After a frustrating loss for the third straight day on this road trip, the Rays are aiming to turn things around tonight when they take on the Orioles in Baltimore at 7:35.
Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound for the Rays, making his second start after working four innings on Monday against the Braves, allowing just one hit, a home run by Dansby Swanson, and striking out nine. Glasnow threw 72 pitches in that game, and should be good for at least 85 tonight if he is working effectively and efficiently.
The Rays also announced that lefty Brendan McKay was cleared to join the workouts in Port Charlotte on Friday after a case of COVID-19, the sixth player on the team known to have it. McKay participated in the first four workouts of Spring 2.0 but was not seen with the group at Tropicana Field after July 6. McKay threw 20 pitches in a live batting practice on Friday.
Manager Kevin Cash said there was not set timetable for McKay but acknowledged “it’s just going to take some time for him to get back into game pitching form.‘'
Also Saturday, it was officially announced the Rays will now have Thursday off, with the originally scheduled game against the Yankees now moved to Saturday (Aug. 8) as part of a doubleheader - with both games seven innings under the just adopted leagues rules. The change was made because the Yankees are now going to be playing Thursday against the Phillies, as well as Monday-Wednesday, to make up for missed games when the Phillies were idled due to COVID-19 concerns after playing the Marlins.
Here is the Rays lineup against O’s lefty Wade LeBlanc, with no Kevin Kiermaier or Ji-Man Choi to start. Cash said there was “no injury issue whatsoever” with Kiermaier, who has made uncharacteristic mistakes in three straight games, two in the field and one on the bases:
Here is the Orioles lineup: