St. PETERSBURG – There’s a reason Reyes chased after Corey Klopper after the 2020 season when he eventually signed for the Yankees, and then followed him up again after the 2021 season.
And I saw why on a Sunday afternoon.
Kluber, who signed a one-year $8 million contract with Tampa Bay, didn’t have the best of him on his debut for the Rays on Sunday, yet he managed to throw the closing ball for 4 innings in the 8-0 win over Baltimore.
After receiving three hits and four walks, Klopper was running outside the stretching range of half of the 20 hitters he encountered. But he kept the Orioles uninjured with the sprinters in the scoring position.
“I had some promotions that I would say weren’t necessarily competitive,” Klopper said. “But, you know, I was able to make the adjustments and kind of reboot them when I needed to do shows.”
Pinned by shoulder problems in 17 games in 2020-21, Rays wants to be careful not to increase Kluber – he turned 36 on Sunday – after his brief spring training stint. However, manager Kevin Cash kept him on the mound for 87 runs before finally taking him out, far from qualifying for the win.
“We wanted to give him that final in fifth place, but we felt like the pitch came in over that, and we got a little uncomfortable,” said Cash. “But he will have plenty of chances to get his W.”
Ryan Yarbro pinches his thigh. Tommy Romero to the rescue
Lefty Ryan Yarbrough is heading to the injured list as a precautionary step after adjusting his quadriceps muscle. Do not expect the rays to be a long-term movement. Right-hand man Tommy Romero of Triple-A Durham has been called up and will likely make his Major League debut on Tuesday, which should have been Yarbrough’s start to the season. The team has not decided whether Romero will start the game or throw a group innings after the opening game. Romero, 24, threw three rounds of the closing ball on his debut in Durham last week, having scored 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA between Double A and Triple A in 2021.
Josh Lowe earned early praise
Rookie Josh Lowe has a 0.417 percentage on base in his first three games of the season, but more than that, Cash impressed with the way he handled his rackets. Lowe averaged 5.2 tones per palette appearance. “His bats might be the highlight of the show in an offensive way,” Cash said. “I mean, I know he got a hat-trick (on Saturday) but just a lot of long hits, clearing hard pitches, hard pitch fouling, twice here and there. Very impressive for a guy who came into the season with one hit (big league).”
Here are the motives of Louis Patino
After wearing the No. 61 as a rookie in 2021, Luis Patino turned to former Race Shortstop Willie Adams, who is now No. 1 this season. Patino, who had his first start to the season on Monday against athletics, wanted the number 16 but was told by the senior players that he was off-limits. Number 16, you see, belongs to Cash. The manager said he would be happy to give it to Patino but he complied with the front desk’s wishes. “If he wants to win the Cy Young award, he can get it,” Cash said.
Monday’s game against Auckland is the first with a new start time for weekday matches at 6:40. …a two-stage home run Homer Brandon Lowe finished 0 for 27, including a no-kick postseason game against the Red Sox at ALDS. … From the occult information department, Wander Franco is the fifth MLS player aged 21 or younger to make two out of three games in his first three games of the season. Among that group are Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Ty Cobb. …because Kluber didn’t complete five rounds, Jeffrey Springs took his retirement win by one-hit with two base runners in the fifth inning.
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