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Margot Returns As Rays Start Homestand With Jays

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

After a day off Thursday following their west coast trip wrapping up, the Tampa Bay Rays open a six-game homestand Friday night, welcoming in the Toronto Blue Jays to Tropicana Field for the first of a three-game series.  Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.89 ERA) will get the start, taking on Kevin Gausman (3-1, 2.13 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Margot DH

Franco SS

Ramirez RF

Lowe 2B

Arozarena LF

Choi 1B

Kiermaier CF

Zunino C

Walls 3B

 

Blue Jays Starting Lineup

Springer CF

Bichette SS

Guerrero 1B

Hernandez RF

Kirk DH

Gurriel LF

Chapman 3B

Collins C

Espinal 2B

Margot Back In Lineup, Diaz Out

Outfielder Manuel Margot returns to the lineup after leaving Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Angels with right hamstring tightness and missing the final two games of the series, but third baseman Yandy Diaz, who was initially in tonight’s lineup, was scratched due to illness.

The Rays say Diaz is dealing with a “non-COVID illness,” and was replaced by Taylor Walls in the lineup, with Margot moving into Diaz’s spot in the lineup.

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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