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Manuel Margot has been scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Phillies with a sore foot. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rays are just playing it safe with Margot after he fouled a ball off his foot on Saturday.

Category: Injury Updates

Randy Arozarena is playing second base and hitting third on Sunday against the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: The 25-year-old hasn't played second base since he was a teenager in Cuba. It's not a given that Arozarena will be able to handle second base at the big league level, but the Rays are willing to experiment since they already clinched the No. 1 seed in the American League.

Yoshi Tsutsugo went 1-for-1 with three walks and an RBI in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Tsutsugo hasn't hit as well as many were hoping for in his first season with the Rays. With just one game left in the regular season he's batting .204 with eight homers and a .730 OPS. He'll still be an important situational player for Tampa Bay this postseason.

Category: Game Recaps

Aaron Slegers pitched the final three innings of Saturday's 4-3 win over the Phillies, allowing one run on four hits to earn the save.

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay has now clinched the No. 1 seed in the American League. This was Sleger's second save of the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Blake Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young award winner, will start Game One against Houston on Tuesday. He will be followed in the rotation by Tyler Glasnow and Charlie Morton.

Fantasy Impact: Snell has a 3.24 ERA, 3.05 xFIP, 11.34 K/9 and 3.50 K/BB in 50 innings pitched this season. He is a worthy choice to start Game One for the AL's best team.

Yandy Diaz (hamstring) went through a full workout on Friday. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's a chance Diaz returns on Saturday or Sunday, but the Rays are just hoping to have him back for the playoffs.

Category: Injury Updates

Ji-Man Choi (hamstring) got in a full workout on Friday. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rays are hoping to have Choi back sometime towards the beginning of the playoffs but that isn't a certainty just yet.

Category: Injury Updates

John Curtiss struck out the side to earn his second save of the season in the Rays' 6-4 win over the Phillies on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Curtiss was dominant, needing just 12 pitches to close out Philadelphia. He has a 1.85 ERA in 16 appearances this season. Tampa Bay has already won the American League East for the first time since 2010.

Category: Game Recaps

Charlie Morton received a no-decision in his final regular season start of the year on Friday against the Phillies, striking out eight while allowing four runs (three earned) over five innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Morton allowed seven hits and one walk as the Rays eventually won 6-4. It wasn't the season that fantasy managers were hoping for when they used an early-round draft pick on Morton. One year after registering a 3.05 ERA with 240 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings, Morton put up a 4.74 mark to go along with 42 strikeouts in 38 frames. He's in line to start the third game of the Rays' Wild Card round (if necessary).

Category: Game Recaps

Joey Wendle went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk as the Rays took down the Mets 8-5 on Wednesday to clinch the American League East.

Fantasy Impact: Wendle is now riding a six game hitting streak in which he has two homers. He's a more valuable "real life" player for Tampa Bay than he is a fantasy asset.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Lowe went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI, and two runs scored as the Rays beat the Mets on Wednesday to clinch the American League East.

Fantasy Impact: It's fitting that Lowe played a role in the clinching game. The 26-year-old was a legitimate AL MVP candidate for much of the season's first half. He eventually cooled a bit as all streaky hitters do, but overall he remained Tampa Bay's best hitter for the year. Lowe is hitting .274 with 11 homers and a .933 OPS with just a few games left in the 2020 campaign.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyler Glasnow improved to 5-1 in his final regular season start on Wednesday against the Mets, striking out eight over six innings while allowing just two earned runs.

Fantasy Impact: Glasnow allowed just three hits and one walk. He finishes this odd 2020 campaign with a 4.08 ERA, but that doesn't highlight how well he has pitched lately. Glasnow's ERA sat at 6.00 in the middle of August, and he struck out 91 in 57 1/3 innings this year. His curveball was so filthy on Wednesday that Pete Alonso swung at a pitch that bounced a good five feet in front of the plate. Expect the 27-year-old to start one of the Rays' first two playoff games next week.

Category: Game Recaps

Jose Alvarado (shoulder, lat) threw a 26-pitch bullpen session on Monday. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The next step is for Alvarado to pitch in a simulated game on Thursday. The big lefty is aiming to return at some point in the postseason.

Category: Injury Updates

Nate Lowe hit his fourth homer of the year to help propel Tampa Bay to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Lowe also walked and scored twice. The 25-year-old now has a .913 OPS in 17 games since being recalled from the club's alternate training site. He's the type of hot hitter who fantasy managers should want in their lineups during championship week.

Category: Game Recaps

Nick Anderson struck out one in a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth save of the season on Monday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson slammed the door on a 2-1 victory. The 30-year-old has been downright phenomenal this year, allowing just one run over 15 innings pitched. He has a 25/2 K/BB ratio during that time to go along with six saves and six holds. He's a very valuable asset in leagues that count both saves and holds.

Category: Game Recaps

Mike Zunino (oblique) went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his return on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Zunino was activated off the injured list prior to Sunday's game. He wound up missing about a month with an oblique strain. He certainly isn't a fantasy option the rest of the way.

Category: Game Recaps

Willy Adames provided the only run of the ballgame for the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a solo homer as the team fell to the Orioles 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: John Means was mighty impressive in this one and the Rays didn't have much of an answer for him. Adames has been in a massive slump lately, but he has now two homers in his last three games. Fantasy managers in 12-team leagues can likely do better during the upcoming championship matchup week.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Yarbrough received a tough-luck loss on Sunday in Baltimore, spinning seven innings of two-run ball while striking out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Yarbrough allowed five hits and two walks as the Rays lost 2-1. The eight strikeouts were a season-high for Yarbrough, who has had an up-and-down year but looks poised to finish strong after two straight productive outings. His final regular season start will come against the Phillies at home.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Sherriff pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season in Friday's 2-1 wino ver the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Sherriff needed just nine pitches to slam the door. Nick Anderson took care of the 2-3-4 hitters in the eighth inning, which left the ninth for Sherriff. He isn't worth adding, though, as Tampa Bay is always mixing and matching in the ninth inning.

Category: Game Recaps

The Rays placed Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 oblique strain. (Source: Marc Topkin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Meadows left Thursday's game against the Orioles with oblique soreness. Since it's a Grade 2 strain there's a chance he might not return this season. Tampa Bay would need to go on a deep playoff run for him to make it back. This definitely hurts, but the Rays will surely find a way to work around it.

Category: Injury Updates