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Rays report: Red Sox at Tropicana Field, Josh Fleming on the mound

After losing two straight and three of four, Tampa Bay looks to get back on track in first of a four-game series.
 
Rays reliever Oliver Drake throws live batting practice before Thursday's game.
Rays reliever Oliver Drake throws live batting practice before Thursday's game. [ MARC TOPKIN | Times ]
Published Sept. 10, 2020|Updated Sept. 10, 2020

The Rays are back in action tonight, hosting the Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series, first pitch at 6:40.

Rookie lefty Josh Fleming will start for the Rays, seeking to win his fourth straight since his unexpected call-up. Journeyman lefty Mike Kickham will be on the mound for the Sox, making his first big-league start since 2013.

The Rays on Thursday placed lefty reliever Cody Reed on the 10-day injured list, the result of a sore left pinky that forced him out of the Sept. 5 game. Ryan Sherriff, who had an earlier stint with the Rays, was called back up from the alternate site in Port Charlotte.

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Reliever Oliver Drake, sidelined for more than a month with a biceps issue, appears close to a return, throwing a live batting practice on Thursday afternoon, and in full uniform.

Also, the Rays acquired Pedro Martinez, an infield prospect, from the Cubs as one of the players to be named in return for Jose Martinez, who was traded Aug. 30. Pedro Martinez was added to the Rays' 60-man player pool in Port Charlotte. Also added were pitcher Seth Johnson and infielder Ford Proctor.

Here is the Rays' lineup against the Sox:

Margot cf

Arozarena DH

Meadows lf

Brosseau 1b

Renfroe rf

B. Lowe lf

Adames ss

Smith c

Wendle 3b

Fleming p

And here is the Red Sox lineup, with former Hernando High standout, and former Ray, Christian Arroyo:

Verdugo rf

Devers 3b

Bogaerts ss

Martinez dh

Vazquez c

Munoz lf

Bradley cf

Dalbec 1b

Arroyo 2b

Kickham p