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Rays: Wardrobe fix for Myers, Archer "feels" Safeco

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 9:10 tonight, Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.14)

Mariners: LH James Paxton (MLB debut)

On Archer: Coming off 3 2/3-inning outing Monday at Anaheim, allowing nine hits and five runs. Lost to Mariners on Aug. 13 at Trop, allowing five runs in five innings.

On Paxton: Fourth-round pick in 2010 draft from University of Kentucky. Was 8-11 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 games at Triple-A Tacoma, with 131 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Paxton

None have faced

Mariners VS. Archer

Nick Franklin 0-for-3

Brad Miller 2-for-3, 2 HR

Kendrys Morales 1-for-3

Justin Smoak 2-for-3

On deck

Sunday: at Mariners, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (15-3, 3.27); Mariners — Erasmo Ramirez (5-1, 5.07)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-7, 3.51); Red Sox — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82); Red Sox — TBA

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04); Red Sox — TBA

Rays disabled list

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rangers 80-60 .571—

Rays 77-63 .550

Indians 75-65 .536 2

Orioles 75-65 .536 2

Yankees 75-66 .532 2½

Team Wil

3B Evan Longoria (top) said the 20 Team Wil T-shirts he distributed in the clubhouse Thursday weren't prompted by rookie OF Wil Myers hitting two homers the night before. Actually it was a teasing response to Longoria noticing Myers usually wears generic-looking T-shirts. "He never has any Rays stuff on," Longoria said. "So I figured if I got him a shirt that had the Rays on the front and his name on the back that maybe he'd be more inclined to wear it. And it was actually just very fitting that they were finished the day after he had that huge game in Anaheim."

Complete experience

Visualization is a big part of rookie RHP Chris Archer's prestart preparation, and he planned to spend time Friday getting the look, feel, sounds, smells, etc. of Safeco Field before pitching there for the first time tonight. "Visualization is deeper than just seeing something or actually seeing yourself do something," he said. "You have to use all five senses, not just sight."

Rays: Wardrobe fix for Myers, Archer "feels" Safeco 09/06/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 1:42am]
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