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Rays Turn To McClanahan To Go For Two In A Row

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

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to build on Tuesday evening’s 9-8 10-inning win over the Oakland Athletics by making it two wins in a row with a victory in the third game of this four-game series.  Shane McClanahan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start of 2022, taking on Oakland’s Opening Day starter Frankie Montas (0-1, 9.00 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 6:40.

Rays Starting Lineup

Lowe 2B

Franco SS

Arozarena DH

Choi 1B

Diaz 3B

Lowe LF

Margot RF

Kiermaier CF

Mejia C


Athletics Starting Lineup

Pinder LF

Lowrie 1B

Piscotty RF

Murphy C

Brown DH

Andrus SS

Neuse 2B

Smith 3B

Pache CF

Rays Select Knight To Major League Roster

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – MARCH 17: Dusten Knight #76 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during the Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day at Charlotte Sports Park on Thursday, March 17, 2022 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mary Holt/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

After using five relievers in Tuesday’s win, and four relief pitchers and a position player in Monday’s loss, manager Kevin Cash said half-jokingly after Tuesday’s game that they weren’t sure how they would piece the pitching together on Wednesday.  Well, the front office has added another arm to help the team in their stretch of 13 straight games before the first day off of the season.

Tampa Bay selected right-hander Dusten Knight from Triple-A Durham, optioning Ralph Garza Jr., who worked three innings of relief Tuesday, down to the Bulls.

The 31-year-old from Talequah, Oklahoma made three Grapefruit League appearances for the Rays this spring, not allowing a hit, walking two and striking out five in three innings of work.  He made his big league debut in 2021, compiling no record and a 9.35 ERA in seven appearances out of the bullpen.  Two of his appearances came at Tropicaa Field against the Rays on August 7 and 8.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Knight, pitcher Luis Patino, who was placed on the injured list Tuesday with a left oblique strain, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

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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