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10:40 AM PT11:40 AM MT12:40 PM CT1:40 PM ET13:40 ET17:40 GMT1:40 10:40 AM MST12:40 PM EST1:10 PM VEN21:40 UAE11:40 AM CT, July 31, 2022
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 18,023

Rays look to best Guardians after acquiring David Peralta

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Guardians at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Cleveland and Tampa Bay are facing off for the first time this season after the Guardians snapped the Rays 11-game winning streak in the series with its win in Cleveland on July 25, 2021. Tampa Bay has won eight of the last nine matchups at Tropicana Field.
  2. Shane Bieber is tied for the third most strikeouts on the road (71) this season in MLB. Since 2018, when striking out at least five batters in a road game, Bieber holds the third best team record (min. 30 games) in MLB at 36-14 (.720), trailing only Justin Verlander (32-8, .800) and Clayton Kershaw (27-8, .771).
  3. Riding an 11-game hitting streak, rookie Steven Kwan is the first Cleveland rookie to record 90+ hits and .290+ batting average through his first 86 games of his career since 2015 (Francisco Lindor, 107 hits and .316 AVG).
  4. Tampa Bay has lost five of their last six games and has scored three or fewer runs in each of those five losses (all road games). The Rays have the fifth best record in MLB when recording three or fewer runs at home this season at 8-14 (.364).
  5. Yandy Diaz has the best (min. 250 AB) batting average (.294) and second-most hits (90) on Tampa Bay this season. Diaz is the first Rays' hitter to record 90+ hits and .290+ AVG in his first 89 games of a season since Matt Duffy (107 hits and .306 AVG) in 2018.
  6. Shane McClanahan could become just the fourth pitcher in MLB since 1921 to register 150+ strikeouts, 1.80 ERA or lower, and an opponent average of .175 or lower in his first 20 starts of a season, joining Pedro Martinez (2000 Red Sox), Vida Blue (1971 Athletics), and Sandy Koufax (1963 Dodgers).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/29/2022 thru 7/31/2022

The biggest news for the Tampa Bay Rays wasn't that they broke out of an offensive slump with a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday afternoon.

Sure, the six runs were nice for a team that entered the game with one run scored in its last 18 innings. They had scored 16 runs in their last seven games and were 1-6 in that stretch.

But something more significant happened during the game. The Rays showed they are shooting for a fourth straight postseason appearance and are not overly concerned about on the future.

Tampa Bay parted with 19-year-old catching prospect Christian Cerda in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for veteran outfielder David Peralta.

The nine-year veteran could be in the lineup as early as Sunday when the Rays take on Cleveland in the teams' three-game series finale in St. Petersburg, Fla.

There had been some rumors Tampa Bay was a possible destination for Washington right fielder Juan Soto, who reportedly is on the trade market. But Soto, 23, doesn't fit Tampa Bay's profile because the Rays' current front office generally does not believe in players that come at a high cost.

But acquiring Peralta comes with something the Rays need right away -- a proven and solid bat.

"We think he's somebody that can kind of stabilize our lineup," Tampa Bay general manager Peter Bendix said. "I think the fact that he has experience, that he's been around, that he's seen a lot of things in this game, I think balances out our group really well right now.

Peralta has spent his entire career with Arizona and has 110 home runs, 468 RBIs and a .284 batting average. In 87 games this season, Peralta is hitting .248 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs.

With Wander Franco, Mike Zunino, Manuel Margot and Harold Ramirez out with injuries for the foreseeable future, Peralta is likely to step right into the middle of the lineup.

The Guardians will start Bryan Shaw (4-2, 5.45 ERA). In 19 career relief appearances against the Rays, Shaw is 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA.

Shaw will be going against the best the Rays have to offer in left-hander Shane McClanahan (10-3, 1.76).

The American League starter in the All-Star game, McClanahan has allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last 14 starts. Sunday marks McClanahan's first career appearance against Cleveland.

The youngest team in the major leagues, the Guardians still are hoping to sneak into the playoffs.

They have been rumored as a possible trade destination for Oakland catcher Sean Murphy. But it's unlikely Cleveland will part with any pieces of its nucleus -- Steven Kwan, Amed Rosario, Jose Ramirez, Andres Gimenez and Josh Naylor. The Guardians could look for insurance for Naylor at first base, though.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Naylor was held out of Saturday's game due to a sore ankle. Owen Miller also is day-to-day with a right forearm contusion after being hit with a pitch on Saturday, which forced him to exit the game.

"It was starting to lock up on (Miller) a little bit," Francona said. "I don't know if he could of swung, so that's why we got him out."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 31, 2022

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