The Rays are looking to make it two straight wins and 13 in 14 games when they take on the Royals this afternoon at Tropicana Field.
Rookie lefty Shane McClanahan will be on the mound for the Rays, making his sixth start. Florida native and former Gators standout Brady Singer is starting for the Royals.
McClanahan and Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi have something in common when they face off today: They are the only big-leaguers to play in World Series games before their first regular-season games. Mondesi debuted in the 2015 World Series, McClanahan in the 2020 AL Division Series.
⋅ Manager Kevin Cash said as of now, lefty Ryan Yarbrough will start Saturday against the Phillies, but they are still talking through some things. Josh Fleming could be in the mix Sunday. Luis Patino, who came through a Wednesday bullpen session well, is also in the discussion as he is eligible to come off the injured list Saturday.
⋅ Cash said Diego Castillo, who has not pitched since last Saturday, is fine. The Rays wanted to avoid using him Sunday-Monday-Tuesday after a heavy workload, but he is available again.
Here is the Rays lineup:
And for the Royals:
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