Promote Top Pitching Prospect Jose De Leon
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 7:56
SS Tim Beckham had just one hit Monday but it was a big one as his three-run homer in the seventh inning was the difference. Beckham then hit a 1-0 pitch over the 14-foot wall in left-center field for his eighth homer of the season.
What De Leon did earn, however, was his first Rays win - his third of his career after picking up two with the Dodgers previous year.
Instant replay and observations from the Rangers' 9-5 win at home Tuesday. Nomar Mazara was the third straight batter to reach starting the game for Texas with an RBI single before Andriese retired the next five.
Texas starter Nick Martinez gave up all three home runs for the Rays, who started the day tied with Washington for the major league lead with 76 homers.
Having used the majority of their bullpen arms in Sunday's 15-inning game against the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon added some much-needed depth by promoting Jose De Leon. Jose Alvarado did it against Miami on May 3 following his promotion from Double-A Montgomery.
De Leon last pitched May 23 during a four-inning start with Triple-A Durham. While Bibens-Dirkx has looked sharp in a few innings this season, this will be his first ever start, so who knows what you're going to get. OF Peter Bourjos went on the 10-day disabled list because of tennis elbow. Gallo was at first base in place of Mike Napoli, who had back stiffness, and had a couple of nice defensive plays. Hu struck out three and walked two, not yielding any hits. At least he's reliable - in all seven of those starts, he's gone at least five innings but no more than seven. The Rangers have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 16 games.