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Rays report: Jalen Beeks for openers vs. Orioles

Isaac Paredes gets a look at second base, and new dimensions at Camden Yards will be checked out.
A look at the new leftfield configuration at Camden Yards, with the fence moved back 26-1/2 feet and increased 5 feet in height.
A look at the new leftfield configuration at Camden Yards, with the fence moved back 26-1/2 feet and increased 5 feet in height. [ MARC TOPKIN | Times ]
Published May 20

BALTIMORE — Jalen Beeks will be the opener for the Rays tonight as they face the Orioles in the opening game of a quick weekend road trip.

Beeks, a lefty, has been working mostly as a multi-inning reliever in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery, which sidelined for all of 2021.

Lefty Ryan Yarbrough is expected to work the bulk of the innings as he tries to bounce back from a rough last outing, working to get a better rhythm and be more efficient.

The Rays tonight will get their first look at the expanded leftfield dimensions at Camden Yards, with the wall moved back 26-1/2 feet and increased 5 feet in height in an effort to reduce the number of homers hit.

The Rays are looking at another option tonight in replacing injured second baseman Brandon Lowe, as Isaac Paredes gets the start. He has some experience at second base but said the game speeds up on him a bit there and he is more comfortable at third.

Here is the Rays’ lineup:

And for the Orioles:

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