ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have dropped four of five games, including a 2-0 loss to the last-place Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, and traded away two key players to the Seattle Mariners before Friday's game.
Tampa Bay (23-26) sent All-Star closer Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span -- who was tied for the team lead in RBIs -- along with $4.75 million in cash, with only two minor-league pitchers in return.
"Hopefully we can move past that quickly and try to win a game tomorrow," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Friday's loss, acknowledging that it's "difficult" to lose players who were central in his clubhouse. "It does have an impact. You hope guys can bounce back, but you're talking about guys you spent a lot of time with."