Marc Topkin

Chirinos Makes Impression On Rays

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When the Rays decided to put John Jaso on the disabled list coming out of the All-Star break, their first choice was to call up Jose Lobaton from Triple-A. But three games and one start into replacing Jaso, Lobaton needed a replacement after spraining his left knee. That led the Rays to turn to catcher Robinson Chirinos, and by the time he was sent down a month later, he had definitely turned a few heads.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays

Sweeney, Torres Sweeten Kazmir Deal

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The success Sean Rodriguez has had this season in Tampa Bay, especially in contrast to the struggles Scott Kazmir is going through for the Angels, is enough for the Rays to feel good about last August's controversial trade.<br/><br/>But they feel even better when they look ahead to the future contributions they expect from the other two players they got in the deal, lefthander Alex Torres and infielder Matt Sweeney.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays