First call: Ex-Pirates Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows dominating with Tampa Bay |
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First call: Ex-Pirates Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows dominating with Tampa Bay

Tim Benz
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Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tampa Bay Rays’ Austin Meadows hits an RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Glasnow’s game

Two of the biggest reasons why the Tampa Bay Rays are in first place in the American League East are former Pirates.

Specifically, the two players Tampa got in exchange for Chris Archer: Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows.

Glasnow improved to 4-0 on Tuesday night, getting a win in the team’s 4-2 defeat of Baltimore. His ERA is 1.13, and he has 24 strikeouts against a meager three walks. Last night, the right-hander didn’t walk anyone while allowing two runs in seven innings.

Meanwhile, Meadows got another hit. His average is .350 with an on-base percentage of .426 and an OPS of 1.170. His six home runs trail only Khris Davis, Jose Altuve and Jay Bruce in the American League.

Archer has been good this year for the Pirates, too. In three starts, he’s 1-0 with an ERA of 2.00 and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 24:7. In each outing, Archer has gone deeper into the game, lasting five, then six then seven innings.

Blake’s bathroom break

In a rare bit of bad news for the Rays this year, Blake Snell is on the injured list with a broken toe on his right foot.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner says the injury occurred during a mishap at his home as he was trying to move a decorative granite bathroom stand.

Snell’s stint on the IL is retroactive to Sunday. He is expected to miss only one start. The lefty has posted a 2.16 ERA while going 2-1 in 2019.

Here is Snell’s explanation of the accident.

Perhaps Snell should leave any future interior decorating to some hired professionals.

Entering play yesterday, his 36 strikeouts were tied for the Major League lead with Gerrit Cole and Jacob DeGrom.

Watching Williams

After Tuesday night’s 5-3 win in 10 innings over the Tigers, the Pirates have a rematch in Detroit before heading back to PNC Park to face the Giants on Friday.

Trevor Williams gets his fourth start of the year. So far, Williams has been solid but not as spectacular as he was in the second half of last season. The Pirates have won all three of his outings in 2019, but Williams didn’t get a victory in either of his last two starts.

That said, the right-hander turned in a quality start all three times. So far this season, Williams has pitched 18 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. That’s good for a 2.45 ERA to go along with 12 strikeouts and four walks.

He has yet to finish the seventh inning, so Williams would like to go deeper in Wednesday’s game. The Tigers counter with right-hander Spencer Turnbull. He’s 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA. The final game of the two-game series starts at 6:40 p.m.

Misery loves company

It’s a good thing the baseball team is playing well in Tampa. Because the highly touted hockey team is done.

After tying the NHL record for wins in a season (62), the Lightning were beaten by the Blue Jackets in four games of a first-round series.

So for as miserable as you may be as a Penguins fan right now, imagine how they are feeling down there.

Columbus finished off the sweep with a 7-3 win at home.

It’s the first playoff-series win in franchise history for Columbus. They’ll get the survivor of the Maple Leafs-Bruins series.

Playing it safe

It appears that Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov won’t play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Capitals Thursday night. The defenseman was knocked out by Alexander Ovechkin during a fight in Game 3.

Svechnikov was placed in the concussion protocol. Coach Rod Brind’Amour said the 19-year-old was taken to a hospital and checked out, but now “looks normal and feels great.” Yet Brind’Amour is taking a conservative route with the injury.

“We’re going to be real careful,” Brind’Amour said via “We’re always careful. This year, we’ve dealt with (concussions) with I don’t know how many guys and when they were ready to come back, we waited weeks after. So we’re certainly not going to rush him back.”

The Hurricanes won that game, 5-0. But they’ll be playing short-handed tonight without Svechnikov and potentially forward Michael Ferland, who left Game 3 with an upper-body injury. Those players combined for 37 goals and 77 points this season.

The Capitals lead the series 2-1.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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