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Rays Prepare For Final Homestand By Welcoming Tigers

photo: Steve Carney/St. Pete Nine

The Tampa Bay Rays start the final homestand of the 2021 regular season Thursday evening with the first of four games against the Detroit Tigers.  Louis Head (1-0, 2.67 ERA) will open the first game of the series, taking on Tyler Alexander (2-2, 4.09 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz 3B

Margot RF

Cruz DH

Arozarena LF

Lowe 2B

Luplow 1B

Wendle SS

Zunino C

Kiermaier CF


Tigers Starting Lineup

Grossman RF

Schoop 1B

Cabrera DH

Candelario 3B

Haase LF

Goodrum SS

Garneau C

W. Castro 2B

Hill CF

Reed Makes Rehab Appearance For Rays FCL Team In Fort Myers

Left-hander Cody Reed was thought to be done for the year after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in June, but the reliever is already throwing again in game situations.

Reed pitched a scoreless inning in the Rays Florida Complex League game Thursday in Fort Myers, allowing one walk and striking out three FCL Twins players.

The 28-year-old southpaw had not pitche din a game since May 28, when he walked a pair and struck out a pair of Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, and was placed back on the injured list with the finger issue that plagued him all the way back to 2020.

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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