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For starters: Royals at Rays with Snell back on the mound

Rays go for the series sweep and a winning record for the nine-game homestand.
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Published Apr. 24, 2019
Updated Apr. 24, 2019

Roster shuffling updated: As expected, the Rays activated Blake Snell to start today’s game. Austin Pruitt, who pitched 1.2 innings on Tuesday night, was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

Ji-Man Choi, who had been recovering from a minor calf injury and was on the restricted list on Tuesday, was activated before Tuesday’s game. Andrew Velazquez, who had been recalled on Sunday, was sent back to Durham.

Reliever Hunter Wood, who had used up all his time on the three-day paternity list for his child’s birth, was moved to the family medical emergency list.

"Everything is going good with Woody,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "The one thing I’ll say is the baby is fine but it was premature so they’re monitoring. But I’ve talked to Woody countless times and things seem to be in the right direction.''

Here is the lineup for the final game of the homestand with Michael Perez giving new dad Mike Zunino a break on a day game after a night game.

Lowe 1B

Pham LF

Diaz DH

Wendle 2B

Garcia RF

Kiermaier CF

Robertson 3B

Perez C

Adames SS

Snell P

And here is the Royals lineup

Merrifield 2B

Mondesi SS

Gordon LF

Soler DH

Owings 3B

O’Hearn 1B

Gallagher C

Gore RF

Hamilton CF

Junis P