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Rays at Red Sox: Ryan Yarbrough on the mound

Lefty will start at Fenway Park in holiday matinee after heavy usage of bullpen on Sunday.
Due to the heavy bullpen usage Sunday, Ryan Yarbrough will start today's game in Boston rather than pitch behind an opener.
Due to the heavy bullpen usage Sunday, Ryan Yarbrough will start today's game in Boston rather than pitch behind an opener. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | Associated Press ]
Published Sep. 6

BOSTON — The Rays have a quick turnaround with a 1:10 p.m. holiday matinee today against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The Sox are starting lefty Chris Sale, who gave the Rays plenty of trouble last Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

The Rays are starting lefty Ryan Yarbrough rather than have him pitch behind an opener, a decision based in part of the heavy usage of the bullpen after Luis Patino lasted just 2 2/3 innings Sunday.

Another residual of that outing is that lefty Dietrich Enns, who pitched the final three innings of Saturday’s game, was optioned to Triple-A. The Rays used his spot to add a fresh arm, calling up David Hess from Durham. Hess, who was called up earlier this season and then designated for assignment, had to be re-added to the 40-man roster.

The Rays did that by using the open spot that was created by reliever Chris Mazza, who was at Durham, going on the COVID-19-related injured last last week due to a close contact.

Manager Kevin Cash indicated that first baseman Ji-Man Choi (hamstring) and relieer Matt Wisler (middle finger inflammation) could be activated by Wednesday.

Here is the Rays’ lineup, as they hope to do better against Sale:

And for the Red Sox:

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