Extra bases

Extra bases

• Catcher Jose Molina was not with the team Thursday because he was visiting his mother, Gladys, who recently underwent a surgical procedure in St. Louis.

Ben Zobrist's seventh-inning walk Wednesday gave him 460 for his career, tying him with Carlos Pena for the club record. Zobrist has spent the entirety of his eight-year career with Tampa Bay.

• Minor League reliever C.J. Riefenhauser was named to Baseball America's year-end All-Star team, the only relief pitcher at any Minor League level to earn the honor. Riefenhauser was 6-1 with a 1.22 ERA and 11 saves in 51 games (34 with Double-A Montgomery and 17 with Triple-A Durham).

• Beach volleyball player Jen Kessy, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, threw out Thursday's first pitch. Kessy and her partner April Ross will participate in the AVP St. Pete Open at Vinoy Park this weekend.

• The Rays will celebrate Hispanic Heritage month Monday when they return to Tropicana Field to face the Rangers. Fans who wish to buy a Hispanic Heritage Night ticket package will receive a lower-level seat and an Escobar T-shirt.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.