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The Rays are starting righthanded pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.
The Rays are starting righthanded pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.
Published Aug. 17, 2015

UPDATE, 6:43: Cash said that after initially thinking they were covered in the bullpen he and Rays officials decided shortly after Sunday's game to "be smart" and add the extra arm to the bullpen. ... Cash said he wanted to get Forsythe off his feet, thus the DH day, and likely will do so with Longoria and Cabrera during the road trip as well. ... Romero was the choice because he was rested and ready. ... Cash praised Shaffer for the quality of his at-bats and handle tough pitches during his stint. ... Though the Rays swept the Astros in a three-game series just before the All-Star break, Cash said they present a tough challenge because of the versatility and power in their lineup and their success at home (40-19).

UPDATE, 5:52: Romero was at dinner with 2 teammates in Louisville last night when he got word of his callup so he picked up the check. Said he was been throwing well working in relief. ... Nava said he is comforrtable at first base, having played it in junior college in 2003 and then on and off since starting in spring 2013 with the Red Sox. Also, he said he went back to switch-hitting fulltime during July rehab assignment after hurting his hand while swinging left on left, an idea he started on this spring with Boston. ... LHP Drew Smyly felt good the day after his first start since May 5.

DEVELOPING: After gotten swept in a three-game series by the AL wild-card contending Rangers, the Rays have moved on to Houston where they open a four-game series against the AL West-leading Astros.

Having sent rookie INF Richie Shaffer back to Triple-A earlier Monday, the Rays will play Daniel Nava at 1B and have Logan Forsythe at DH against Astros (and former Rays) LHP Scott Kazmir.

Nava had been a switch-hitter earlier in his career, then went strictly lefthanded for awhile, but manager Kevin Cash said when the Rays claimed him on waivers that he had gone back to switch-hitting.

The Rays are starting RHP Erasmo Ramirez.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Guyer rf,
Jennings lf,
Longoria 3b,
Forsythe dh,
Cabrera ss,
Beckham 2b,
Nava 1b,
Kiermaier cf,
Casali c,
Ramirez p

Astros lineup:
Altuve 2b
Tucker lf
Correa ss
Lowrie 3b
Gomez cf
Rasmus rf
Gattis dh
Valbuena 1b
Castro c
Kazmir p