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Rays Return Home To Open Series With Yankees

Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan
photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

Following a day off on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays begin a nine-game home stand this evening with the first of three contests against the New York Yankees.  Lefty Shane McClanahan (4-3, 3.88 ERA) will get the start, taking on Jordan Montgomery (3-5, 3.96 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Margot RF

Franco SS

Cruz DH

Diaz 3B

Choi 1B

Arozarena LF

Lowe 2B

Zunino C

Kiermaier CF


Yankees Starting Lineup

LeMahieu 1B

Judge RF

Sanchez C

Stanton DH

Torres SS

Odor 2B

Urshela 3B

LaMarre LF

Allen CF


Rays Activate Margot Before Series

As expected, the Tampa Bay Rays activated outfielder Manuel Margot from the 10-day injured list before Tuesday’s contest.

Margot suffered a hamstring injury on July 6 while beating out a ninth-inning infield single against the Cleveland Indians, a game which the Rays would come back and win in the inning in part because of that play.  In 76 games this season, Margot has a slash line of .252/.297/.404 with nine home runs and 44 RBI.

To make room for Margot, Tampa Bay optioned reliever Sean Poppen to Triple-A Durham on Monday.

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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