Curt Casali is having one heck of a week

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A week ago I had only the vaguest notion of what a Curt Casali was. Rule 5 guy I think in . . . some organization? Tigers? Not important. This is a national-focus website so we really can’t and don’t spend much time on the 24th-through-40th man on the roster.

But then he has a week like this and we all now know who Curt Casali is.

Casali hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth in last night’s Rays win over the Tigers. He also hit two home runs on Monday. He also hit one on Saturday. For the year — which, for him, started on June 13 on the major league level — Casali is hitting .300/.345/.780 in 55 plate appearances.

Those two homers came off of his former Vanderbilt teammate David Price. Who, after the game, congratulated him on his night, even if he did so with some frowny-face emojis.

Who knows what kind of career Casali will have the rest of the way, but if nothing else good ever happens for him, he has this past week. And he should print out and frame the text from Price.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.