Your Sunday starter: Jamey Wright
Once the Rays didn't need to use reliever Jamey Wright in Saturday's game, they announced he will start Sunday's game,
The Rays decided they felt more comfortable starting Wright and using a series of relievers that veteran righthander Roberto Hernandez against the lefty-laden A's.
"We had different options,'' manager Joe Maddon said. "Part of it is that Roberto against this particular group is not a tremendously good matchup with their ability to throw all those lefties out there.''
Wright is a converted starter, though he last started a game in 2007, He said he will truly take it one inning at a time, but at 38 will enjoy the opportunity.
“I’m looking forward to it,’’ said Wright. No biggie. It’s not like I’m going to go out there and go five, six innings or anything. ... Just another day at the office. I'm just going to pitch a few innings earlier.''
Wright is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 54 relief appearances this season, making two three-inning appearances.
The Rays have rookie RHP Chris Archer set to start Monday in Anaheim, but haven't set their rotation beyond that. A major issue is deciding whether to bring back LHP Matt Moore on Tuesday or Wednesday.