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Jeffrey Springs tossed a perfect ninth inning on Sunday, holding onto a two-run lead against the Yankees to collect his first career save.

Fantasy Impact: Springs is off to a good start in his first season with the Rays with a 1.29 ERA and nine strikeouts in seven innings. The 28-year-old lefty is typically used in a setup role by the team and is worth an add in leagues that count holds and saves as a category.

Category: Game Recaps


Joey Wendle went 2-for-3 with a solo homer on Sunday, leading the Rays to a 4-2 win, and a three-game series sweep against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Wendle is off to a great start at the plate for the Rays to start the season hitting .340 with three home runs, 11 runs scored and 11 RBI. The 30-year-old infielder is starting at third base and is worth owning in 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

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Ryan Yarbrough gave up one run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts over five innings in a bulk relief appearance on Sunday and was credited with a win against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Yarbrough is now 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 15/4 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings (four appearances, three starts) to start the season. The 29-year-old left-hander is lined up to make his next appearance, either as a starter or bulk reliever, against the Blue Jays at home on Saturday.

Category: Game Recaps


Francisco Mejia went 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run, a double, and an additional RBI during Saturday's 6-3 win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Mejia is off to a strong start with his bat and has a .333/.370/.542 slash line with one home run, two doubles, and five RBI through eight games this season. Mejia is splitting time with Mike Zunino at catcher and is worth owning in 12-14 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

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Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, an additional run scored, and a stolen base during Saturday's 6-3 win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Margot has a .279/.340/.512 slash line with two home runs, two doubles, seven runs, seven RBI, and two stolen bases through 13 games this season. The 26-year-old outfielder is worth owning in 12-14 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

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Diego Castillo fired a perfect ninth inning and struck out two batters in the win against the Yankees on Saturday to collect his fourth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castillo has four saves in five chances with a 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio across 7 2/3 innings this season. Castillo definitely seems to have the closing role to himself in Tampa Bay and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.

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Tyler Glasnow recorded seven strikeouts over five innings giving up one run on two hits on Saturday in a win over the Yankees by a 6-3 score.

Fantasy Impact: Glasnow has been dominant to start the season for the Jays and over four starts has a 0.73 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 36/7 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old lefty faces the Blue Jays in his next outing on Friday.

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It appears Kevin Kiermaier (left quadriceps strain) is healthy again. The veteran outfielder was officially activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old isn't in the starting lineup today but should see game action on Sunday against Gerrit Cole. The defensive wizard and stellar base-runner took live at-bats on Thursday and Friday and participated in a sim game today, so there is clearly evidence that he's healthy enough to return.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Brandon Lowe is absent from Saturday's lineup against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Lowe is sitting opposite the lefty Jordan Montgomery. Mike Brosseau, who hits southpaws well, is filling in today.


Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk while scoring a run and driving in two on Friday as the Rays defeated the Yankees by an 8-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Zunino has started the season hitting .161 with a 31% strikeout rate. The veteran catcher struggles with the bat but can provide power numbers but is only worth owning in deeper fantasy formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Randy Arozarena went 1-for-4 with a walk and a double while scoring a run and driving in a run on Friday as the Rays beat the Yankees by an 8-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Through 13 games, Arozarena has a .264 batting average with a .341 on base percentage with two home runs, six RBI and eight runs scored. The 26-year-old is worth owning in most fantasy formats.

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Michael Wacha allowed one hit and two walks while striking out nine in six scoreless innings to earn the win against the Yankees on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Wacha had a nice bounce back after giving up seven runs in his first two appearances. The veteran now has a 4.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 15 innings to begin the season. Wacha lines up to make his next start on the road against Kansas City on Wednesday.

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Austin Meadows went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts in Thursday's extra-inning loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Meadows recorded his fourth RBI of 2021 with a third inning single Thursday. Hitting safely in 9-of-13, Meadows owns a .234 average and three home runs.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Brosseau went 2-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI in Thursday's extra-inning loss to the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Brosseau went deep for the first time this season, driving in a pair to tie the game in the fourth. Recording a hit in five of the seven games he's appeared in, Brosseau owns a .300 batting average to go along with three RBI.

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Rich Hill allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers. He walked two while striking out a pair.

Fantasy Impact: For the third straight start, Hill allowed four runs, though his record still stands at 1-0 after receiving the no-decision Wednesday. He'll seek to improve 2021's 7.53 ERA next week in Kansas City.

Category: Game Recaps


Yandy Diaz went 2-for-4 with two singles in Tampa Bay's 5-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: For the second straight game, Diaz earned two hits against Texas pitching. A 7-for-16 stretch in the past week has risen his average to .286 for the year.

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Josh Fleming allowed just one run in his first start of the season on Wednesday versus the Rangers, striking out two over five innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: The lack of strikeouts certainly isn't ideal, but Fleming still pitched well enough to keep Tampa Bay in the game. It's unclear if he's going to make another start, but it appears as if it would come next week against the Royals if he does. Fleming isn't really a fantasy option at this time.

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Willy Adames went 1-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run in Monday's 1-0 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Adames now has two home runs to go along with three runs scored and four RBI over 10 games. The 25-year-old shortstop is worth owning in deeper fantasy leagues but is not a must-own in standard formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Rays manager Kevin Cash notes that Chris Archer could start throwing by the end of this week, but he's shut down for a few additional days. The team is hopeful that it's a short injured list stint. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In two appearances, Chris Archer totaled six strikeouts and one walk in 4.1 innings. However, he allowed seven hits and three earned runs. The velocity was down on his fastball averaging at 91.6 mph down from 94.1 in 2019 and 94.6 in 2018. It's difficult to hold onto Archer in 15-team leagues with no injured list spots, but he's someone to monitor if was dropped in deeper leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


RHP Trevor Richards was recalled by the Rays on Monday. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Richards didn’t make the Opening Day roster after a rough spring. He allowed eight runs across seven 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old could join the Rays rotation after RHP Chris Archer was placed on the injured list. Richards owned a 5.91 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, and 27 strikeouts across 32 innings for the Rays in 2020.

Category: Transactions


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