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Saturday, May 27, 2017
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Rays journal: Lone lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno heads to DL

ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Xavier Cedeno, who has struggled this season, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with left forearm tightness.

The move was retroactive to April 18. RHP Ryan Garton was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

Cedeno, the only lefty in the bullpen, had blown a majors-high three saves heading into Friday and has allowed eight of his 13 inherited runners to score. After he held lefties to a .197 average last season, they are 3-for-6 against him this year.

Manager Kevin Cash said the team does not believe the injury is serious.

Garton has allowed one run on three hits and four walks in 62/3 innings for the Bulls.

RAYS FALL TO ASTROS: They blow an early lead and fall back to .500.

Roads to recovery

. RHP Jake Odorizzi (left hamstring strain) threw five pitches Friday off the bullpen mound. He is scheduled to throw a full bullpen today, which will give him a better indication of when he will return.

. OF Mallex Smith (right hamstring strain) ran hard from first to third Friday, the final hurdle before he heads out for a minor-league rehab assignment, which is likely to begin Sunday with Class A Charlotte.

. OF Colby Rasmus (hip surgery) is scheduled to resume his rehab assignment today at Double-A Montgomery.

. SS Matt Duffy (Achilles surgery) will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip so he can continue to work with the coaching staff during pre-batting practice drills.

Quote of the day

"Our fans calling 'I got it' when popups go up."

Manager Kevin Cash, perhaps trolling Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, on why his Rays play so well at home

TOPKIN'S TAKEAWAYS: Beat writer Marc Topkin's takeaways from the Rays' loss to the Astros.

Homecoming king

Former Fox Sports Sun in-game Rays reporter Todd Kalas returned to Tropicana Field as the Astros' TV play-by-play announcer. The Rays honored him with video tribute after the second inning.

"It's different, but it's a lot of fun," Kalas said. "It's great to see a lot of faces and people that meant so much to me in my 19 years here."

Kalas said the strangest part of his homecoming was flying in Thursday night with the Astros and taking the team bus to the team hotel.

"I've never done that before," he said. "I'd never been a visitor here."

Honoring Mr. Robinson

The Rays paid their yearly tribute to Jackie Robinson on Friday by wearing special T-shirts during batting practice commemorating Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947. St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Tampa attorney and civil rights leader Delano Stewart threw out the first pitches. The St. Joseph's Catholic Church Children's Choir sang America the Beautiful, and area saxophonist B.K. Jackson performed the national anthem.

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