Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

For starters: Rays vs. Indians, without Duffy, Kiermaier again

UPDATE, 5:17: The Rays will offer $10 lower-level outfield seats for the Saturday-Sunday games vs. the A's.

UPDATE, 5:09: Duffy said his back is feeling better and his available off the bench tonight based on pain tolerance, but sounds like it could be Friday before he returns to the lineup. … Cash didn't have much of a Kiermaier update besides he is still sick and not playing, calling it "general illness," including "a head cold, stomach doesn't feel too good, pretty ache-y." Kiermaier was not in clubhouse, so that's all we have to go on. … Cash said he let Choi hit vs. lefty Brad Hand last night, in what he admitted was not a great matchup, because he didn't have many other options and thought he had had some goot at-bats vs. lefties. And as for letting Guyer hit vs. LHP Kolarek, Cash said he didn't want to get "too aggressive" again in changing pitchers and felt Kolarek could get a ground ball, rather than the two-run double Guyer delivered. …

Here is the Indians new-look lineup:
Lindor ss
Brantley lf
Ramirez 2b
Encarnacion dh
Donaldson 3b
Alonso 1b
Cabrera rf
Kipnis cf
Gomes c
Bieber p

UPDATE, 3:35: Neither Duffy nor Kiermaier is in the lineup tonight.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Smith cf

Pham lf

Choi dh

Cron 1b

Wendle 3b

Adames ss

Lowe 2b

Bauers rf

Ciuffo c

Glasnow p

DEVELOPING: Coming off Monday's thrilling 6-5 walkoff win, the Rays will take on the Indians again tonight seeking to extend their majors-best home winning streak to 13.

RHP Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking to bounce back from a brutally bad outing Wednesday in Toronto.

The Indians are starting RHP Shane Bieber, whom the Rays beat on Sept. 1. Also, the Indians today will have Josh Donaldson making his first start at third, shifting Jose Ramirez to second and Jason Kipnis to center.

Lineups when available, with the big questions whether Matt Duffy (back) and Kevin Kiermaier (ill) are back for the Rays.

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