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For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, on Archer day

Chris Archer said he plans to be aggressive from the first pitch tonight, having struggled through a 33-pitch, 3-walk first inning in his last start Wednesday in Seattle.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Chris Archer said he plans to be aggressive from the first pitch tonight, having struggled through a 33-pitch, 3-walk first inning in his last start Wednesday in Seattle.

UPDATE, 6:12: LHP Matt Moore's next start is being pushed back to Monday, allowing the Rays to split up their two lefties as he had been preceding LHP Drew Smyly, and also giving Moore extra rest as he has been struggling. RHP Chris Archer will start Sunday's series finale in Detroit, and Moore the series opener in Miami on Monday. ... Jays manager John Gibbons will start a three-game suspension tonight as a result of Sunday's brawl in Texas, and RHP Jesse Chavez will decide whether to start serving his or appeal. OF Jose Bautista is appealing a one-game suspension so he will play vs. the Rays.

Jays lineup:
Saunders lf
Donaldson 3b
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Smoak 1b
Tulowitzki ss
Pillar cf
Martin c
Goins 2b
Stroman p


UPDATE, 6:04:
As much as Rays Cash prefers R-L-R-L batting order, he said he switched based on clumping hot hitters, thus slotting Pearce 4th and dropping Dickerson down to 6. ... Cash also said it was tough call to sit Jennings tonight after 3-hit Monday, will have him in Weds lineup.

UPDATE, 3:19: The Rays lineup has a somewhat different look tonight, as Cash has three straight right-handed batters, in Longoria, Pearce and Souza 3-4-5, and then three straight lefties in Dickerson, Morrison and Kiermaier.

Rays lineup:
Guyer lf,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Pearce 2b,
Souza rf,
Dickerson DH
Morrison 1b
Kiermaier cf
Casali c
Archer p

DEVELOPING: After punching the Blue Jays repeatedly in a 13-2 series-opening win on Monday, the Rays are looking to make it two in a row tonight at Rogers Centre and will have All-Star ace RHP Chris Archer on the mound.

Archer said he plans to be aggressive from the first pitch tonight, having struggled through a 33-pitch, 3-walk first inning in his last start Wednesday in Seattle.

The Blue Jays are starting their ace, RHP Marcus Stroman, who took a day off Sunday to participate in graduation ceremonies at Duke, where he finished his degree last year while rehabbing from a knee injury.

Archer, joking about his friend Stroman, said, "He has to face our hitters so hopefully he doesn't out-smart them.''

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:17pm]

    

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