For starters: Rays vs. Rangers, with Faria on the hill

The Rays host the Rangers at 1:10.
The calm before the, well, Wednesday Rays matinee vs. Texas. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
The calm before the, well, Wednesday Rays matinee vs. Texas. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Published April 18, 2018|Updated April 18, 2018

UPDATE, 12:01: Cash said Brad Miller (groin) got through his rehab game with the Stone Crabs well last night playing first and will play second tonight, with the likely plan to be off Thursday and rejoin the Rays Friday.With 3B Matt Duffy on the DL the Rays will likely use Daniel Robertson at 3B once they start facing more right-handed starters, with Joey Wendle at second.

UPDATE, 11:55: With the Rangers starting three lefties, Rays manager Kevin Cash said he didn't want to keep his lefty hitters idle the whole time, which is why Span in is lineup vs. Hamels.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Span lf
Robertson 2b
Gomez dh
Cron 1b
Hechavarria ss
Sucre c
Smith cf
Snyder 3b
Field rf
Faria p

And here is the Rangers lineup:
Choo rf
Kiner-Falefa ss
Mazara lf
Beltre dh
Gallo 1b
Chirinos c
Robinson 2b
Nunez 3b
Tocci cf
Hamels  p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to take the deciding game of the three-game series against the Rangers in today's 1:10 matinee.

RHP Jake Faria, another of the starters the Rays need to get more out of, will be on the mound for the Rays. He will face veteran lefty Cole Hamels.

Faria is coming off a much-improved outing against the Phillies, allowing just one run on two hits over 5 1/3, with two walks and seven Ks. In his previous outing in Boston, he lasted only 1 2/3 and walked five in allowing eight runs.

The Rays have lost five of their last six, and 13 of 17 overall, matching the 2001 Devil Rays for the worst 17-game start in franchise history.

They also have allowed seven or more runs seven times.

Lineups when available.