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Rays-Mariners Wednesday preview

Today: at Mariners

3:40, Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: none; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (2-4, 4.23)

MARINERS: RH Taijuan Walker (2-2, 1.97)

On Archer: Worked six shutout innings to beat Angels on Friday in 100th career start (34-35, 3.34). Is 2-0, 0.96 in past three starts, 0-4, 7.32 in first four. Is 1-2, 2.08 in five starts vs. M's, no runs past three.

On Walker: Left Friday start at Houston after two innings due to neck spasms. Has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his six starts. Is 16-13, 3.89 in 46 big-league appearances. First game vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. WALKER

Hank Conger 3-for-5

Steve Pearce 1-for-2

MARINERS VS. ARCHER

Robinson Cano 0-for-13

Nelson Cruz 5-for-15

Adam Lind 7-for-20

Kyle Seager 0-for-13

Name game

With Rays LHP Drew Smyly facing Mariners LHP Wade Miley on Tuesday, ESPN's Jayson Stark posted a fun question on Twitter, asking followers for other previous rhyming matchups. With help from valueoverreplacementgrit.com, here are some of the better ones:

Johnny Sain vs. Bob Cain, 8/26/52

Dillon Gee vs. Cliff Lee, (multiple times

Livan Hernandez vs. Alex Fernandez, 4/03/200

Denny Neagle vs. Greg Keagle, 9/2/97

Jim Perry vs. Ralph Terry, 4/29/61

Jack Morris vs. Mike Norris, 5/18/82

Wilbur Wood vs. Don Hood, 5/10/75

Power ball

The Rays went into play Tuesday ranking third in the American League with 41 homers. But they also ranked last in the AL with 104 runs. That would seem not to compute, but also factor in that the Rays rank second-to-last in average with runners in scoring position at .216, and that 27 of those 41 homers were solo shots. "We'll take 'em any way," manager Kevin Cash said. "Eventually, yeah, you'd like to see us be able to manufacture a little differently. But we'll take them however we can get them."

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. A's, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.10); A's — LH Rich Hill (4-3, 2.39)

Saturday: vs. A's, 6:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (1-0, 1.29) ; A's — RH Kendall Graveman (1-4, 5.74)

Sunday: vs. A's, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (1-3, 4.83); A's — RH Sonny Gray (3-4, 6.00)

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (1-3, 2.72); Jays — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 18, targeting late May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Mariners Wednesday preview 05/10/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:27pm]
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