6/23/2013 2:35 P.M. ET
Maddon weighs in on All-Star nods
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Maddon was asked on Sunday which Rays deserve to be on this year's American League All-Star squad.
"[Evan Longoria], absolutely," Maddon said. "Longo has to pop up in there. Longo definitely deserves to be there again."
He then broached the possibility of a pitcher joining the team.
"I still think among all the pitchers, the most consistent has been [reliever] Joel Peralta," he said. "That's kind of a reach based on the task he performs, but he's definitely pitched at that level."
"James Loney has had himself a very good half, but [first base is] a really tough position to break through," he said. "And I'd say Yunel [Escobar]. I know his batting average is not at a number right now where people would like to see it -- that's attributable to his tough start -- but his defense has definitely been All-Star-caliber defense.
"If [Escobar] did not get off to a bad start, he'd easily be around .275 and an easier push. But I'm telling you: If you really break him down more closely over the last month and a half, two months, the numbers are definitely there for strong consideration to make that team. Then pile on what he's done on defense. His defense has been great."
Myers' slam comes with some interesting trivia
NEW YORK -- Wil Myers' grand slam off CC Sabathia in Saturday's game came with a large share of interesting tidbits.
• For starters, Myers became just the fourth visiting player to hit a grand slam at Yankee Stadium (either the new park or the original) for his first Major League home run, and the first since Detroit's Rickey Peters on May 27, 1980.
• Myers is the 187th player to hit a grand slam for his first home run. As an aside, among the 187 is Milwaukee's Tim Unroe (May 13, 1997), the father of the Rays' second-round Draft choice this year, shortstop Riley Unroe.
• At 22 years and 194 days, Myers became the youngest player to hit a grand slam at Yankee Stadium since Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. (21 years and 244 days) turned the trick on July 23, 1991.
• Myers joins Jorge Velandia (Sept. 25, 2007) as the only Rays players to hit a grand slam for their first Major League home run.
• Finally, he became the third rookie in Rays history to hit a grand slam, following Evan Longoria and Steve Cox.
• With the Yankees staging their annual Old-Timers Day game on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon was asked if the Rays, who began playing in 1998, could ever stage such an event.
"I guess we could," Maddon said. "I would be kind of curious to see [such a game]. The concept of maybe seeing our old-timers playing another group of old-timers, I don't know if we could actually field two teams of old-timers."
• David Price was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday at Tropicana Field, and he will make his second rehab start for Class A Charlotte on Wednesday at Charlotte Sports Park against Bradenton.
• Brandon Gomes, on the disabled list since May 10 with a strained right lat, will make his first rehab appearance on Monday for Charlotte at home against Jupiter.
• Left-hander Alex Torres has pitched in 10 games this season, totaling 20 innings, and has not allowed a run. His overall scoreless streak is at 25 innings, dating back to 2011. J.P. Howell holds the Rays' record, with 27 1/3 scoreless innings in 2012.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.