MIAMI — Rays manager Kevin Cash is sticking to his plan of spreading around playing time and days off, with a significantly different lineup for the third time this season.
Outfielder Randy Arozarena, second baseman Brandon Lowe and first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo are all out of the lineup for Saturday night’s series finale against the Marlins.
Rich Hill will be on the mound to start for the Rays, with Chris Archer, another veteran starter, slated to work in relief in something of a scheduled job share.
Cash said neither is likely to go past 75 pitches as they aren’t quite fully built up, they will bring Archer in to start an inning, and avoiding having both hit is a factor.
* Reliever Ryan Sherriff was placed on the restricted list after telling the team he wanted to take time away from the game, with no other details released.
* Catcher Joseph Odom was called up and added to the 40- and 26-man rosters.
* Cash said the plan as of now is for Michael Wacha to start, rather than pitch behind an opener, Monday in Boston. Opening-day starter Tyler Glasnow will start Tuesday and Ryan Yarbrough on Wednesday.
The Rays are looking to start a season 3-0 for the third time in franchise history — having done it previously in 2002 and 2012 — and to win an eighth straight game in Miami, which would tie the franchise record for consecutive wins at a road park (in Boston, and active).
Here is the lineup for the Rays, with Mike Brosseau getting his first start and Austin Meadows, who has homered in each of the first two games, at the top:
And for the Marlins:
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