Rays lineups for Sunday

Blake Snell takes the mound and Ji-Man returns to the leadoff spot for Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Blake Snell gave the Rays five solid innings on Monday, July 15, 2019, in New York. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
Blake Snell gave the Rays five solid innings on Monday, July 15, 2019, in New York. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
Published July 21

Rays manager Kevin Cash penciled Avisail Garcia in center field for the second straight day, this time replacing the injured Kevin Kiermaier. Blake Snell hopes to be the stopper and end a 5-game losing streak for the Rays on Sunday.

Kevin Kiermaier landed on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain on Sunday. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia, recalled from Triple-A Durham, took a 6 a.m. flight to join the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Infielder Matt Duffy, working his way back from back and hamstring injuries, homered on Saturday in what should be his last rehab start with the class Triple-A Durham Bulls. He is flying into the Tampa Bay area on Sunday to rejoin the team. Cash said that Duffy could be activated for the upcoming series against Boston.

“He’s taken the long road back,” Cash said of Duffy, who has yet to appear in a major league game this season. “I’m excited to have him back.”

Cash said that infielder Brandon Lowe is also making progress as he rehabs from a right shin contusion. The primary second baseman is taking ground balls, but he is still dealing with soreness.

“His steps seem really calculated,” Cash said of Lowe. “It doesn’t look like he’s quite where he needs to be mobility-wise.”

Here’s how the Rays line up for the series finale against the White Sox:

DH Ji-Man Choi

RF Austin Meadows

LF Tommy Pham

1B Nate Lowe

3B Yandy Diaz

CF Avisail Garcia

2B Joey Wendle

C Travis d’Arnaud

SS Willy Adames

LH Blake Snell

Here’s how the White Sox line up as they go for the sweep:

LF Leury Garcia

3B Yoan Moncada

1B Jose Abreu

C James McCann

DH Welington Castillo

SS Jose Rondon

2B Yolmer Sanchez

CF Adam Engel

RF Ryan Cordell

RH Dylan Cease


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