Rays vs. Mariners lineups for Monday series opener

Brendan McKay will be on the mound for Rays and Tommy Pham back at leadoff. Also, Mallex Smith is playing again for Seattle.
Published Aug. 19, 2019|Updated Aug. 19, 2019

UPDATE, 6:19: Cash said this is “a big start” for McKay given his rough outing in San Diego, with three walks in the first and six total, and they want to see him trust his stuff and attack the zone more. ... Cash said he was “still thinking” about keeping Pham at the top of the order (vs. LHPs anyway) and still tinkering but it’s not out of the question. .. Mariners manager Scott Servais, on putting Mallex Smith back in the lineup after a two-day benching: "He’ll be ready to go. We certainly talked about where we’re at. Had conversations with him. He understands, he just wants to get out there and play and do his thing.'' ... Third-base coach Rodney Linares is away from the team today and possibly Tuesday on a personal matter; bench coach Matt Quatraro will fill in.

DEVELOPING: After pulling out back-to-back walkoff wins over the Tigers, the Rays open a series tonight against the Mariners team they just swept in Seattle.

Brendan McKay will be on the mound for the Rays, looking to give them a better and longer performance than his last outing. The Mariners are starting lefty Marco Gonzales.

Here is the Rays lineup, with Tommy Pham again in the leadoff spot:

Pham lf

Meadows rf

d’Arnaud c

Choi lf

Aguilar dh

Sogard 2b

Adames ss

Kiermaier cf

Brosseau 3b

McKay p

And here is the Mariners lineup, with ex-Ray Mallex Smith back in the lineup after a two-day benching for repeated mental mistakes on the field and the bases:

Lopes lf

Crawford ss

Nola 1b

Seager 3b

Murphy c

Vogelbach dh

Smith rf

Broxton cf

Gordon 2b

Gonzales p