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Rays Welcome Twins To Trop For Weekend Set

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

After taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners in the middle leg of this current homestand, the Tampa Bay Rays will look for their seventh win in the last ten games and hope to start off their weekend series with the Minnesota Twins with a victory.  Corey Kluber (0-1, 3.68 ERA) will get the start, taking on Dylan Bundy (3-0, 0.59 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

B. Lowe 2B

Franco SS

Diaz 1B

J. Lowe DH

Arozarena LF

Kiermaier CF

Zunino C

Phillips RF

Walls 3B

 

Twins Starting Lineup

Buxton DH

Arraez 1B

Correa SS

Polanco 2B

Kepler RF

Urshela 3B

Larnach LF

Sanchez C

Gordon CF

Rays “Leaning” On Activating Yarbrough For Next Start

Manager Kevin Cash said that left-hander Ryan Yarbrough‘s next start could be with the big club after making a pair of rehab starts with Triple-A Durham.

Yarbrough, who went on the injured list on April 11, retoroactive to April 8, with left groin tightness, pitched for the Bulls Thursday night against Memphis, worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four on 59 pitches.

“He felt good, which is the most important thing,” Cash said Friday.  “I would imagine we would be leaning towards inserting him into our rotation [next], but that has not been decided quite yet. But I think that’s where we’re trending.”

The Rays have been without both Yarbrough and right-hander Shane Baz the entire regular season, and lost Luis Patino early into his first start of 2022.  Both Patino and Baz are on the 60-day injured list, and won’t be eligible to return until mid-June.

 

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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