Rays lose to Astros as ace Shane McClanahan leaves with neck tightness

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays ace Shane McClanahan was pulled within the fifth inning with neck tightness throughout a 5-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night time. 

“He didn’t need to come out, was not completely happy about that, however we’re making an attempt to make one of the best resolution,” supervisor Kevin Money mentioned.

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The AL All-Star Sport starter and Cy Younger Award contender allowed 5 runs for under the second time this season, pushing his ERA to 2.36. McClanahan (12-6) was making his second begin after coming back from the 15-day injured listing because of a left shoulder impingement.

“It was like full extension and I simply felt just a little tweak or one thing like that, however it went away instantly,” McClanahan mentioned. “I assume they noticed it as I used to be stretching it out or no matter, however I really feel fantastic. I can not stress that sufficient.

“Center of September, I respect the precautionary transfer. I’m simply getting off the IL, so I can see, I assume, the err of warning.”

McClanahan walked Jose Altuve main off the fifth, then threw three straight balls to Jeremy Peña. Money and a coach then got here out of the dugout and pulled McClanahan, even after the 25-year-old appeared to inform Money, “I am good.”

“I feel all of us perceive how vital he’s to our membership, and if I see one thing that’s uncharacteristic, I feel one of the best resolution is to tug him out of the ball recreation,” Money mentioned. “It’s OK for him to be mad at me.”

McClanahan walked 4 and allowed 5 hits whereas throwing 80 pitches.

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Peña hit a three-run homer, Altuve scored three runs and the Astros received for the ninth time in 10 video games a day after clinching the AL West championship. It was Houston’s seventeenth shutout of the season and so they improved their AL-leading ERA to 2.90.

“Our pitchers have been dominating all yr. It’s spectacular to look at,” Peña mentioned. “I’m the largest fan from shortstop.”

Altuve reached base and scored on every of his first three plate appearances, all towards McClanahan. Peña’s nineteenth homer got here within the third inning after Altuve’s second hit, placing the Astros up 4-0 earlier than the Rays had a success.

“That’s the mentality within the clubhouse,” Peña mentioned. “Clinching was step one, however we all know we now have a protracted solution to go and the job’s not completed.”

Kyle Tucker drove in Houston’s first run with a double within the first for his a centesimal RBI of the season.

The Rays went into the day one recreation behind the Toronto Blue Jays and a half-game forward of the Seattle Mariners within the chase for the AL’s high wild card.

Houston starter Cristian Javier (10-9) gave up just one hit, a two-out single within the fifth by Christian Bethancourt. Javier received his fourth straight begin, hanging out six in 5 innings.

Ryan Pressly obtained the ultimate two outs with the bases loaded for his twenty ninth save in 33 makes an attempt.

A double and a single by Wander Franco have been the one different hits for Tampa Bay.

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Yandy Diaz doubled within the eighth as a pinch hitter for the Astros, his first main league hit.


Astros: DH Yordan Alvarez, who left Monday’s recreation early with an obvious ankle damage after a slide into second base, was out of the lineup. Supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned Alvarez’s deliberate time without work was moved up from Wednesday. 

Rays: 2B Brandon Lowe took an injection for his decrease again discomfort. He’ll re-evaluated Thursday, when he’s eligible to return off the injured listing.


Baker wasn’t a lot of a participant within the Astros’ champagne celebration after they clinched the AL West on Monday night time.

“I’m not an actual champagne man. I had some individuals get on me as a result of I don’t like champagne. Now it’s again to work,” he mentioned. “It was enjoyable. It was actually enjoyable for the first-time guys. When you haven’t been by means of it, there’s nothing prefer it.”


RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.34) will make his seventh begin of the season for the Astros in Wednesday night time’s collection finale towards RHP Corey Kluber (10-9, 4.44).

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