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McClanahan Gets Nod As Rays Open Series With Orioles

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays begin a ten-game road trip tonight starting with a three-game series in Baltimore against the surging Orioles.  Shane McClanahan (6-0, 2.03 ERA) will look to be the first big-league pitcher to seven wins on the season, as he takes on Kyle Gibson (4-1, 4.66 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz DH
Franco SS
Arozarena LF
B. Lowe 2B
Walls 3B
J. Lowe RF
Siri CF
Raley 1B
Mejia C

Orioles Starting Lineup

Hays LF
Rutschman DH
Mountcastle 1B
Santander RF
Mateo SS
McCann C
Frazier 2B
Urias 3B
McKenna CF

Kelley Returns As Cleavinger Heads To IL

The Rays Monday also placed left-handler Garrett Cleavinger on the 15-day injured list with what the team is calling a right knee sprain, suffered during a rundown play in the tenth inning of Sunday’s win over the New York Yankees.

The 29-year-old initially tried to stay in the game, but after throwing a warmup pitch, was removed from the contest.

To take Cleavinger’s spot on the active roster, right-handed Trevor Kelley was recalled from Triple-A Durham.  Kelley made one appearance for Tampa Bay this season, allowing two runs on as many hits April 15 in Toronto, but has pitched to a 3.95 ERA in 11 outings with Durham this year.

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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