For starters: Kiermaier returns for tonight's tilt between Price and Snell
Kevin Kiermaier returns to the lineup tonight as the Rays begin a four-game series against the AL wild Card-leading Red Sox.
Kiermaier, who played the final two innings of Sunday’s win against the Rangers after missing nearly two games because of tightness in his left hip, said the issue is not 100 percent resolved, but he feels well enough to play.
Manager Kevin Cash said the team wants to give Kiermaier as much rest as possible, especially playing on the Trop’s unforgiving turf. But the Rays are a better team with Kiermaier in center and lately with him at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, so they want him to play as often as possible.
Tonight’s matchup is a pair of lefties who represent the Rays past (David Price) and the Rays future (Blake Snell).
Price is looking for his first win at the Trop since he was traded at the 2014 trade deadline to Detroit. He is 0-3 with a 3.98 ERA in three starts at the Trop – two with the Tigers and one with the Blue Jays.
Snell beat the Red Sox in his lone start against them. He allowed four runs on eight hits and walked four in 5 1/3 innings June 27, the night the Rays snapped their 11-game losing streak with a 13-7 win.
Here are the lineups:
Price LHP (11-8, 4.19)
Snell LHP (4-5, 3.06)