BALTIMORE -- Prior to Sunday's game, the Rays optioned outfielder Brandon Guyer to Triple-A Durham and recalled right-hander Rob Delaney from Durham.
Rays manager Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations, began going over their alternatives following Saturday's game and came to the conclusion they needed some bullpen help.
"Based on what happened [Saturday] with the pitching," Maddon said. "I don't want [Andy] Sonnanstine to pitch today. [Adam] Russell is unavailable. [Brandon] Gomes two days in a row, I don't want to pitch him today. [Juan] Cruz threw over 20 pitches yesterday. And I'm trying to be careful with him, so that's basically four guys down in the bullpen."
Guyer made a splash Friday night when he became the 108th player in Major League history to homer in his first Major League at-bat, and the first Ray to homer in his first Major League plate appearance.
"He's definitely going to be back here," Maddon said. "He fits our way of playing baseball very well."
Guyer received the news Sunday morning and handled the move with class.
"This was one of those things I didn't know what to expect," Guyer said. "I knew I came up because [Jeff] Niemann went on the DL. I guess I knew eventually they might need to have another pitcher up here. That's just me being realistic with it.
"But I just tried to make the most of my opportunity and to have fun with it. Getting sent down is only going to motivate me that much more to get back up."
Guyer glowed while talking about his experience.
"I'll just remember the feeling I got when I got the call," Guyer said. "And also knowing how good of a time I've had. It was a short time, but it was great. Nothing compares to being a big leaguer. It's what I worked my whole life for. Hopefully, I'll just continue to work hard, which I'm going to do. I'm determined to get back up here.
"... I had a little taste of [the Major Leagues] in Spring Training. It was my first big league Spring Training. So after that, I realized I want to be up here to stay. And having this opportunity makes it that much more that I want to be up here to stay. That's what I'm set on doing and that's what I plan on doing in the future."
Delaney went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 appearances at Durham, posting 12 strikeouts and five walks in 18 innings.
Delaney received the news of his promotion Saturday night.
"Feels good," Delaney said. "I was sitting down at the house last night watching TV. [Durham manager] Charlie [Montoyo] called me up and gave me the good news."
The low-key Delaney said he's been "working on the things that I needed to improve on" and has not spent any time thinking about possible roster moves the Rays might make.
"You can't play GM, it's too tough," Delaney said.
Rays honor moms, raise awareness
BALTIMORE -- Pink bats punctuated the Rays' lineup Sunday to help raise breast cancer awareness in honor of Mother's Day.
Most of the Rays hitters used the pink bats at least the first time through the order, and the team came away with 11 hits on the feel-good afternoon.
"I know it's breast cancer awareness," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "But I think all of us have had different family members who have been afflicted. It's just the awareness level of putting it out there and drawing attention to it is always a good thing. It's always about education. And the difference between now and 20 years ago is just a different level of education."
Added Ben Zobrist: "It's pretty neat to honor the mothers and breast cancer awareness on a day like today. So it's definitely something that we all consider special."
In addition to using pink bats, Rays players were well decorated in pink with necklaces, wrist bands, elbow sleeves and even pink shoes.
Johnny Damon wore pink Puma shoes and planned to auction them off for "somebody in the family" through his Johnny Damon Foundation.
When asked if he anticipated getting fined for wearing the shoes that were not authorized by Major League Baseball, Damon replied: "I'm not sure. But that will be pretty interesting if I do."
Turned out, Damon wore the shoes in support of teammate Adam Russell's sister, Tracy Galvin, 35, who is currently fighting Stage IV breast cancer. She is one of many women in Russell's family impacted by the disease. Russell is active in several advocacy campaigns supporting breast cancer research.
"Johnny, what can you say about that guy?" Russell said. "He's going to auction off his shoes and donate to my sister's foundation. That just shows you what kind of great guy and unbelievable teammate he is. I don't have the words to express how much I appreciate what he's doing. And I know all the other guys are always saying, 'Anytime I can help out.' It's just a fantastic team when it comes to that kind of stuff."
James Shields will be leaving the team after Sunday's game to fly to Los Angeles to attend funeral services for his great grandmother, who recently died at the age of 97. He plans to be back with the team on Tuesday. ... Brandon Gomes has made three scoreless, hitless relief appearances since being recalled to the Major Leagues on Tuesday. He is the first Rays pitcher to start his Major League career with three consecutive scoreless outings since Steve Kent in 2002. ... Reid Brignac entered Sunday's game without having an extra-base hit in his last 33 games, which is the longest such drought in Rays history.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.