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For starters: Rays vs. Angels, with Archer pitching

Chris Archer has been impressive in his last two starts, coming off a win over the Yankees.

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Chris Archer has been impressive in his last two starts, coming off a win over the Yankees.



UPDATE, 5:25: Manager Joe Maddon admitted that last night's loss stuck with him longer than the usual half hour: "31 minutes.'' ... Maddon said the Rays feel good about giving Jeremy Hellickson some rest in optioning him to Charlotte, and do expect him back next week but haven't determined yet when he will pitch again. ... Officially the Rays have only announced that Price is pitching Friday and Cobb Saturday, listing TBA for Sunday when Hernandez is expected to start, ... Though it is supposed to be American Legion week with players coming in late and taking it easy, several were on the field for early batting practice including Evan Longoria and Wil Myers. ... Maddon said RHP Jesse Crain is "kinda stuck right now" in his rehab from a shoulder strain and for him to pitch this season the Rays probably "need to see signifcant movement" in the next week or so. Crain said he remains hopeful but is frustrated by the slow pace. He will travel with the team and said his goal is to progress from playing catch to throwing off the mound by the end of the trip.

UPDATE, 5:17: The Rays lineup has what is expected to be a familiar look vs, right-handers:
DeJesus lf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Joyce dh
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Jennings cf
Lobaton c
Escobar ss
Archer p

Angels lineup:
Shuck lf
Aybar ss
Trout cf
Hamilton dh
Trumbo 1b
Calhoun rf
Nelson 3b
Ianetta c
Green 2b
Richards p

DEVELOPING: Having lost three straight games - to three different teams - the Rays seek to turn things around tonight when they take on the Angels at the Trop.

Rookie RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, opposed by Angels RHP Garrett Richards.

Archer has been impressive in his last two starts, coming off a win over the Yankees.

Tuesday's loss was the combination of wasted early opportunities, a costly rare error by CF Desmond Jennings and RHP Fernando Rodney's eighth blown save of the season. The result was their 12th loss of the season after holding a lead in the seventh inning or later.

Though the team is not holding batting practice as part of what manager Joe Maddon dubbed "American Legion" week, several players were on the field to take early swings, including Evan Longoria and Wil Myers.

The Rays also shuffled their rotation on Tuesday, announcing that RHP Jake Odorizzi would be called up to start Thursday's game, pushing LHP David Price back to Friday and RHP Alex Cobb to Saturday.

Lineups when available.





[Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:31pm]


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