Veteran lefty Rich Hill will be on the mound for the Rays tonight when they open a four-game weekend series in Seattle against the Mariners; first pitch is at 10:10.
Hill was disappointed with his last outing Saturday against the Orioles, in which he cruised through the first four innings before loading the bases and giving up a grand slam. He was unable to finish the fifth.
The Rays lost two of three in Chicago to the now American League-leading White Sox, who at 43-25 are a half game ahead.
The Mariners, who have won 14 of their past 23 and are 34-36, will start right-hander Justin Dunn.
Earlier Thursday, the Rays:
⋅ Activated reliever Collin McHugh, who spent Wednesday on the COVID-19-related injured list after waking up feeling sick but tested negative.
⋅ Acquired first baseman Mike Ford from the Yankees for cash or a player to be named, with plans to send him to Triple-A Durham to provide depth.
Thursday’s game is the first matchup between the teams since Aug. 21, 2019, with 665 days in between. The Rays were 4-2 against the Mariners that season, winning the season series 4-2 with the road team taking the first five. Also, they have played a lot of close games, with eight of the past 13 decided by one run — and two others by two.
Among the familiar faces on the Mariners roster are first baseman Jake Bauers, an ex-Ray acquired recently from Cleveland; outfielder Jake Fraley and lefty Anthony Misiewicz, former Rays minor-leaguers acquired in trades; and bench coach Jared Sandberg, a longtime Rays minor-league manager. Pitching coach Pete Woodworth is a St. Petersburg native and St. Pete Catholic product who pitched in the minors and scouted for the Rays.
Here is the Rays lineup:
And here is the Mariners lineup, which was updated:
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