Notes: Reyes working his way back
Rays closer to throw an inning at Class A on Monday
ST. PETERSBURG -- Al Reyes continues to progress in his return from a mild rotator cuff strain that put him on the 15-day disabled list.
On Saturday, the Rays closer threw 27 pitches to a lineup of Jorge Cantu, Dustan Mohr, Josh Wilson and Dioner Navarro.
"I feel very good," said Reyes afterward. "[I threw] like 25 pitches, my slider and changeup. And [with] the job the trainers have been doing so far, I'm ready to go Monday to pitch an inning in Vero Beach."
Reyes tentatively will start Monday for Class A Vero Beach of the Florida State League.
"[I'll] drive over, then I'm going to start the game, pitch one inning," Reyes said. "After that, get my inning, [then I'll] get back here."
If all goes well, Reyes will have Tuesday off before becoming eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.
Reyes has had some time to think about what might have caused the problem.
"I don't know, I felt tight," Reyes said. "Then one night, I was overthrowing; I've seen the video after the game. I was kind of rushing everything. I think that happens when you try to do too much, your mechanics change."
Luck of the rooster: Jonny Gomes installed his own good luck charm inside the Rays' clubhouse before Friday night's game when he arrived with a store-bought plastic rooster. He would not divulge where he purchased the rooster, but he did allow that it is a "good luck rooster" and that every player needed to touch it before going out to the field before the start of the game. "Just turn your whole day over to the rooster," Gomes said. "Your at-bats, your pitches."
After Friday night's win, Rays manager Joe Maddon sounded like he was ready to ride the rooster: "The rooster is a permanent part of the environment now."
Kaz on track: Scott Kazmir won at Tropicana Field on Friday night for the first time since pitching his best Major League game on July 3, 2006, when he tossed a two-hit shutout against the Red Sox. He went 0-4 in 14 home starts in between.
In addition to chalking up his 500th career strikeout, Kazmir claimed his 27th career victory to move past Albie Lopez and Esteban Yan for sole possession of second place on the Rays all-time list behind Victor Zambrano (35) and he made his 83rd start, tying Ryan Rupe for most in club history.
Kazmir became the 15th left-hander since 1900 to record 500 strikeouts before the age of 24.
Friday night's start marked the 14th time in 20 starts this season that Kazmir logged more than 100 pitches and worked less than seven innings, including eight consecutive starts.
This and that: Delmon Young reached 100 hits (actually 101) in the Rays' 89th game, the fastest to 100 by an American League rookie since Hideki Matsui (Yankees, 81st game) and Rocco Baldelli (Rays, 84th game) in 2003. ... The Rays have won both times they have been opposed by starters with 300-plus wins this season, beating Roger Clemens on Friday night after defeating the Padres, 11-4, on June 12 in a game started by Greg Maddux. ... The Rays are 5-1 at home this season when they have had a crowd in excess of 20,000.
Rays sign another: The Rays signed their seventh-round pick, outfielder Reid Fronk from the University of North Carolina. He is scheduled to report to Class A short-season Hudson Valley. Fronk is the 22nd Rays' draft pick to sign this season.
Down on the farm: Right-hander Juan Salas threw 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief with a strikeout for Triple-A Durham on Friday night. In four games, he has a 1.59 ERA with nine strikeouts; he has allowed one walk and three hits. ... Double-A Montgomery shortstop Reid Brignac went 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season Friday night. Brignac is hitting .256 with 50 RBIs.
Up next: The Rays will wrap up their four-game series against the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field in a 1:40 contest. Right-hander Edwin Jackson will start for the Rays and will be opposed by right-hander Mike Mussina.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.