Trevor Bauer has been optioned back to Columbus, and the club announced it would not immediately replace him on the roster. Jason Giambi is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Bauer made his first start of the season Saturday night and gave up three runs and two hits in five innings. But he also walked seven. He was taking the place of Scott Kazmir, who is on the DL with a strained rib cage.
Carlos Carrasco, scheduled to start Tuesday, can fill Kazmir’s spot in the rotation.
JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS? — When Cody Allen hit Evan Longoria to start the seventh inning Saturday, umpire Dale Scott warned both benches, indicating he thought Allen had thrown at the batter intentionally.
According to Rays manager Joe Maddon, “It’s pretty much a consensus opinion that he did it intentionally. However, I’ll say one thing unequivocally. I know it did not come from Tito [Terry Francona]. I know he would not do that. … For me, it had to come from one of the players, and I would absolutely point to their bullpen.”
There didn’t seem to be any provocation for Allen to hit anyone, despite Maddon’s considered opinion.
“Somebody tweeted me [what Maddon said] about 12:30 last night,” Francona said. “I respect Joe a lot, but he lost me on that one.’’
Allen said the pitch got away from him.
“I yanked a curveball [in the dirt] right before that,” he said. “So I tried to go back in on him. I didn’t want him to get [his arms] extended. There was no need to hit him there. It just got away from me.”
WHO KNEW? — Most fans missed Matt Albers being thrown out of the game by second-base umpire C.B. Bucknor at the end of the sixth inning Saturday night.
Albers was arguing a play at second that started the inning but waited until three outs were made to complain.
“I just got a little upset,” he said. “The umpire saw me kind of yelling at him, and he tossed me. It’s the first time I really said anything to an umpire. I lost my cool. It happens.”
It was the first ejection of Albers’ career.
As a practical matter, Albers’ dismissal didn’t affect the game.
“He was coming out anyway,” Francona said. “It probably cost him $500 [a fine].”
SKEWED PRIORITIES? — Few teams have as much trouble attracting paying customers as do the Rays, despite their recent history of success.
Saturday night, they drew more than 32,000 to Tropicana Field on the strength of a giveaway — a David Price figurine — and a promotion that brought in thousands of high school kids.
On Sunday there were fewer people on hand to actually watch Price pitch (21,629) than there were to secure the statuette of his likeness the previous evening.
FARM FACTS — Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up two runs, four hits and three walks, striking out six in five innings, as Columbus lost to Indianapolis 5-3. Jeremy Hermida tripled and singled. … Jacob Lee gave up one run and two hits in six innings, striking out seven, as Carolina defeated Winston-Salem 4-3. Jerrud Sabourin had three hits.
— Sheldon Ocker