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What you need to know about Rays’ Monday off-day

Rays return to action Tuesday for a two-game series at Tropicana Field against the Nationals.
The Rays will go back to using an opener when they return to action Tuesday, with John Curtiss working the first inning or so against the Nationals.
The Rays will go back to using an opener when they return to action Tuesday, with John Curtiss working the first inning or so against the Nationals. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Sep. 14, 2020

Magic numbers

6 to make playoffs

11 to win AL East

Combination of Rays wins and losses by trailing team in playoff field (Mariners) and second-place team in division (Blue Jays).

Today: Off

Next game: 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, vs. Nationals, Tropicana Field

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Probable pitchers

Rays: RH John Curtiss (3-0, 1.53)

Nats: RH Anibal Sanchez (2-4, 6.81)

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Nats, 1:10. Rays, TBA; Nats, RH Austin Voth (0-5, 7.99)

Thursday: at Orioles (DH), 4:35, Rays, TBA and TBA; Orioles, TBA and TBA

Friday: at Orioles, 7:35. Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA

Saturday: at Orioles, 7:35. Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA

Injured list

LH Cody Reed, left pinky irritation, 10-day, eligible Sept. 17

INF Yandy Diaz, right hamstring strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 11

C Mike Zunino, left oblique strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 5

LH Jalen Beeks, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

RH Chaz Roe, elbow soreness, 45-day, out for season

RH Yonny Chirinos, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

LH Jose Alvarado, shoulder inflammation, 45-day, eligible Sept. 28

RH Andrew Kittredge, elbow tear, 45-day, out for season

RH Oliver Drake, biceps tendinitis, 10-day, eligible Aug. 19

LH Colin Poche, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

Also: LH Brendan McKay is out for season due to shoulder surgery but is on option to minors, not on injured list.

Rays roster

Pitchers (13): RH Nick Anderson, RH Diego Castillo, RH John Curtiss, RH Pete Fairbanks, LH Josh Fleming, RH Tyler Glasnow, LH Aaron Loup, RH Charlie Morton, LH Ryan Sherriff, RH Aaron Slegers, LH Blake Snell, RH Ryan Thompson, LH Ryan Yarbrough

Catchers (2): Michael Perez, Kevan Smith

Infielders (6): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe, Nate Lowe, Joey Wendle

Outfielders (7): Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo

Some things different about 2020

• Season shortened to 60 games, about 37 percent of usual 162.

• Teams playing only against their division and corresponding geographical division in other league, so for Rays, AL and NL East.

* Doubleheaders games are seven innings rather than nine.

• Rosters were 30 players to start season, but were reduced to 28 and will stay at 28 through the postseason.

• Fans not allowed in Trop, at least at start of season. There are plans, depending on virus situation, to host 5,000-7,000 a game later in season.

• Fake fan noise, created from recordings of actual crowds and adapted for and then from MLB The Show video game, will be played, along with more music and sound effects.

• Most weekday home games start at 6:40 p.m., moved up from 7:10. All games on Fox Sports Sun.

• For extra-inning games, each team will start with runner on second. The runner is the batter who made last out of previous inning or a pinch-runner.

• All pitchers must face minimum of three batters, except for injury or illness.

• DH will be used in both leagues.

• Injured list stays are 10 days for all players (shortened from 15 for pitchers), and long-term list is 45 days, down from 60.

• Games halted due to weather before becoming official will be resumed at later date, not started over.