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Rays-Astros Sunday preview

Today: at Astros

2:10, Minute Maid Park, Houston

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 1550-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (7-17, 4.11)

ASTROS: RH Doug Fister (12-8, 3.59)

On Archer: Coming off loss to Red Sox, allowing one earned run but throwing 109 pitches in five innings. Has MLB-most 17 losses, one shy of team record. Is 3-2, 1.31 in six starts vs. Astros.

On Fister: Is 2-1, 3.00 over past five starts. Has allowed 199 baserunners over 153 innings, including 50 walks. Is 2-4, 3.63 in seven games (six starts) vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. FISTER

Corey Dickerson 1-for-6

Logan Forsythe 2-for-3

Evan Longoria 4-for-13

Steven Souza Jr. 1-for-3

ASTROS VS. ARCHER

Jose Altuve 4-for-15

Jason Castro 1-for-14

Evan Gattis 0-for-6

Marwin Gonzalez 4-for-8

Cashing in

Going by their first two seasons, Kevin Cash is the most successful of the five to manage the Rays:

Kevin Cash, 2015-16

134-156, .462

Lou Piniella, 2003-04

133-190, .412

Larry Rothschild, 1998-99

132-192, .407

Joe Maddon, 2006-07

127-197, .392

Hal McRae, 2001-02

113-196, .366

On deck

Monday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (6-5, 3.71); Red Sox — RH Rick Porcello (17-3, 3.23)

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.53); Red Sox — LH Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 2.95)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Astros Sunday preview 08/27/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 27, 2016 11:09pm]
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