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Rays Turn To Kluber To Finish Series Win In Baltimore

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to finish off the weekend series in Baltimore by earning their eighth series win in their last ten played.  Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.29 ERA) will get the start, taking on Spenser Watkins (0-1, 5.10 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35.

Rays Starting Lineup

Kiermaier CF

Arozarena LF

Choi 1B

Ramirez DH

Brujan 2B

Paredes 3B

Phillips RF

Zunino C

Walls SS

 

Orioles Starting Lineup

Mullins CF

Mancini RF

Santander LF

Mountcastle 1B

Rutschman DH

Urias 3B

Odor 2B

Chirinos C

Mateo SS

Franco Hopes To Return Soon

Shortstop Wander Franco missed Saturday’s win and is not in the lineup today, but said before the game that he hopes to return to the lineup soon.

Franco has dealt with hamstring and quad issues in both legs over the first couple of months of the season, and admitted Sunday that he is still adjusting to playing on the Tropicana Field turf.

The 21-year-old has just two hits — both singles — in his last 34 at-bats dating back to May 10.

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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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