Friday, July 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Andriese to make season debut in front of mom on Mother's Day

ANAHEIM, Calif. — RHP Matt Andriese was happy enough, of course, just to be called up to start for the Rays.

That it will happen near his Redlands, Calif., home and against the Angels team he grew up watching in the same stadium was better. And that it allows him to provide a tremendous present to his mom, Lynn, who will get to see him pitch in the majors for the first time, made it even more perfect.

"It's going to be pretty exciting to walk on the field on Mother's Day," he said.

Andriese made the opening day roster last year, and his parents came to the Trop, but he didn't pitch in the first series. His dad got a chance to see him once during his up-and-down season between the Rays and Triple-A Durham, but Lynn's work schedule worked against her.

"To be at home with my mom, and she hasn't seen me pitch yet in the big leagues, she's going to be very happy," he said.

Adding to the warm fuzzies, Andriese remembers his family bringing Lynn to a Mother's Day game at Angel Stadium about 10 years ago. "I'm really excited to be here," he said.

Andriese has pitched well at Durham this year and is coming off a dazzling start in which he struck out 14.

But he has had some issues with his delivery from the stretch, specifically how he has stopped, leading to five balks being called and some ongoing tinkering. As a result, he started that Tuesday game from the stretch in an effort to get comfortable and did so well he stuck with it for the first six innings. He said he likely will go back to the windup today but will see how he feels warming up.

MARINEZ DUMPED: To make room for Andriese on the active roster, RHP Jhan Marinez was designated for assignment.

Marinez pitched well in three appearances since being called up April 24, with a 2.45 ERA. The most likely other opiton would have been to send RHP Steve Geltz, who has an option, to Triple-A Durham.

"(Marinez) actually made it a pretty difficult decision for us in the limited time (since) he came up,'' Cash said. "He did some really good things.''

The Rays now have 10 days to trade, release or pass Marinez through waivers.

"For his sake, if he gets picked up great,'' Cash said. "If not, obviously he'd be a guy we'd love to have back.''

Another question is what the Rays do with Andriese after today's game. They could keep him to stay in what has been a four-man rotation, could move him to the bullpen until they next need a fifth starter (by May 17) or could send him down and bring up a reliever, such as RHP Danny Farquhar.

LINING UP: The team went back to a lineup with LF Desmond Jennings, who after going 0-for-4 is now 1-for-his-last-31, and 1B Logan Morrison, hitting .104 with no RBIs, putting hot-hitting Brandon Guyer and Steve Pearce on the bench.

Cash said there was both "a lot of thought" and not "much reasoning" in the decision as he tries to find the right balance, knowing Jennings and Morrison have been working hard to improve.

"I think we've remained consistent all along that those two guys are going to have to not just play but play well for us to be the type of team we want to be," he said. "I don't think we can just put them on the back burner."

ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHT: DH Corey Dickerson said he came into Friday's game free of the burden of his career-worst 0-for-23 streak, then he showed it with a three-run homer in the four-run first as the Rays rolled to a 5-2 win. RHP Chris Archer, acknowledging there was still room for improvement, worked six shutout innings in his 100th career start and earned his second win of the season.

MISCELLANY: The start of Saturday night's game was delayed a few minutes as the umpires informed both dugouts that the replay system was not working, though it went back online during the first inning. … The Rays are 9-1 when scoring more than three runs. ... In addition to being hit by two more pitches Friday, giving him an MLB-most nine on the season, Guyer received his first career intentional walk. … Brad Miller on Friday became just the third Rays shortstop to have a four-hit night that included a home run, joining Jason Bartlett (2008) and Reid Brignac (2009). … The 36 homers through 27 games were a franchise high.

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