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Aranda To Make Debut As Rays Open Series With Pirates

photo: Tampa Bay Rays

After a day off Thursday following their fourth consecutive series loss, the Tampa Bay Rays will open a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight, welcoming back Derek Shelton, who worked as hitting coach for both current manager Kevin Cash and former manager Joe Maddon over seven seasons at Tropicana Field.  Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.00 ERA) will get the start, taking on Mitch Keller (2-5, 4.72 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Arozarena DH
Choi 1B
Diaz 3B
J. Lowe RF
L. Raley LF
Walls SS
Aranda 2B
Pinto C
Phillips CF

Pirates Starting Lineup

Suwinski LF
Reynolds CF
Chavis 1B
Vogelbach DH
Castillo 2B
Cruz SS
Mitchell RF
Perez C
Park 3B

Aranda Will See Action Tonight For Rays

Young infielder Jonathan Aranda, who was called up on Tuesday, but has yet to get into a game at the big league level, will see that change tonight, as the 24-year-old is in the starting lineup for tonight’s game.

Aranda is ranked as the 21st-best prospect in the Tampa Bay organization by, and had been hitting well all season at Triple-A Durham prior to the call-up.

Written By

Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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