Rays jump to 3-0 lead in American League Wild Card Game


Tampa Bay has increased its early lead in this American League Wild Card Game in Cleveland.

James Loney and Evan Longoria hit consecutive one-out singles in the top of the fourth inning and then Desmond Jennings — who was hobbled near the end of the regular season by a badly-strained left hamstring — punched a two-out two-run double down the left field line to score Loney from third base and Longoria all the way from the first base bag.

Alex Cobb has sufficiently out-dueled fire-balling Indians starter Danny Salazar through the first four frames and the Rays will carry a 3-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the fourth but Asdrubal Cabrera hit into an inning-ending doubleplay.

That doubleplay quieted what was a pretty raucous crowd at the Indians’ Progressive Field.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.