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What you need to know about Saturday’s Rays-Phillies game

Who is pitching, where to watch and listen, and what’s ahead for Tampa Bay.
Rays reliever John Curtiss pitches during the ninth inning against the Phillies at Tropicana Field on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
Rays reliever John Curtiss pitches during the ninth inning against the Phillies at Tropicana Field on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Sep. 26, 2020

Tonight: vs. Phillies

7:07, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox; 95.3-FM, 620-AM, 96.1-FM (Spanish)

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH John Curtiss (3-0, 1.85)

Phillies: RH Zach Wheeler (4-1, 2.67)

Rays: After throwing 12 pitches to close out Friday’s game, Curtiss is tonight’s opener. Lefty Ryan Yarbrough is lined up to work the bulk of the innings, though manager Kevin Cash said they’d have a “fairly unique” approach. Yarbrough is coming off back-to-back solid outings, allowing three runs total.

Phillies: Wheeler has not allowed more than three runs in any of his 10 starts. Ranks sixth in NL in ERA. Took a tough loss Monday to Nationals. Longtime Met has never faced Rays. Throws high velocity fastball, slider, curve, changeup.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Phillies, 3:10. Rays, TBA; Phillies, RH Aaron Nola (5-4, 3.06)

End regular season

AL Wild Card Series

at Tropicana Field

(best-of-3)

Tuesday: Rays vs. TBA

Wednesday: Rays vs. TBA

Thursday: Rays vs. TBA*

* If necessary

Injured list

• OF Austin Meadows, left oblique strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 28

• 1B Ji-Man Choi, left hamstring strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 23

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

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

Players on 45-day list and out for rest of the season:

• LH Jalen Beeks, Tommy John surgery; RH Yonny Chirinos, Tommy John surgery; RH Andrew Kittredge, elbow tear; LH Colin Poche, Tommy John surgery; LH Cody Reed, left pinkie irritation; RH Chaz Roe, elbow soreness

Also: LH Brendan McKay out for season due to shoulder surgery but is on option to minors

Roster

Pitchers (14): RH Nick Anderson, RH Diego Castillo, RH John Curtiss, RH Oliver Drake, 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 (3): Michael Perez, Kevan Smith, Mike Zunino

Infielders (5): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Brandon Lowe, Nate Lowe, Joey Wendle

Outfielders (6): Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo

40-man postseason player pool

Pitchers (19): LH Jose Alvarado-x, RH Nick Anderson, RH Diego Castillo, RH John Curtiss, RH Oliver Drake, RH Pete Fairbanks, LH Josh Fleming, LH Sean Gilmartin, RH Tyler Glasnow, RH Brent Honeywell Jr., LH Aaron Loup, LH Shane McClanahan-y, RH Charlie Morton, RH Trevor Richards, LH Ryan Sherriff, RH Aaron Slegers, LH Blake Snell, RH Ryan Thompson, LH Ryan Yarbrough

Catchers (4): Ronaldo Hernandez, Michael Perez, Kevan Smith, Mike Zunino

Infielders (9): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Vidal Brujan, Ji-Man Choi-x, Yandy Diaz-x, Wander Franco-y, Brandon Lowe, Nate Lowe, Joey Wendle

Outfielders (8): Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Manuel Margot, Austin Meadows-x, Brian O’Grady, Brett Phillips, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo

x-currently on injured list; y-not on 40-man roster

Postseason schedule

Wild Card Series (best-of-3)

(1 seed vs. 8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5)

Tuesday: AL Game 1

Wednesday: NL Game 1, AL Game 2

Thursday: NL Game 2, AL Game 3*

Friday: NL Game 3*

Division Series (best-of-5)

(1/8 winner vs. 4/5, 2/7 vs. 3/6)

AL: at Los Angeles and San Diego

NL: at Houston and Arlington, Texas

Oct. 5: AL Game 1

Oct. 6: NL Game 1, AL Game 2

Oct 7: NL Game 2, AL Game 3

Oct. 8: NL Game 3, AL Game 4*

Oct. 9: NL Game 4*, AL Game 5*

Oct. 10: NL Game 5*

Championship Series (best-of-7)

AL: at San Diego; NL: at Arlington, Texas

Oct. 11: AL Game 1

Oct. 12: NL Game 1, AL Game 2

Oct 13: NL Game 2, AL Game 3

Oct. 14: NL Game 3, AL Game 4

Oct. 15: NL Game 4, AL Game 5*

Oct. 16: NL Game 5*, AL Game 6*

Oct. 17: NL Game 6*, AL Game 7*

Oct. 18: NL Game 7*

World Series (best-of-7)

at Arlington, Texas

Oct. 20: AL vs. NL, Game 1

Oct. 21: AL vs. NL, Game 2

Oct. 23: AL vs. NL, Game 3

Oct. 24: AL vs. NL, Game 4

Oct. 25: AL vs. NL, Game 5*

Oct. 27: AL vs. NL, Game 6*

Oct. 28: AL vs. NL, Game 7*

* If necessary