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Rays at Tigers: Michael Wacha on the mound

In its first visit to Detroit since June 2019, Tampa Bay is hoping for another strong start from the veteran right-hander.
The Rays open a three-game series tonight against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.
The Rays open a three-game series tonight against the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. [ MARC TOPKIN | Times ]
Published Sep. 10

The Rays are back in action tonight, making their first visit to Detroit since June 2019 as they take on the Tigers for the first of seven times over the next 10 days.

Veteran right-hander Michael Wacha, who has pitched better his last three starts since dropping his cutter and mixing in his curveball more, will be on the mound for the Rays. The Tigers are starting veteran lefty Matthew Boyd.

The Rays made several roster moves earlier Friday, putting top starter Shane McClanahan (back tightness) and reliever Matt Wisler (right middle finger inflammation) on the injured list and calling up relievers Dietrich Enns and Louis Head.

The Rays still have rookie outfielder Josh Lowe with them, as outfielder Brett Phillips was not activated from the injured list.

The Rays also have added a four-man taxi squad for the rest of the trip, which is in place to provide replacements if needed given the protocols involved in getting players into Canada. They play the Blue Jays in Toronto Monday-Wednesday.

That group includes infielder Mike Brosseau and lefty reliever Ryan Sherriff, who are on the 40-man roster, and reliever Joey Krehbiel (the Seminole High product) and catcher David Freitas, who are not on the 40.

Here is the Rays lineup:

And for the Tigers:

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