For starters: Rays vs. Royals, with Stanek for openers

Rays looking to build on Mondayís come-from-behind win, Royals are starting Homer Bailey.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryne Stanek delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 19, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryne Stanek delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 19, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Published April 23
Updated April 23

UPDATE, 4:51: The Rays made it official that Blake Snell will start on Wednesday, broken right fourth toe and all. Snell said toe feels better when he pitches than when he walks, and his short Monday bullpen convinced him and team officials there was no risk. ... Cash said Choi will be back tomorrow from attending to his “personal matter” but they don’t know if he will be active. ... Cash said Hunter Wood probably won’t be back Wednesday, so with today the third of the allotted 3 days on the paternity list he’d be moved to another list. Cash did say baby was fine.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to build on Monday’s 6-3 win over the Royals tonight in game two of the series.

Ryne Stanek, who grew up in the Kansas City area, will be on the mound for the Rays as the opener.

Lefties Jalen Beeks and Ryan Yarbrough seem the most likely candidates to follow him, but the Rays also called up right-hander Austin Pruitt today, as Ji-Man Choi went on the restricted list for a 1-2 day absence.

The Rays today may announce Blake Snell as the Wednesday starter.

Here is the Rays lineup, with Brandon Lowe again at first base:

Lowe 1b

Pham lf

Diaz dh

Wendle 2b

Garcia rf

Kiermaier cf

Robertson 3b

Zunino c

Adames ss

Stanek p

And here is the Royals lineup:

Merrifield 2b

Mondesi ss

Gordon lf

Soler rf

O’Hearn 1b

Duda dh

Owings 3b

Maldonado c

Hamilton cf

Bailey p





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