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Sport Watch: Yandy Diaz leads off AL wild-card game with home run

03:55  03 october  2019
03:55  03 october  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

Rays lose 4-1, denting chances of hosting wild-card game

  Rays lose 4-1, denting chances of hosting wild-card game Tampa Bay managed just three hits and lost 4-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, damaging the Rays' chances of hosting the AL Wild Card Game. © APWF Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Kiermaier, top left, relaxes in the dugout with teammates in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto Saturday Sept. 28, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) Matt Duffy homered in the seventh inning, but that was it for Tampa Bay. Duffy finished with two hits and Tommy Pham singled for the team's other hit.

• AL Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire: Wed., 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. • Shop postseason gear: Rays | A's. When is the game and how can I watch it? Yandy Díaz made his return on Sunday, but he’s still not able to play the field, making him strictly a DH or pinch-hit option off the bench against a

Diaz activated, Choi returns to action. Infielder Yandy Diaz looked pretty good at the plate for a guy who’d • The Rays will have Monday off in San Francisco, except for a couple of pitchers who may go over to With one game left, the Mets slugger almost assuredly will win the majors’ home run crown

The Tampa Bay Rays could not have gotten off to a better start in Wednesday’s AL wild-card game against the Oakland A’s.

  Watch: Yandy Diaz leads off AL wild-card game with home run © Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Yandy Diaz led off the game with a solo home run to right field off A’s starter Sean Manaea. He worked the count to 3-1 and then launched an opposite-field home run to put his team up 1-0. Diaz’s homer was the first time a Rays player led off a playoff game with a home run.

Despite the bad start, Manaea struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning.

Tampa Bay countered with Charlie Morton as its starting pitcher in the bottom of the first.

Only one game separated the teams during the regular season; Oakland went 97-65, while Tampa Bay was 96-66.


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