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McClanahan Looks To Even Series With Orioles

Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan
photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to even up their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles with a victory in the middle game of the set.  Shane McClanahan (3-3, 4.05 ERA) will get the start, taking on John Means (4-2, 2.28 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz 1B

Franco 3B

Meadows DH

Arozarena LF

Lowe RF

Walls SS

Mejia C

Brujan 2B

Kiermaier CF

 

Orioles Starting Lineup

Mullins CF

Hays LF

Mancini 1B

Mountcastle DH

Santander RF

Urias SS

Severino C

Valaika 2B

Gutierrez 3B

Rays pitcher Nick Anderson throwing at Tropicana Field

Rays reliever Nick Anderson throws a live batting practice session Tuesday at Tropicana Field. (photo: Steve Carney/St. Pete Nine)

Anderson Close To Heading On Rehab Stint

Reliever Nick Anderson threw his second live batting practice session since beginning his rehab from a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament Tuesday afternoon, a 20-pitch session to Manuel Margot and Vidal Brujan at Tropicana Field.

“I’ll take it,” Anderson said after the session.  “Really it’s just part of the progression and just keep throwing and move along.”

Manager Kevin Cash said that the plan for Anderson would be to start a rehab assignment with a game in Port Charlotte in the Florida Complex League, then going to Triple-A Durham for repetition.

“He’s got a ways to go,” Cash admitted.  “We’ll just see, and hope the arm bounces back, he feels good while he’s pitching, and everything — the velo and the locate command — come to live like we’ve seen him, for being the best reliever in baseball the last couple of seasons.”

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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