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Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Daniel Mayora Sparks Comeback

By Robbie Knopf

In the fifth inning of a Venezuelan Winter League game, two different ex-Rays minor leaguers with the last name Mayora entered the game. Got that?

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When Daniel Mayora entered this game as a pinch-hitter, the Leones were down 7-4. As the score indicated, they proceeded to come back afterwards. What was really crazy, though, was the fifth inning when Mayora entered. One batter, Daniel Mayora pinch-hits and walks and the next, Yorman Mayora enters for Zulia. Of course, by coincidence, they both spent time in the Rays system.

Daniel Mayora ended up having a great game, going 1 for 2 with that walk and a solo homer. Yorman Mayora did allow an inherited runner to score, but he did a decent job stopping the bleeding in that inning by allowing just a hit in 0.2 innings pitched. Henry Rodriguez also went 1 for 5 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored in the win for Caracas.