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Rays Hope Hill Can End Losing Streak

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will take another stab at ending their losing streak, which now stands at seven straight games.  Rich Hill (5-2, 3.64 ERA) will get the start taking on Garrett Richards (4-4, 4.36 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Lowe 2B

Choi 1B

Franco SS

Meadows DH

Arozarena LF

Wendle 2B

Margot RF

Phillips CF

Zunino C


Red Sox Starting Lineup

Santana CF

Verdugo LD

Martinez DH

Bogaerts SS

Devers 3B

Renfroe RF

Vazquez C

Hernandez 2B

Dalbec 1B

Rays Scratch Walls From Lineup

Taylor Walls was in the original lineup for the Rays, but was scratched due to soreness in his right wrist.

Manager Kevin Cash said before the game that Walls has been dealing with the issue for some time, and that a diving play in Tuesday’s loss exacerbated the issue.  They hope a day’s rest will help calm the soreness down, but he is available off the bench if needed.

Brett Phillips was entered in the lineup in Walls’ spot to play center field.  Manuel Margot was moved to right, Brandon Lowe moves to second base, Joey Wendle to third, and Wander Franco will play shortstop.

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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