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Rasmussen Looks To Even Up Series With Mariners

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to bounce back from their 8-4 loss Tuesday night in the opening game of their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners by taking the middle game of the set Wednesday.  Drew Rasmussen (0-1, 5.25 ERA) will get the start, taking on Marco Gonzales (1-1, 3.29 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 6:40.

Rays Starting Lineup

Arozarena LF

Franco SS

Ramirez DH

Diaz 1B

B. Lowe 2B

Margot RF

Walls 3B

Kiermaier CF

Pinto C


Mariners Starting Lineup

Frazier DH

France 1B

Winker LF

Suarez 3B

Crawford SS

Toro 2B

Rodriguez CF

Kelenic RF

Raleigh C

Zunino Should Avoid Injured List Wtih Biceps Injury

Catcher Mike Zunino, who left Tuesday’s game with left biceps soreness, said Wednesday he believes that he will not need to go in the injured list for the issue.

“[I’m] a little sore from all the treatment and stuff,” Zunino said.  “But I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

Both Zunino and manager Kevin Cash said he could be available tonight in an emergency, but they’d like to give him another day or two to heal further.

Kluber Has Start Pushed Back A Day

The Rays said pitcher Corey Kluber, who was scheduled to start Thursday’s finale against Seattle, will now be pushed back a day, and start Friday night’s opener against the Minnesota Twins.

Cash said the team will use a bullpen day on Thursday.

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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