Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and right-hander Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record on Sunday in a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Alexei Ramirez, who was released recently by the San Diego Padres.
The signing comes a few days after news broke that Matt Duffy would likely undergo season-ending surgery on his Achilles.
Ramirez signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Padres last offseason.
Matt Duffy, who the Tampa Bay Rays acquired in the Matt Moore trade, is expected to undergo season-ending surgery.
The procedure would address lingering soreness stemming from a left Achilles injury earlier this season.
Duffy is hitting .260/.312/.360 over 364 plate appearances between the Rays and San Francisco Giants.
The Tampa Bay Rays won't allow Chris Archer to lose 20 games this season, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Archer leads the Major Leagues with 17 losses through Sunday's action.
The right-hander was expected to be among the game's best pitchers this season, but has been a little unlucky. He has a 4.10 ERA, but leads baseball in strikeouts (202) and K/9 (10.8) Archer's FIP is 3.72.
The Rays don't want him to be forever known as having lost 20 games.
Mike Maroth of the Detroit Tigers (2003) was the last pitcher to lose 20 games.
A day after Alex Rodriguez played his final game for the Yankees, the team called up top prospect Aaron Judge, who will make his major league debut Saturday afternoon against the Rays.
The Yankees officially released Rodriguez on Saturday afternoon, ending his 12 years in pinstripes and perhaps his big league career after 22 seasons.
Prospect Tyler Austin was also called up from Triple-A and will make his MLB debut. Austin will hit seventh and play first base.
Austin and Judge launched their Yankees careers with back-to-back home runs in their first major league at-bats Saturday, hitting solo shots off Matt Andriese in the second inning.
Alex Rodriguez's Yankees career ended the way it began a dozen years ago, with a game against the Rays in which he went 1-for-4 with a double.
The evening began with a thunderstorm that descended upon the Bronx just as a ceremony commemorating A-Rod's years was about to begin. The storm forced the participants, who included Reggie Jackson, Mariano Rivera and Hal Steinbrenner, to scramble for cover from the lightning and torrential rains barely five minutes after it had begun.
Friday night's 6-3 Yankees win ended with the most unlikely sight: Rodriguez heading out for the ninth inning with a fielder's glove on his left hand, sent out to play one final inning at third base, a position he had not started at in a game since April 27, 2015.
Miguel Sano did something no one had ever done at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon.
Sano hit a ball so high that it scraped off the roof, some 210 feet above the playing surface.
Evan Longoria kept with the ball and caught it to retire Sano despite it being the first incident of its kind.
"I think it would've hit the roof if it was 30 feet higher. It didn't just graze it. He got the catwalk last year, he got the roof this year," Paul Molitor said.
Tropicana Field is known for its unique ground rules -- especially those pertaining to the catwalks.
Brad Miller was not happy last week when the Tampa Bay Rays informed him that he would no longer be the team's starting shortstop when Matt Duffy came off the disabled list.
The Rays acquired Duffy from the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline.
"I'm not going to change my perception on that whatsoever," Miller said.
Miller has 20 home runs, more than any member of the club other than Evan Longoria.
The 26-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the first time next season and won't be a free agent until 2020.
"I think I've shown them all year how valuable I am," Miller said. "But at the end of the day I've got to go out and play, and that's all that matters."
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.
The trades involved 49 players. Monday began with 18 teams within 5.5 games of a Wild Card berth and trip to the postseason.
The San Francisco Giants will acquire Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays will reportedly receive Matt Duffy, some prospects and cash in the deal.