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Diego Castillo will be the opener for the first time this season as Rays start process of filling in for Blake Snell.
Diego Castillo will handle the opener role tonight as the Rays open a three-game series in Toronto. DIRK SHADD | Times
Diego Castillo will handle the opener role tonight as the Rays open a three-game series in Toronto. DIRK SHADD | Times
Published Jul. 26, 2019
Updated Jul. 26, 2019

UPDATE, 5:51: The loss of Blake Snell into September was the primary topic of manager Kevin Cash’s pregame media session, which he termed "pretty disappointing.'' With the trade deadline looming, Cash downplayed the potential of adding a starter from the outside. “I don’t foresee us going out and finding a starter,'' Cash said. "You’re not going to find a starter that’s gonna replace Blake Snell. We certainly have the depth + are equipped to handle a big workload. It’s going to take these guys getting on a good run to do that though.'' ... Cash also said they would "have to find ways to continue to be creative,'' using some guys at Triple-A, lengthening out Beeks and Yarbrough. ... Cash did have some positive injury updates: Kiermaier (thumb) swung bat today and should “be really close” to being ready when eligible July 31; B. Lowe (right leg bruise) had good day and told people at Trop “felt better today” than any day prior, significantly better but there is no timetable yet however; Stanek (hip) will throw a bullpen next day or two; Alvarado (oblique) is getting close to throwing off mound. ... Robertson (knee surgery) is shifting rehab from Class A Stone Crabs to Triple-A Durham.

DEVELOPING: After Thursday’s news that top lefty starter Blake Snell will be sidelined into September due to arthroscopic elbow surgery, the Rays start the process of playing the next six or so weeks without him.

Tonight, with usual opener Ryne Stanek also injured, the Rays will start the game with Diego Castillo, the hard-throwing reliever who has been having control problems. Castillo is slated to work one or two innings, with lefty Ryan Yarbrough expected to handle the bulk of the innings. Castilo served as the opener 11 times last year going 0-0, 2.65

The Rays plans for Saturday, which was to be Snell’s next start, are unclear, though Jalen Beeks seems likely to handle the bulk of the innings.

Though the Rays called up lefty hitting catcher Michael Perez, they are starting right-handed Travis d’Arnaud, who has been their hottest hitter, behind the plate vs. Jays RH Jacob Waguespack.

Here is the Rays lineup, with both Ji-Man Choi and Nate Lowe:

Choi 1b

Pham lf

Meadows rf

d’Arnaud c

N. Lowe dh

Garcia cf

Duffy 3b

Wendle 2b

Adames ss

Castillo p

And here is the Jays lineup:

Biggio 2b

Guerrero 3b

Gurriel lf

Smoak dh

Grichuk rf

Galvis ss

Jansen c

Drury 1b

Hernandez cf

Waguespack p


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  2. Imagine what Tropicana Field would be like if fans showed up every day the way they did for Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Astros last October. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  3. Jose Altuve and other Astros stars hear it from fans in Lakeland, who aren't shy about reminding them of the sign-signing scandal. [FRANK FRANKLIN II  |  AP]
  4. Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (25), left, celebrates his solo home run with Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) during the fourth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Port Charlotte. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  5. Fans line up to enter Tropicana Field during Game 3 of the 2019 American League Division Series (ALDS) Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  6. Tampa Bay Rays pitchers Trevor Richards, left, and John Curtiss in practice during spring training in Port Charlotte. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  7. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos (72) delivers on the mound against the New York Yankees during first inning action at Tropicana Field, September 24, 2019 in St. Petersburg, FL. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. The Phillie Phanatic mascot walks on the third-base dugout while the Phillies play the Pirates in a spring training game at Spectrum Field in Clearwater on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Phanatic has a new look amid a legal fight with the long-running mascot's creators, but officials say don't expect the Phanatic's famous attitude to go anywhere. [YONG KIM  |  AP]
  9. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Anthony Banda during the start of spring training in Port Charlotte, Florida on Thursday, February 13, 2020.  [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  10. Yoshi Tsutsugo of the Tampa Bay Rays gets his first career hit of spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays during a game against the New York Yankees at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, FL on February 23, 2020. [KEVIN SABITUS  |  Tampa Bay Rays]
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  12. Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark, shown here in a 2017 file photo, said getting the players to go along with the Rays' Tampa Bay-Montreal split season plan would “be difficult.’’ [VRAGOVIC, WILL  |  Tampa Bay Times]