Off the COVID-19 roster, Nelson Cruz played on the first team for the first time in his career and scored a touchdown double in the eighth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays’ 3-1 victory over Philadelphia Tuesday night
Cruz, 41, the designated hitter for Tampa Bay, did not play first base, not even in the minor leagues. Nevertheless, he controlled well all the balls that came to him.
He has not played in defense since being positioned as a left-back in 2018 with Seattle.
In the first half, with two men on board, Didi Gregorios hit a ball that was captured by the Dominican Short Stop Wonder Franco on the grass behind the field.
Franco threw to his compatriot Cruz, who rightly picked up the ball from the pot shortly, ending the inning.
Cruz was absent from the game, as the Rays beat the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, as he was on the COVID-19 list. However, he remained active prior to Tuesday’s engagement.
Manager Kevin Cash put him on first base in order to get his racket in the National League Park, where there is no designated hitter.
In the first inning, Cruz singles out, as in the sixth, before hitting Archie Bradley (7-2) for eighth.
JT Chargua (2-0) beat his only competitor in seventh place and won.
As for the Cuban Rai, Randy Arosarina 3-1 in one game, Yandy Diaz scored 4-1. Dominican Cruz 4-3 with two RBIs, Franco 4-1 with a half-record, Manuel Margo 3-0.
For Velez, Venezuelan Odubel Herrera 4-0, Ronald Torres 3-0, Ranger Suarez 1-0. Dominican Jean Segura 4-0.
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Brandon Bilt hit two of four runs in San Francisco to score his career 19th high of the season, crushing the New York Mets 8-0 on Tuesday night.
Rookie Sammy Long posted sixth for the Giants, who used an agonizing home run to score back-to-back wins against Oakland on Saturday and Sunday, attacking early this time at Citi Field.
Added by LaMonte Wade Jr. And Mike Jastrzemski runs home in the first four rounds as the Giants lead 7-0 against rookie Tylor Megill (1-3).
The Giants’ only concern was that seven-time All-Star receiver Buster Posey left the field with a right knee disease in the fifth inning, after manager Gabe Kapler and his mover world visited him behind the board.
The Mets were hoping to improve with the wood, thanks to the return of Francisco Lindor, who had been absent for five weeks due to a right-slant tension. Instead, they hit five hits and fell for the ninth time in 11 games.
Long (2-1) pitched three hitter in 5 1/3 innings.
For the Giants, Colombian Donovan Solano 2-0. Venezuelan Wilmer Flores 5-2 set record.
For the Mets, Puerto Rico Lindor 4-0, Javier Pez 3-0.
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