ST. SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow due to return to rotation in Cleveland after being away for almost 14 months due to Tommy John surgery.
The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year did not compete this season after undergoing procedure on August 4, 2021.
“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be playing for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said ahead of the Toronto game. “This is the first time he’s been dumped without pain in a long time, so he’s excited about it.”
The 6-foot 8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays are next to the wild card spot.
“Compared to the past, like three years, it seems to be a lot better in terms of the post-day and the week leading up to starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have UCL, you know.”
Cash said Glasnow would throw about 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him two or three innings to get through.
“Two innings at Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “I would like to get three opportunities. If we do that, great. If we don’t, that’s fine too.”
Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts in seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.
“I’m very excited,” Glasnow said. “I approach this as usual, staying in the routine. Feels fine.”
Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract last month that will delay the start of his free agency by one year. He makes $5.1 million this year, $5.35 million next season, and $25 million in 2024. This is the first year he could qualify for free will.
BALTIMORE – Julius Gurriel hit a two-run single to end the ninth-inning uprising that saw the Houston Astros sweep the Baltimore Orioles 11–10 on Saturday night, giving manager Dusty Baker his landmark 100th win of the season.
Houston trailed 9-7 before setting up a four-round rally against the closer Orioles. Felix Bautista (4-4). Kyle Tucker equalized with an RBI double and Gurriel followed with a single, a key volley in that swing duel.
On the verge of catching up in the playoff hunt, the Orioles lost four games to Seattle in their pursuit of the AL’s third and final wild card. Both teams have 11 games left.
“Every game you lose now hurts you,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We have to recover and try to win the series tomorrow.”
Anthony Santander hit two home runs for the Orioles, and Cedric Mullins as well as rough smell also deepened. But Baltimore couldn’t hold back the Houston roster, which lost twice in a row to the Orioles.
Baker joined Hall of Famers Sparky Anderson, Tony La Russa and Whitey Herzog as the only managers in major league history to have 100 season wins in both leagues.
Now in his 25th season as a major league manager, Baker made his 1993 debut with the San Francisco Giants and won 103 games. He never reached triple figures again until this season, his third in Houston.
Anderson accomplished the feat with Cincinnati and Detroit, La Russa did it with Oakland and St. Louis, and Herzog had success with Kansas City and the Cardinals.
“That’s not all,” Baker said. “This year has been a record year in many ways and we have a couple more records to go.”
Bautista made 13 straight saves and came in with a 1.71 ERA, but that night he had three strikeouts and gave up four runs.
“He won’t always be perfect,” Hyde said. “It’s a hiccup.”
But that wasn’t enough in this wild slugfest. Ryan Pressly conceded to a homer in the ninth inning by Odor, but earned a 31st save.
“They had some big hits, we had some big hits. They celebrated, we celebrated,” Baker said. “I’m just glad we won. It was a strange game.”
Starter Astros Framber Valdes seven runs allowed, four earned and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. It was the first time in 26 starts since April 19 that the left-hander has failed to pass at least six innings, and it was the most runs he has given up since September 6, 2020 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Valdez finished in sixth after losing a single, a walk and an RBI single to Mountcastle to give Baltimore a 7–6 lead.
The lead didn’t hold, but two innings later, Santander turned the game back and forth toward Baltimore.
Sold from Orioles to Houston in August Trey Mancini received warm applause from Baltimore fans on his return Thursday night and cheered again on Friday night. But Mancini was on the bench Saturday after going 1-for-22 with six strikeouts in his last six games (dropping his average with Houston to .184). “We’re going to give Mancini a couple of days off because I think he needs it,” Baker said.
THANK YOU BROOKS
Hall of Famer third baseman Brooks Robinson was honored before the game on the 45th anniversary of his retirement. The former Oriole waved to fans as he was wheeled across the field in a convertible, stopping briefly to chat with Baker and the Astros’ third baseman. Alex Bregman. Robinson, 85, also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Astros: SS Jeremy Peña walked out in the sixth inning with a bruised face. Baker said Peña had passed his concussion protocol and would have a scheduled day off on Sunday.
Orioles: INF Ramon Urias returned to the starting XI after being eliminated with neck and back spasms. … PD John Means has worked at the team’s gym and intends to return next year after undergoing an ulnar ligament replacement surgery. “We are very pleased with how the work is progressing,” Hyde said.
Astros: Christian Xavier (10-9, 2.77 ERA) The series finale starts on Sunday. In his final outing, the right-hander threw five close innings to defeat Tampa Bay.
Orioles: right-handed Austin Voth (5-3, 2.84 with Baltimore) makes his 17th start since being acquired by a waiver by Washington in June.