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Franco Back As Rays Look To Even Series With Cubs

Matt Wisler walks off the mound after striking out Boston's Hunter Renfroe to leave the bases loaded in the sixth inning Saturday (photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays)

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to even their three-game series on the North Side of Chicago as they take on the Cubs for the middle game of their series.  Matt Wisler (0-0, 1.93 ERA) will open tonight’s game, with left-hander Josh Fleming scheduled to work the bulk of the innings.  Left-hander Justin Steele (1-0, 1.93 ERA) will get the start for the Cubs, with first pitch from Wrigley Field scheduled fore 7:40.

Rays Starting Lineup

Arozarena LF

Franco SS

Ramirez 1B

Diaz 3B

B. Lowe DH

Margot CF

Zunino C

J. Lowe RF

Walls 2B


Cubs Starting Lineup

Villar 3B

Suzuki RF

Contreras C

Happ LF

Schwindel 1B

Madrigal 2B

Heyward CF

Frazier DH

Hoerner SS

Franco Back In Lineup After Missing Monday

The Rays will have shortstop Wander Franco back in the lineup Tuesday night after he was scratched just before first pitch Monday with left quad tightness.

Franco had said after Monday’s loss that he was ready to pinch-hit in the ninth if needed, and manager Kevin Cash said he would have used Franco as a pinch-hitter if they had brought the tyinf run to the plate.

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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