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Rasmussen Looks To Give Rays Series Win Over Tigers

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look for a second consecutive victory over the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, taking the series in the rubber match of their three-game series at Tropicana Field.  Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.67 ERA) will get the start, taking on Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 3.72 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz 1B

Franco SS

Ramirez DH

Arozarena LF

Mejia C

Paredes 3B

Brujan RF

Walls 2B

Phillips CF


Tigers Starting Lineup

Grossman RF

W. Castro LF

Baez SS

Candelario DH

Schoop 2B

H. Castro 3B

Torkelson 1B

Barnhart C

Hill CF

Sanders Back From Back Spasms, Sent To Durham

The Rays activated relief pitcher Phoenix Sanders from the 15-day injured list on Wednesday, and optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

Sanders went on the injured list May 3 with lower back spasms after working in his fifth career big-league game against Oakland the day prior.  He had amassed no record and a 1.80 earned run average in those five appearances out of the bullpen.

Baz, Chargois Set To Start Rehab Assignments

Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that pitchers Shane Baz and JT Chargois will be heading to Durham to begin rehab assignments this week.

Baz, who had surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow during Spring Training, is scheduled to start  and pitch two innings Thursday in Jacksonville, while Chargois, who was sidelined with left oblique tightness and right-hander Chris Mazza (lower back spasms) will both pitch Friday against the Jumbo Shrimp.


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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