just got to uncover a way to get him in the zone a small bit far more regularly. But his stuff fits definitely properly with the back finish of our bullpen …. his two breaking balls that he throws, and the fastball.”
Brujan was brought up as a hedge offered uncertainty more than the availability of corner infielder Yandy Diaz due to a loved ones matter. Diaz was back with the group Thursday and “totally available” if required, Money stated.
Diekman returned just after going household to Nebraska for the birth of a daughter on Monday. He had a rough outing Thursday, coming in for the ninth with a six-1 lead and enabling two one particular-out singles and a stroll to make a save circumstance that Colin Poche, just after a bases-loaded stroll and a sacrifice fly, converted.
Rays beginning pitcher Zach Eflin pitches in the initial inning Thursday at Tropicana Field.
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Lefty Jalen Beeks will be the opener Friday, with correct-hander Cooper Criswell anticipated to perform bulk innings. … The Rays are the initial group with two seven-steal games in the very same season due to the fact the 1995 Astros. … As the Rays attempt to enhance and stabilize their bullpen, they’ve benefited from 4 seven-inning begins (two each and every by Shane McClanahan and Zach Eflin) more than their final seven games. … Eflin is six- with a two.19 ERA in six begins at the Trop. … Attendance was ten,736 Thursday, for a 4-game total of 40,198.
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