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Rays Open Two-Game Set With Jays Looking To Close Gap

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays come into their two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays trailing them by three games in the standings and holding just a one-game lead over Cleveland for the final Wild Card.  Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 3.17 ERA) will get the start, taking on Kevin Gausman (7-8, 3.30 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Arozarena DH
Lowe 2B
Paredes 3B
Choi 1B
Siri CF
Peralta LF
Bethancourt C
Raley RF
Walls SS

Blue Jays Starting Lineup

Gurriel LF
Guerrero 1B
Kirk C
Bichette SS
Hernandez RF
Chapman 3B
Tapia CF
Jansen DH
Espinal 2B

Phillips Stays In AL East

The Tampa Bay Rays designated outfielder Brett Phillips for assignment after trading for Jose Siri on Monday.  Today, the outfielder reportedly knows where he’ll be landing, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the Baltimore Orioles have reportedly reached a deal to acquire the outfielder.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Phillips was traded for cash considerations.

The Rays have confirmed the trade.

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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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