The Rays and Red Sox are set to play the pivotal third game in the best-of-five AL Division Series this afternoon, with a 4:07 p.m. start (MLB Network).
The Rays are starting right-hander Drew Rasmussen, who has been one of their most consistent starters, though typically with a five-inning limit. The Sox are sending out their top starter, former Ray Nathan Eovaldi.
With the Sox starting a right-hander, the Rays get to have lefty swingers Austin Meadows, Ji-Man Choi and Joey Wendle in the lineup for the first time.
Reliever Matt Wisler, despite a recurrence of the middle finger inflammation that bothered him much of the past six weeks, remains on the Rays roster. Manager Kevin Cash said they and Wisler will “have to manage” the issue but “he is too valuable” to take off roster, since he would also then have to miss the next series if the Rays advance.
Here is the Rays lineup:
And for the Red Sox:
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