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Saturday Rays-Tigers preview

Today: vs. Tigers

4:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office,, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Floppy hat giveaway for all fans.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Blake Snell (1-2, 3.54)

Tigers: RH Justin Verlander (7-6, 4.30)

On Snell: Hasn't allowed a home run homer this season. The only other Ray to pitch deeper into career without allowing a homer was James Shields (six starts).

On Verlander: Allowed eight runs on nine hits in 42/3 innings against the Indians during his last start. Is 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 14 career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Verlander

Oswaldo Arcia 0-for-5

Nick Franklin 1-for-6

Desmond Jennings4-for-11, 2 HR

Evan Longoria 7-for-28, HR

Tigers vs. Snell

First appearance

On deck

Sunday: vs. Tigers, 1:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-11, 4.76); Tigers — RH Mike Pelfrey (2-7, 5.02)

Monday: vs. Angels, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (3-5, 5.04); Angels — TBA

Bye-bye June

The Rays were 11-17 in June, their worst record in that month since the 2007 squad went 11-17. The Rays hit 38 home runs and scored 115 runs. Their four stolen bases were the fewest of any month in team history. The pitchers had a 5.12 ERA, highest in team history for June since '07 (5.79). The bullpen ERA was 5.77, highest in the American League.

Roger Mooney, Times correspondent

Saturday Rays-Tigers preview 07/01/16 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2016 10:43pm]
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