Randy time strikes again for hot Rays

by Gary Shelton on April 23, 2023

in general

Sunday, 3 a.m.

At this rate, Randy Land is going to need an expansion.

Randy Arozarena, the charismatic , fun-loving outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, completely seized control of the Rays' latest victory, a 4-310th-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Arozarena singled in pinch-runner Vidal Brujan to lead the Rays to the win, the team's second straight walk-off win. But Arozarena's day was better than that. He had driven in the team's first three runs, too, on a homer and a single.

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In other words, it's Randy's world. Everyone else is just a backup singer.

Yeah, he showboats. Yeah, he likes to strike a pose. He leads the league in sass.

But Arozarena may be the most entertaining player in the history of the franchise. For the season, Arozarena is hitting .350 with 22 RBI. He has five home runs.

The Rays got a solid start from Shane McClanahan, who allowed only three hits and struck out 10 in six innings. But two of McClanahan’s hits were solo homers. Colin Poche also gave up a solo home run in the eighth to Gavin Sheets to force extra innings.

The Rays ran their record to 12-0 at home, which ties them for the second-longest streak since 1901. They also homered again, breaking the record of the 2019 Mariners with 21 straight games.

The Rays play the White Sox again today at 1:40 p.m. at Tropicana Field. The Rays have not announced a starter, but Lucas Giolito will start for Chicago.

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