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Rays report: Drew Rasmussen on mound as Tampa Bay seeks series win in Detroit

Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena return to the lineup; Taylor Walls and David Peralta get a day off.
Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound as the Rays seek a victory over the Tigers that would give them their first series win since the All-Star break.
Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound as the Rays seek a victory over the Tigers that would give them their first series win since the All-Star break. [ JULIO CORTEZ | AP ]
Published Aug. 7

DETROIT — Drew Rasmussen will be on the mound on a steamy Sunday as the Rays face the Tigers seeking a victory that would give them their first series win since the All-Star break.

Rasmussen has pitched OK of late, but efficiency has been an issue.

The Rays have lost three series (to the Royals, Orioles and Guardians) and split one (Blue Jays) since the break. Saturday’s frustrating 9-1 loss leaves them needing a win today to avoid another split.

Randy Arozarena and Yandy Diaz are back in the lineup, with David Peralta and Taylor Walls off as the Rays are trying to split up playing time with team off days coming Monday and Thursday.

Right-hander Matt Manning will be on the mound for the Tigers.

Pitching coach Kyle Snyder said he was feeling better but will be moving slow for a couple of weeks after his right calf “popped” as he headed to the mound during the seventh inning of Saturday’s game.

Here is the Rays’ lineup:

And for the Tigers:

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