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For starters, Rays at White Sox



UPDATE, 6:54: Given the state of the bullpen, it sounds like manager Joe Maddon plans to loosen the limits on RHP Chris Archer tonight and would be willing to let him throw 100-plus pitches.

With the starters failing to work more than five innings in eight of the last 10 games, the pen has thrown 44 1/3 innings while the starters worked only 48 2/3.

Maddon and Ben Zobrist both said they were glad to see MLB chance the controversail "transfer" rule back to how it had been called.

UPDATE, 5:58: The Rays lineup has Matt Joyce in leftfield and David DeJesus at DH and otherwise as expected:

Zobrist 2b
Jennings cf
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
DeJesus dh
Escobar ss
Hanigan c
Archer p

And the Sox lineup:
Eaton cf
Semien 3b
Abreu 1b
Dunn dh
Viciedo rf
Ramirez ss
De Aza lf
Flowers c
Beckham 2b
Johnson p

DEVELOPING: The struggling Rays open a challenging 10-game three-city road trip tonight in Chicago against the White Sox.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays on what looks to be the most comfortable day of the trip, with temperatures in the 60s tonight. But it cools off Saturday with highs forecast in the 40s, and then rain sets in here and looks to follow the Rays to Boston and possibly New York.

Archer has been one of the Rays more consistent starters, as they struggle to replace injured Matt Moore and Alex Cobb in their rotation.

He will be be opposed tonight by White Sox rookie RHP Erik Johnson, and facing a Chicago lineup that has been quite offensive, ranking among the AL leaders in runs, hits, homers and on-base plus slugging percentage.

Lineups when available.




[Last modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 6:56pm]


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