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For starters: Rays at White Sox, Archer vs. history and weather

If Chris Archer gets the loss, he will become the first major-league pitcher with 20 losses since Mike Maroth in 2003, and just the second since 1980.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

If Chris Archer gets the loss, he will become the first major-league pitcher with 20 losses since Mike Maroth in 2003, and just the second since 1980.

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UPDATE, 6:58: Cash said he won't manage any differently as far as handling Archer with the potential for 20 losses, making decisions based on pitch count and game situations. Cash is mindful of Archer needing 5 1/3 innings to reach 200. ... Though the Rays have been in a skid, Cash said the issue is the injury depleted lineup, not that the players have quit or are mailing it in: "There's no give up, no lack of effort. We've got half of our lineup right now that are getting opportunities. The injuries stink but they do allow for some opportunties. ... Guys are busting it out of the box, they are getting down the line. We've been pitched well against and it's kind of limited us.''

UPDATE, 5:31: The Rays have Bobby Wilson, who seems to be Archer's favorite receiver, behind the plate for tonight's game.

Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Kiermaier cf
Longoria 3b
Miller 1b
Dickerson lf
Mahtook rf
Ramirez ss
Casali dh
Wilson c
Archer p

White Sox lineup:
Eaton rf
Anderson ss
Cabrera lf
Abreu 1b
Morneau dh
Frazier 3b
Avila c
Sanchez 2b
L. Garcia cf
Quintana p

DEVELOPING: As bad as the Rays have been going, losing six straight and going 40 innings without a lead, they hope to avoid a slice of infamy tonight when Chris Archer takes the mound with 19 losses.

If Archer gets the loss, he will become the first major-league pitcher with 20 losses since Mike Maroth in 2003, and just the second since 1980.

The White Sox are one issue tonight, and the weather could be another as rain is again in the forecast, though it has been improving throughout the day and the tarp was removed around 3 p.m. Chicago time. Wednesday's game was delayed and interrupted by rain.

The White Sox will start LHP Jose Quintana.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:01pm]

    

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