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Rasmussen Looks To Secure Winning Road Trip For Rays

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays can run their season-long winning streak to six games Saturday with a third consecutive victory over the Seattle Mariners.  Drew Rasmussen (2-1, 3.13 ERA) will get the start, taking on Marco Gonzales (1-3, 4.05 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 9:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz 1B

Franco SS

Ramirez DH

Arozarena LF

Lowe 2B

Margot RF

Zunino C

Paredes 3B

Kiermaier CF


Mariners Starting Lineup

Frazier 2B

France 1B

Crawford SS

Suarez 3B

Winker LF

Toro DH

Rodriguez CF

Kelenic RF

Raleigh C

Fleming Sent To Durham, Garza Recalled

photo: Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays made a roster move to bolster their pitching staff Saturday, optioning left-hander Josh Fleming to Triple-A Durham, and recalling right-hander Ralph Garza from the Bulls.

Fleming has appeared in six games, two starts and four bulk appearances, for the Rays this year, and has accumulated a 2-3 record and a 6.38 ERA.  He worked 2 2/3 innings in Friday’s win, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks.

Garza, who was claimed off waivers by the Rays from the Boston Red Sox on April 7, has made one appearance with Tampa Bay this year.  On April 12 against Oakland at Tropicana Field, he allowed three runs in his first inning of work, but held the Athletics to just one hit over the last two innings of his outing, as Tampa Bay would eventually come back to beat the Athletics 9-8 in 10 innings.  In Durham, he has gone 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in seven appearances, including a pair of opens.

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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