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UPDATED: For starters: Rays at Astros, with Souza now out of lineup

Chris Archer has pitched very well against the Astros, with a 4-2, 1.68 record in seven games.

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Chris Archer has pitched very well against the Astros, with a 4-2, 1.68 record in seven games.

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UPDATE, 6:58: Souza decided the left foot was too sore after all, and has been scratched from the lineup, with Peter Bourjos now starting in center and Mallex Smith moving to right.

Here is the new lineup:
Dickerson lf
Duda 1b
Longoria 3b
Morrison dh
Miller 2b
Hechavarria ss
Bourjos cf
Smith rf
Sucre c
Archer p

UPDATE, 6:24: Dickerson will be at the top of the order again against right-handers for now, Cash said, since he seems to be comfortable there. And Cash likes the power potential with Duda behing him. ... Whitley was sent down becauase the Rays needed a fresh arm in the pen, which Cash said made it a tough conversation, though they are excited about Stanek ... Souza said his left foot is still sore but "it's Aug. 1 and you have to get out there and play.'' ... Sucre said he felt fine after pitching an inning last night.

Here is the Rays lineup, with Morrison getting another day at DH to rest his heel:
Dickerson lf,
Duda 1b,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison DH,
Souza RF,
Miller 2b,
Hechavarria SS,
Smith cf,
Sucre c,
Archer p

And here is the Astros lineup:
Fisher lf
Altuve 2b
Reddick rf
Gurriel 1b
Gonzalez ss
Beltran dh
Gattis c
Bregman 3b
Marisnick cf
Fiers p

 

DEVELOPING: RHP Chris Archer likes the attention, likes the spotlight and likes pitching in big games, and the Rays will be counting on him heavily tonight as they seek to bounce back from Monday's 14-7 drubbing.

Worse, they have been sputtering since returning from the west coast, losing nine of their last 12.

On the plus side, Archer has pitched very well against the Astros, with a 4-2, 1.68 record in seven games against them, and at Minute Maid Park, where he threw a one-hit complete game in Aug. 2015.

The Rays bullpen will have a slightly different look, as hard-throwing RHP Ryne Stanek was recalled from Triple-A Durham to replace RHP Chase Whitley, who was forced to throw three innings on Monday after starter RHP Alex Cobb lasted only three.

One lineup question for the Rays tonight is the status of RF Steven Souza Jr., who fouled a ball off his left foot in the second inning Monday and eventually lelt the game, though x-rays were negative.

Also, the Rays are expected to have Logan Morrison back at first base for the first time since Thursday, when he bruised his left heel running to first.

The Astros tonight are starting RHP Mike Fiers.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:56pm]

    

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