Anaheim, California – The Rays have dealt with scheduling issues related to the Hurricanes several times while playing home games on Florida’s west coast.
But now their schedule has been affected by a rare hurricane heading toward the US West Coast, the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years.
Because of Hurricane Hillary, the Rays’ Sunday Series will now be played with the Angels, as part of a doubleheader split, with game times of 4:07 and 9:07 p.m. (Tampa Bay time). This will allow the Rays to head home before the storm’s expected arrival, which is expected to include severe flooding, mudslides, and possibly tornadoes.
“I think MLB probably did the right thing by being proactive with it,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “You wish the best for the safety of all of Southern California. I know they don’t see many Hurricanes that way; it’s been a long time. Perhaps it would be best for both clubs to do this and let us out.”
The Rays Zach Eflin will start the night game, which was the original plan, and an extra rest day. Tyler Glasnow, who was scheduled to play on Sunday, will instead work the apprentice on regular rest. Plus, he’s skipped a throwing session, as he sometimes does, since the start of Monday, when he came back hard from back cramps, so changing wasn’t an issue.
Right-hander Cooper Cresswell will be called up as the 27th man to add depth in the bullpen, which will come in handy since the Rays ran the bullpen on Friday.
Many Rais noted the rarity of the storm.
“I didn’t even know hurricanes were an option here,” said Evelyn. “I’m going to pray for everyone here, because I know their homes probably aren’t as resistant to hurricanes[and]all the mudslides they might get.”
Brandon Lowe added, “It’s so much fun. First hurricane in 84 years, I would have freaked out a little too. Then again, if we had an earthquake in Florida, we might have freaked out a little.”
This would be the Rays’ third doubleheader of the season; They split up at Boston on June 3 and swept through Kansas City on July 15. After playing here on Saturday, the Rays will take a break until hosting the Rockies on Tuesday night.
Wonder Franco reportedly hires a celebrity attorney
Wanderer Franco, who is under investigation by Major League Baseball and the Dominican Republic authorities following social media posts alleging an inappropriate relationship with a minor, is said to have hired famed sports attorney Jay Reisinger, According to news site The Messenger.
Reisinger has represented many baseball players in both MLB criminal and disciplinary matters, including Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Andy Pettitte, and Aroldis Chapman. According to The Messenger, Franco will also have a lawyer in the Dominican Republic.
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Andrew Kittredge is excited to be back
Reliever Andrew Kittredge was understandably excited to join the team after completing rehab in June 2022 from Tommy John elbow surgery. “It’s been a long 14 months or whatever,” he said.
Kittredge said he had some “up and downs” during the process, but felt they “checked all the boxes we needed (at Triple-A Durham) as far as they were ready to go.” He said his speed and overall stuff is “very close to where it used to be” and predicted the return of the “adrenaline bump” to the majors.
After Cash said they would “let him some time to get his head back”, Kittredge was called into action on Friday the 10th against the Angels for a save in his first game. “I didn’t imagine this was the position I was going to be cast in, but I’m glad I got a W,” Kittredge said.
Quarterback Jose Seri wasn’t in the lineup because his left pinky, which was sprained on second down against the Giants on Wednesday, was still sore when he tried to swing. It was used as a story runner in the X. … First base coach Chris Prieto missed the game due to a family medical issue. He served as assistant hitting coach, Dan Dement. … The Rays have won eight straight Opening Matches. … Player Jonathan Aranda, who is a Mexican national, has about 20 relatives and friends in the game.
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