Rays at Nationals
When/where: 7:05 tonight, Nationals Park, Washington
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Chris Archer (major-league debut)
NATIONALS: RH Stephen Strasburg (8-1, 2.45)
On Archer: The 23-year-old acquired from the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal makes his big-league debut after going 4-8, 4.81 at Triple-A Durham. He throws primarily a fastball, slider and changeup and allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of his 14 starts.
On Strasburg: The 23-year-old whiz kid has been on a roll, winning his past five starts while posting a 2.79 ERA and striking out 44 in 29 innings. The Nats have talked of limiting his innings post-surgery, but he's making it a tough decision.
Rays VS. STRASBURG
None have faced
NATS VS. ARCHER
None have faced
Thursday: at Nationals, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (4-5, 4.16); Nationals — Gio Gonzalez (8-3, 2.52)
Friday: at Phillies, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (7-4, 3.72); Phillies — Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48)
Saturday: at Phillies, 4:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82); Phillies — Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29)
Sunday: at Phillies, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (9-4, 3.08); Phillies — Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25)
Stat of the day
232 Major-league record consecutive games started by pitchers drafted by the Rays, a streak that ends with tonight's start by Chris Archer, who was drafted by the Indians and acquired from the Cubs. (The last game started by a non-Rays draftee? Sept. 30, 2010, by Matt Garza, who was traded for Archer.)
Historical note of the day
In their tremendous pitching performance against Miami, the Rays became the first team to throw two shutouts allowing two or fewer hits in the same series since the 2006 A's (vs. Mariners), and the first with 10-plus strikeouts in each game since the 1986 Astros (vs. Giants).
Quote of the day
"That's incredibly cruel. That's ultimate cruel. That is grand mal cruel right there."
Manager Joe Maddon, on RHP Chris Archer having to bat against Washington flamethrower Stephen Strasburg in his big-league debut.