Amid trade rumors, Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer fell to 5-14 after losing Tuesday. LOS ANGELES – Sometimes it’s no more than a few inches across 100 pitches or more, “This close,” Chris Archer was saying, holding his thumb and forefinger the breadth of one of those inches, not that that excuses anything that’s gone on for the Tampa Bay Rays or, for that matter, Chris Archer. It’s late Tuesday night and he’s given up a couple unearned runs and one very long home run, those dovetailing with the Rays’ fourth consecutive loss, all by one run, and his 14th loss, not that those fairly represent where he’s been or, perhaps, where he’s going.
As far as I can tell, Wednesday marked Nick Franklin's first professional experience in center field. I would guess he's not going to displace Kevin Kiermaier any time soon, but having the ability to play the position can't hurt him. Triple-A Durham Bulls (48-58) A four-run sixth lifted Durham to a 5-2 win over Toledo. Nick Franklin led off the inning with a double and tied the game on an error, and Richie Shaffer's sacrifice fly gave the Bulls the lead. Daniel Robertson singled home another run, and Jake Goebbert's sacrifice fly capped the scoring. Goebbert drove in another run in the eighth. Neil Wagner got the win despite being charged with a run after Jaime Schultz struck out seven and walked