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Eflin Back As Rays Look To Sweep White Sox

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to remain unbeaten at Tropicana Field this season and earn their fifth consecutive win with a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox.  Zach Eflin (2-0, 3.27 ERA) will be activated from the 15-day injured list too make the start, taking on Lucas Giolito (1-1, 4.29 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:40.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz 1B
Franco SS
Arozarena LF
B. Lowe 2B
Ramirez DH
Paredes 3B
Raley RF
Bethancourt C
Margot CF

White Sox Starting Lineup

Robert CF
Benintendi LF
Vaughn 1B
Jimenez DH
Sheets RF
Burger 3B
Andrus SS
Zavala C
Sosa 2B

Eflin Returns From Injured List, Perez Dropped

The Rays officially activated starter Zach Eflin from the 15-day injured list Sunday morning to make the start for the game against the White Sox.

Eflin missed a pair of starts after going on the IL April 10 when he experienced tightness in his lower back following his start a few days earlier against Oakland.

To make room on the roster for Eflin, pitcher Hector Perez, who had been selected Saturday, was designated for assignment.

Diaz OK After Dehydration

First baseman Yandy Diaz is back in the starting lineup Sunday after being forced out of Saturday’s win with dehydration.

The 31-year-old said after Saturday’s game that he was feeling better and joked about getting a water dispenser installed at his locker.

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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