Amid all the excitement over calling up top prospect Wander Franco, the Rays go into tonight’s game against the AL East-leading Red Sox looking to break a six-game losing streak, their longest since 2018.
Andrew Kittredge will be the opener for the Rays, with lefty Ryan Yarbrough expected to work the bulk of the innings. The Sox are starting lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.
Today is the first game for the the Rays and Red Sox under MLB’s enhanced enforcement of rules banning pitchers from using any substances on the ball except rosin, with umpires doing checks before and/or after they are on the mound.
The six-game losing streak took place on the road, as the Rays won the opener of the seven-game trip, then lost the next two to the White Sox and all four in Seattle. The streak included four walkoff losses. And it all came after the Rays had a remarkable 24-5 run.
“We go on this great stretch, where everything was going in our favor. We go on a tremendous run,” manager Kevin Cash said. “And now we’ve come up and we just went 1-6 on a road trip. And you could make the case like, yeah, we could have been .500 on that road trip. Things did not go our way. We need to kind of get some things going our way again.”
Here is the Rays lineup:
And for the Red Sox:
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