Franco, baseball's top-ranked prospect, started his big league career with a homer, three RBIs and a curtain call. Sure, it's only one game, but Franco looks like he could join the ranks of baseball's young stars.
In his major league debut, top prospect Wander Franco, 20, started at third base, doubled, homered, drove in three runs and showed a flair for the dramatic in Tampa Bay's 9-5, 11-inning loss to Boston at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.
— As advertised, Wander Franco got off to a tremendous start for the Tampa Bay Rays with his production — and prediction.
Wander Franco is the rare true five-tool player, and baseball is about to get a taste of what he can do.
The Rays phenom, who dropped out of school after the sixth grade to go pro, will soon join Acuna, Vlad Jr. and Tatis among MLB's new generation of superstars. And he just might be better than all of them.
The Rays announced that Wander Franco, rated by ESPN as the top prospect in baseball entering the season, will be called up.
Jeff Passan ESPN
Wander Franco, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, is headed to the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays, source confirms to ESPN. Franco, 20, is a shortstop but can play second and third base, too. He's been wrecking AAA, hitting .323/.376/.601. Rays could use him. Lost six in a row.
— Shed Long Jr. hit a grand slam with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Sunday for a four-game sweep.
— J.P. Crawford scored the winning run on Mitch Haniger's 10th-inning single and hit a grand slam to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Saturday night.
— Yusei Kikuchi threw four-hit ball over seven innings, Seattle batted around during a four-run first inning and the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Friday night.
Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Tyler Zombro took to Twitter on Thursday to express gratitude for the care and support he has received since being struck in the head by a line drive on June 3.
— Shed Long Jr. hit a tying double in the bottom of the ninth inning and pinch-hitter Kyle Seager singled home the winning run to rally the Seattle Mariners past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Thursday night.
First baseman Mike Ford was traded by the New York Yankees to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday for $100,000 and a player to be named.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Yankees announce they have traded Mike Ford to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later.
— Yasmani Grandal hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-7 on Wednesday, taking two of three from the Rays in a matchup of division leaders.
Rays pitcher Rich Hill said Wednesday that the MLBPA "dropped the ball" when it came to this week's announcement from Major League Baseball about new rules on grip-enhancing substances.
— Dallas Keuchel pitched seven innings of crisp four-hit ball to win his fifth straight decision, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain, and he's blaming the timing of MLB's crackdown on foreign substances for his injury.
— Austin Meadows, Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Tyler Glasnow left Monday's start against the White Sox after four innings with what the Rays said was right elbow inflammation. He expects to have an MRI on the elbow on Tuesday.
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Earned Run Average3.437th