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Siri Back As Rays Try To Ensure Series Win Over Astros

photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays can earn a series win and a seventh consecutive win overall with a victory Tuesday at Tropicana Field over the Houston Astros.  Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.01 ERA) will get the start, taking on Luis Garcia (1-2, 5.14 ERA), with first pitch scheduled for 6:40.

Rays Starting Lineup

Diaz DH
Franco SS
Arozarena LF
J. Lowe RF
Paredes 3B
Raley 1B
Walls 2B
Mejia C
Siri CF

Astros Starting Lineup

Dubon 2B
Pena SS
Tucker RF
Bregman 3B
Abreu 1B
Julks LF
Meyers CF
Hensley DH
Maldonado C

Siri Activated From IL, Bradley Sent Down

The Rays made a pair of roster moves prior to Tuesday’s contest.  First, outfielder Jose Siri was activated from the 10-day injured list after missing almost three weeks with a hamstring injury.  Infielder Vidal Brujan, who had played sparingly since being called up, was optioned back to Triple-A Durham.

In addition, Taj Bradley, who improved to 3-0 in the big leagues after his win Monday, was also sent back to Durham, with reliever Heath Hembree being selected to the big league roster.  The 22-year-old starter, who has been on a six-day rotation, is expected to be transitioned to a five-day rotation while back with the Bulls.

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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