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For starters: Rays at Rangers, playing for something

Rays pitcher Diego Castillo works against the Braves in the first inning on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. [Associated Press]
Rays pitcher Diego Castillo works against the Braves in the first inning on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. [Associated Press]
Published Sep. 19, 2018
Updated Sep. 19, 2018

UPDATE, 1:09: The Rays are talking a little bit more about the possibilities of making it to the playoffs, RHP Tyler Glasnow sharing a view similar to Snell: "Everybody in this clubhouse is getting ready for  a wild-card game." .. Yarbrough is expected to work the bulk of the innings today, which could work out well as the Rangers have four lefties in the lineup. …Kiermaier's day off was planned. … Here is the Rangers lineup:

Choo lf
Odor 2b
Andrus ss
Mazara rf
Beltre dh
Profar 3b
Guzman 1b
Perez c
Tocci cf
Mendez p

DEVELOPING: After the excitement of LHP Blake Snell earning his majors-most milestone 20th victory in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Rangers, the Rays turn their attention back to a suddenly smaller number, the 5 1/2 games they trail the A's for the final AL playoff spot.

The Rays win and the A's late loss reduced the margin to a manageable number, though the number of days left on the schedule may be the bigger issue, as the Rays have only 12 games left.

The next one is today at 2:05, when they wrap up the series with the AL West-trailing Rangers looking for a sweep.

RHP Diego Castillo will be on the mound as the opener, with LHP Ryan Yarbrough likely to work the bulk of the innings.

The Rangers are starting LHP Yohander Mendez, who is coming off a solid outing.

The Rays have made some additional callups from Triple-A Durham, which ended its season on Tuesday with a loss to Memphis in the national championship game.

They include OF Austin Meadows, acquired from the Pirates in the Chris Archer trade, plus those already on the 40-man roster, such as RHPs Chih-Wei Hu and Austin Pruitt and LHP Hoby Milner.

Snell became the second pitcher in Rays history to get to 20 wins, joining David Price, who did so in his 2012 Cy Young season.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Smith cf
Pham lf
Duffy 3b
Cron dh
Wendle 2b
Gomez rf
Bauers 1b
Adames ss
Sucre c
Castillo p