For starters: Amid trade rumors, Chris Archer will start in Rays-Marlins finale

Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer in action earlier this season.  [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer in action earlier this season. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
Published July 22, 2018|Updated July 22, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays (49-49), losers of three straight and five of their last six, will look to avoid a sweep today against the Marlins (43-57) at Tropicana Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. In what might be a trade audition, right-hander Chris Archer (3-4, 4.29 ERA) takes the mound for Tampa Bay. Rookie right-hander Trevor Richards (3-5, 4.74) gets the nod for Miami.

"I turn 30 in a couple months," Archer told the Tampa Bay Times last week. "I want to play the game for 10 more years, but there's nothing guaranteed in life. I want to experience winning."

In Archer's last outing, manager Kevin Cash pulled him after 4.1 innings (93 pitches). He allowed one earned run against the Twins — a home run — and struck out seven.

The lineups, first for the visiting Marlins:

LF Derek Dietrich

RF Brian Anderson

DH J.T. Realmuto

2B Starlin Castro

1B Justin Bour

3B Martin Prado

CF Cameron Maybin

SS Miguel Rojas

C Bryan Holaday

RHP Trevor Richards

And for your Rays:

2B Joey Wendle

3B Matt Duffy

LF Jake Bauers

1B C.J. Cron

DH Ji-Man Choi

RF Carlos Gomez

CF Mallex Smith

SS Willy Adames

C Adam Moore

RHP Chris Archer

• Shortstop Willy Adames is back, less than two weeks after the Rays sent him down to Triple-A Durham. He will replace Adeiny Hechavarria, who left Saturday night's game during the seventh inning because of left oblique soreness. Before Adames was sent down, he was hitting .216/.263/.341 with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs in 88 at bats.

• To make room for Adames, the Rays optioned outfielder Justin Williams. Williams grounded into a double play in his only at bat Saturday.

• Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier will miss his second straight game because of a bone bruise in his right foot. He's hoping he can return to action Monday night against the Yankees. Mallex Smith gets the start in his place.

• Third baseman Matt Duffy returns and will bat second. He was scratched from Friday's lineup because of back spasms.

• Veteran catcher Adam Moore, 34, will start his first game of the season for the Rays. He hasn't had a major-league at bat since late in the 2016 season.

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