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Rays at Red Sox: Drew Rasmussen on the mound

At 87-51, the Rays go into play Tuesday with an 8-1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.
Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound for the Rays, facing the Red Sox for the second straight start and third in five since moving into the rotation.
Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound for the Rays, facing the Red Sox for the second straight start and third in five since moving into the rotation. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Sep. 7

Coming off Monday’s thrilling and historic win, the Rays are looking to make it two straight tonight against the Red Sox.

Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound for Tampa Bay, facing Boston for the second straight start and third in five since moving into the rotation. The Sox are starting lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, who pitched very well against the Rays at Tropicana Field last Thursday.

The Rays called up reliever Louis Head for this 10th stint of the season, adding another fresh arm to a bullpen that has been taxed the last two days with starter Luis Patino working only 2-2/3 innings Sunday and Ryan Yarbrough two innings on Monday.

Manager Kevin Cash said catcher Francisco Mejia, who left Monday’s game with a bruised right shoulder, was “better” and available if needed but they would try not to use him.

Cash also said the Rays did not know yet if first baseman Ji-Man Choi (left hamstring) and reliever Matt Wisler (right middle finger inflammation) would be activated as expected on Wednesday.

Here is the Rays lineup:

And for the Red Sox:

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