Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

For starters: Rays vs. Jays, taking aim at two in a row

UPDATE, 4:57: RHP Chris Archer said he didn't feel his abdominal strain was getting worse, but was concerned with how sore he felt after throwing off the mound Saturday and decided he needed "more time" to recover. Though not putting any kind of timetable on it, he acknowledged that the longer it takes for him to get past that, the longer time he will need to build up to get back in the rotation. … OF Johnny Field tweaked his right knee on the awkward play at home plate that ended Sunday's game and was concerned until undergoing an MRI on Monday, but was told it was only a strain and he is available off the bench tonight and expects to be back in the lineup soon. … Cash said they will use an opener again in Wednesday's series finale, likely Wilmer Font in front of RHP Matt Andriese.

Here is the Blue Jays lineup:
Granderson dh
Solarte 3b
Hernandez lf
Smoak 1b
Pillar cf
Grichuk rf
Diaz ss
Maile c
Travis 2b
Garcia p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to make it two straight wins, and three in their last four games, tonight when they take on the Blue Jays again at 7:10.

RHP Ryne Stanek will be on the mound to open the game for the Rays, working the first inning or maybe two, in his fourth "start" of the season. RHP Austin Pruitt is slated to work the bulk of the innings behind him.

Rookies 1B Jake Bauers and SS Willy Adames are again in the lineup, as both starred and the Rays won Monday in their first game together in the big leagues.

The Jays are starting veteran LHP Jaime Garcia.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Duffy 3b
Bauers 1b
Ramos c
Cron dh
Adames ss
Arroyo 2b
Gomez rf
Smith cf
Refsnyder lf
Stanek p

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