• Thursday's off-day will mark the seventh day off for the Rays in a stretch of 15 days. Maddon said he has tried to view the extra layoffs as a positive.
"I thought it could also be beneficial if we did it right," Maddon said. "Going into August we'd like to be somewhat rested. You should be getting your second wind somewhat going into August. I've always been very mindful of not beating guys up before we get to that point."
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.