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Rays at Indians lineups for Friday, with Blake Snell on the mound

The Rays are looking to get a season-high 12 games over .500 as they face the Indians in the second of a four-game series,
Blake Snell gave the Rays a solid six innings on Saturday.[JIM McISSAC | Associated Press]
Published May 24
Updated May 24

UPDATE, 6:03: Daniel Robertson said he was in considerable distress from his allergic reaction to pecans on Thursday but is ready to play today if needed. ... Cash said Blake Snell establishing command early is the key to a good start tonight. ... Oscar Mercado, the Tampa Gaither High product called up last week by the Indians, said he was fine after leaving Thursday’s game with a hip bruise following an outfield collision but is not starting today.

Here is the Indians lineup:

Lindor ss

Kipnis 2b

Santana 1b

Luplow rf

Ramirez 3b

Perez c

Bauers lf

Haase dh

Martin cf

Bieber p

DEVELOPING: The Rays will have ace Blake Snell on the mound tonight as they take on the Indians in the second game of a four-game weekend set.

The Rays won the opener on Thursday with a strong outing from just called back up Ryan Yarbrough and four homers from their offense, including streaking shortstop Willy Adames. They are again without Yandy Diaz, who is one of nine Rays on the injured list.

Snell is Is 1-1, 1.53 over last three starts, with nine or more Ks in each. Overall, the Rays are 4-5 in his starts.

The Indians are starting righty Shane Bieber, who is 3-2, 3.22 in his second big-league season and coming off his first career shutout Sunday, striking out 15 Orioles while allowing five hits and no walks.

The Rays are a season-high matching 11 games over .500 at 29-18. With a win, manager Kevin Cash will have a .500 record at 348-348 over his four-plus seasons leading the team.

Here is the Rays lineup, with Andrew Velazquez getting his first start of the season:

Meadows dh

Pham lf

Choi 1b

Garcia rf

B. Lowe 2b

Adames ss

Kiermaier cf

d’Arnaud c

Velazquez 3b

Snell p


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