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Cabrera suffered the injury Saturday while scoring on a Rene Rivera RBI single. It looked like a bad strain, but he should be able to return before the end of the month. Cabrera has hit just .223/.275/.352 in 325 plate appearances this season for the Rays, but his defensive ratings have been fantastic so far.
Tampa Bay figures to use a combination of Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore in Cabrera’s absence.
Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera exited Saturday’s game against the Astros after two innings due to a hamstring injury, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He had doubled in the bottom half of the second and came around to score on a Rene Rivera single. He was hobbling on his way home, and eventually collapsed on the on-deck circle in front of the dugout.
The Rays made a series of changes to account for Cabrera’s injury. Kevin Kiermaier entered to play center field, Jake Elmore switched from left field to shortstop, Joey Butler moved from right field to left field, and Brandon Guyer moved from center field to right field.
After the game, manager Kevin Cash said he’s hearing good things about Cabrera’s injury, via Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune. Cabrera also said his hamstring is feeling better. So it may not be that serious, but they’ll know more when he undergoes further testing.
Cabrera, 29, is batting .223/.275/.352 with five home runs and 22 RBI on the season.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was ejected in between innings during Thursday’s game against the Rays by home plate umpire Chris Segal for arguing balls and strikes. Cain didn’t like a called strike on a pitch Rays reliever Steve Geltz threw. The strike zone graphic shown by FOX Sports Kansas City showed that the pitch was a bit inside, but it looked much worse because catcher Rene Rivera set up outside and the pitch ran inside. Pitches like that are typically called balls.
Cain wasn’t immediately ejected. In fact, he took a rather diplomatic approach to the dispute, as Matthew DeFranks of 810 WHB in Kansas City details:
Cain, recently nominated to his first All-Star team, had hit his eighth home run of the season earlier in that game. He’s currently hitting .312/.371/.489 with 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases while playing terrific defense in center field.
Brian McCann played hero in the Bronx last night, launching a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees a wild 7-5 win over the Rays.
The Rays grabbed an early 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka while Chris Archer tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but Mark Teixeira slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to draw even. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the 12th on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera, but Steve Geltz couldn’t hold the lead. Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk to begin the bottom of the 12th before Chase Headley struck out swinging. However, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira followed with back-to-back singles to bring the Yankees within one run. That brought McCann to the plate:
The Yankees hold a one-game lead in the American League East right now, but the Orioles, Rays, and Blue Jays are all within two games. There’s no clear favorite in this group, so we should probably get used to the drama.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Marlins 2, Cubs 1
Rays 5, Yankees 7 (12 innings)
Indians 5, Pirates 2
Blue Jays 6, Tigers 8
Giants 1, Nationals 2
Astros 12, Red Sox 8
Brewers 12, Reds 1
Angels 8, Rangers 2
Phillies 1, Braves 2
Orioles 0, White Sox 1
Padres 2, Cardinals 1
Twins 2, Royals 3 (10 innings)
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)
Mariners 9, Athletics 5
Mets 2, Dodgers 1
Rays manager Kevin Cash was not a happy camper after last night’s game. Particularly, after a call that led to a replay review.
In the first inning, Mariners outfielder Seth Smith scored on a fielder’s choice. While Smith slid before the tag was applied, Rays catcher Rene Rivera had the ball and blocked the front of the plate with his foot, applying the tag. There wasn’t a question over the plate block, just over whether Smith got his foot on the bag:
Cash took issue with the initial “safe” call, which weighed the replay review in the Mariners’ favor, given how the burden of proof works on replay challenges. And after the game he sounded off:
Noting he had no recourse “other than just to tell them how bad they stink,” Cash made clear how much he disagreed with the call.
“Terrible. Terrible. It’s embarrassing,” he said. “We spend so much time on pace of play, let’s just the damn call right on the field. It’s terrible. They ought to be embarrassed. Feels like we got beat twice tonight.”
Cash was also upset on base-runner placement on a later review in which an Evan Longoria hit was initially called foul but then ruled fair. The runner who was on first at the time time was awarded third base but Cash thought he should be awarded home, believing he would’ve scored had the umps called the ball fair initially. Which seems correct, as the left fielder fell down trying to catch it and the baserunner, Joey Butler was in between second and third already. Watch it here.
It’s easy to understand Cash’s frustration. Maybe even more so on the second play than the first. But it’ll also likely be the case that Major League Baseball will fine Cash for his postgame comments. Because, while umpires don’t have much apparent accountability for their actions, managers do.