8/10/2013 5:04 P.M. ET
Myers' rookie accolades continue to impress
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Wil Myers remains quite the buzz given his many different feats and oddities.
According to research by the Rays' public relations staff and later confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau, Friday night was the first time two rookies -- Wil Myers and Yasiel Puig -- started in center field and batted cleanup in the same game since 1946 when Ralph Kiner and Marv Rickert, of the Cubs and Pirates, respectively, did so on July 3.
Myers, who has started in center field and batted cleanup in the Rays' previous two games, is only the second player in Rays history to do so within his first 50 career games, joining Rocco Baldelli, who did it in 2003.
Myers has 55 hits, eight home runs and 30 RBIs in his first 42 career games. Since 1916, only seven others have matched Myers' totals in hits, home runs and RBIs through their first 42 games. The group went on to win four Rookie of the Year awards, six MVPs and play on 34 All-Star teams.
Here is that group Myers has joined: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee, 2007; Albert Pujols, St. Louis, 2001; Willie McCovey, San Francisco, 1959; Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco, 1958; Ken Keltner, Cleveland, 1938; Buzz Arlett, Philadelphia, 1931; and Mandy Brooks, Chicago Cubs, 1925.
Since the All-Star break, Myers leads the Major Leagues in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He also is tied for third in home runs and RBIs.
Dodger Stadium presents playoff-like energy
LOS ANGELES -- The crowd at Friday night's Rays-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium was 51,083.
The last time the Rays played in front of a larger crowd was Oct. 1, 2011, in Game 2 of their Division Series against the Rangers in Texas when they lost 8-6 in front of a crowd of 51,351.
And Friday night's crowd was the largest regular-season crowd the Rays have played in front of since Sept. 14, 2008, in an 8-4 loss to the Yankees at Old Yankee Stadium when 54,279 watched.
Wil Myers said it was easily the biggest crowd he'd ever played before and added, "Loudest, too."
Rays manager Joe Maddon called the crowd "fabulous."
"The place was rocking before the game, there was a lot going on," Maddon said. "We've been playing well. They have been playing well. I thought we did great. Again, you lose the game, that's always difficult. But, there was a lot to be happy about last night."
Losing on error a rare mishap for Rays
LOS ANGELES -- The Rays lost Friday night when the Dodgers scored four runs in the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney.
The Dodgers' effort culminated when Rodney threw the ball into center field on a potential inning-ending double play that allowed the winning run to score.
When all the smoke had cleared, the Rays had suffered their seventh walk-off loss of the season and the 113th in club history. However, the loss was only the third in Rays history that came by virtue of an error.
Accounting for the other two were right-hander Albie Lopez's throwing error in a 7-6 loss at Kansas City on April 25, 2000, and third baseman Aubrey Huff's fielding error in a 3-2 loss at Oakland on May 6, 2006.
• When David Price walked Jerry Hairston to lead off the seventh inning of Friday night's game, the Rays' left-hander ended a club-record streak of 35 1/3 innings without a walk. He set the previous record of 27 in July.
• On Friday night, Alex Cobb (concussion) made his third rehab start for Class A Charlotte against the Twins' affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. "Cobb came through well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I think everything is going to be on track [for his return]."
• James Loney made his first appearance at Dodger Stadium on Friday night since getting traded from Los Angeles to Boston last August. He went 3-for-4, giving the Rays' first baseman his 11th three-hit game of the season. Nine of those three-hit performances have come on the road.
• Zack Greinke started for the Dodgers on Saturday and Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday, making for back-to-back days that the Rays have to face former Cy Young Award winners. Entering Saturday's contest, the Rays were 45-19 against former Cy Young winners, including a 7-4 mark this season.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.