Rays want fortified dugout phone for Boston’s next visit


The Rays are by far the hottest team in Major League Baseball — 21-3 since June 28 — and currently hold a half-game lead over the Red Sox in the American League East standings. So let the taunting begin?

Here’s how the Rays’ official Twitter account reacted to Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s violent smashing of the dugout-to-press box phone on Saturday night at Baltimore’s Camden Yards:

September 10 is the start date of the next Red Sox vs. Rays series at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.