Rookie left-hander Shane McClanahan will be on the mound as the Rays seek to extend their American League-best record tonight against the Nationals at Tropicana Field, first pitch 7:10.
McClanahan is coming off a frustrating outing against the Yankees last Wednesday in New York, getting lifted in the fourth inning with two runs in and two more coming.
The Rays go into play on a remarkable 20-4 run and with an AL-leading 39-23 record, just behind the 38-22 Giants for the top overall MLB mark.
The Nationals are starting lefty Patrick Corbin, who makes his first career appearance against the Rays. He allowed four earned runs in each of his last four starts.
* Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays are making a slight tweak in their pitching plans against the Orioles, with Ryan Yarbrough going Friday as scheduled, then Rich Hill moving up to Saturday and Josh Fleming moving back to Sunday, possibly behind an opener.
* Cash said first baseman Ji-Man Choi (groin) had another good day, and if all goes well he likely will go to Port Charlotte to play in extended spring games Friday and Saturday and could be activated when eligible Sunday or Monday.
* Pitcher Chris Archer (forearm tightness) said he feels good, has been doing long toss and could start throwing off the mound next week. His rough goal for a return is early July.
* Cash said there were no updates Wednesday on Tyler Zombro, the Triple-A Durham pitcher hit in the face by a line drive last week, and that that was a good thing as his recovery has been going well.
Here is the Rays lineup, with Brandon Lowe back in action after sitting out Tuesday against lefty Jon Lester:
And here is the lineup for the Nationals:
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