Ramos off paternity leave, ready for 'pen duty
Left-hander is expected to assume prime relief role, according to Maddon
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays reliever Cesar Ramos made his return to the clubhouse on Tuesday following the birth of his first child, Addison Lynn Ramos.
"It's awesome," Ramos said. "You always look forward to that day, and now it's here, and it's kind of hard to explain the emotions I went through. But I'm just happy. Good delivery and healthy baby, and all is well."
Ramos' daughter was born on Saturday, and the lefty was reinstated from paternity leave on Monday, but he was not present for the series opener against the Royals.
Ramos said that he didn't get much sleep at the hospital, when all he had was a fold-out chair, but he got a couple of solid three- to four-hour stretches in at home.
"I guess that's pretty good, from what I've heard from other stories," Ramos said. "Anything that gets past two hours, I'll take."
On Monday, with Ramos getting ready to come back, manager Joe Maddon spoke about wanting to get Ramos into higher-leverage situations out of the bullpen. After all, with the stress of being a new dad, what's a little bit more at the ballpark?
Ramos' fellow reliever, Jake McGee, is also expecting his first child. McGee's wife is set to have induced labor on Wednesday, so that the baby can be delivered on the Rays' off-day on Thursday.
Did Ramos have any advice for McGee?
"If he has the opportunity to deliver, definitely do that and be a part of that," Ramos said. "It's definitely a special moment that you can't ever take away."
Maddon recalls similiar loss to World Cup tilt
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays manager Joe Maddon compared it to a 30-5 loss in a Minor League game he skippered decades ago. That's how bad Germany was beating Brazil in a World Cup soccer semifinal shown on the Tropicana Field scoreboard.
With the video board broadcasting before Tampa Bay's game against the Royals, Maddon walked up the dugout steps, looked up at the 5-0 score -- which ended as a 7-1 final -- and instantly recalled how his club was once handed a 25-run loss during a playoff race.
At 3:30 p.m. ET, Evan Longoria had glanced up at one of the clubhouse TVs and asked when the game started. By 4:30, there was no reason to watch.
The Rays were starting their pregame stretches when the German onslaught began -- a 1-0 lead became 5-0 in seven minutes.
Kearney selected as Rays' All-Star Teacher
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced on Tuesday that Alison Kearney is their "All-Star Teacher" winner in the Target presents PEOPLE campaign.
The campaign celebrates teachers, active or retired, who have made remarkable impacts on their students' lives and on their communities.
Kearney, from Bonita Springs (Fla.) Charter School, has been teaching for five years, and has become one of the most successful and loved teachers at the school. She teaches reading and language arts, with an advanced class, an intensive class and an on-level class.
Kearney also coaches the school's girls volleyball team. She loves running and sports -- and is a Rays fan -- and tries to inspire students to lead healthy lives at home.
Kearney will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB clubs during the All-Star Week activities, and will be recognized during the pregame ceremony at the 85th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field.
Fans nationwide voted to select the 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists. The PEOPLE All-Star Teachers program is part of an effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education.
• Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was scheduled to play in a rehab game with Class A Advanced Charlotte on Tuesday. Escobar, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder, is also slated to play on Wednesday, and could return to the Rays for Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.