Rays welcome Diaz’ return to lineup

by Gary Shelton on May 14, 2023

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Sunday, 4 a.m.

So we have found out what happened to the offense of the Tampa Bay Rays where they went through their miini-slump this weekend.

It was over at Yanky Diaz' house.

Diaz, the leading hitter in the American League, returned to the Rays lineup Saturday, and it was like someone plugged the electricity back in, Diaz went three-for-four, including a three-run homer, to lead the Rays to an 8-4 win over Milwaukee.

Diaz, hitting .333 on the season, has been the most dependable man in the Rays' lineup with 11 homers and 27 RBI.

He had help. Both Harold Ramirez and Christian Bethancourt homered, giving the Rays' fifteen games with at least three homers, most the majors. The Rays had 13 such games a year ago.

 "He can do some pretty good things," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said.

The Rays got a solid start from Zach Elfin, even though he gave. up two honers. Elfin went seven innings and allowed just four hits and struck out eight.

The Rays closes out their series against the Bewers today at 1:40 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Jalen Beeks will start for Tampa Bay. against Freddy Peralta.

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