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For starters: Rays at Red Sox, as Archer seeks first win

Chris Archer has yet to win this season, 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA, but doesn't feel he is pitching poorly — although without his best slider to this point — and is confident he is close to breaking through.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Chris Archer has yet to win this season, 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA, but doesn't feel he is pitching poorly — although without his best slider to this point — and is confident he is close to breaking through.

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UPDATE, 6:06: Cash reiterated that it was too soon into the season to make major changes to the lineup and that he saw promising signs last night from Morrison, including some "just-miss" swings. ... Also, even though RHP Erasmo Ramirez is lined up to start Saturday, Cash said he would be willing to use him again tonight in relief. ... The Red Sox made several roster moves, putting RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day DL and sending down INF Marco Hernandez while adding fresh arms in calling up RHPs Noe Ramirez and William Cuevas.

UPDATE, 3:31: The Rays continue to stick with 1B Logan Morrison in the No. 2 spot in the order despite his 2-for-37 start. Also, C Hank Conger will make his first start tonight since the Indians stole 5 bases off him on Thursday.

Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Morrison 1b
Longoria 3b
Dickerson DH
Jennings lf
Miller ss
Souza rf
Kiermaier cf
Conger c
Archer p

Red Sox lineup:
Betts rf
Pedroia 2b,
Bogaerts ss,
Ortiz DH,
Ramirez 1b,
Shaw 3b,
Holt lf,
Vazquez C,
Bradley Jr. cf,
Porcello p

DEVELOPING: After a thrilling and somewhat historic win over the Red Sox on Tuesday, the Rays are set for Game 2 of the series tonight with RHP Chris Archer on the mound.

Archer has yet to win this season, 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA, but doesn't feel he is pitching poorly — although without his best slider to this point — and is confident he is close to breaking through.

"I've been very diligent, as always, about the work that I've put in and definitely going to turn that corner here pretty soon," he said Tuesday. "Looking forward to doing that against these guys. But it's going to be a tall task — they have a great lineup and a nice mix of veterans and youth."

On Tuesday, the Rays beat the Red Sox 3-0 in 10 innings, with Drew Smyly working the first eight innings as the Rays allowed only one hit.

Among other historic notables:

• It was the first time the Red Sox were shut out at home since June 2015, a span of 63 games in between.

• It was the first time the Red Sox were one-hit in extra innings at home. (It was the first time that happened anywhere in the majors since 2013, when the Mets did it to the White Sox.)

• It was the Rays first extra-inning win since June 3, 2015, dropping 11 straight in the interim.

• It was the first time the Rays scored an extra-inning shutout win on the road, and second overall, with Reid Brignac walking off the Yankees with a 10th-inning homer on in September 2010.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday he expected to start C Hank Conger, who hasn't started since allowing five stolen bases to the Indians last Thursday.

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 6:07pm]

    

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