Rays vs. Mariners lineups for Wednesday, seeking to avoid a sweep

Charlie Morton will be on the mound for Rays, and Aaron Slegers in the bullpen after Hoby Milner was sent back down.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) pitches during the first inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday, August 16, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) pitches during the first inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday, August 16, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES | Times OCTAVIO JONES | Times | Tampa Bay Times
Published August 21
Updated August 21

UPDATE, 11:37: Cash said Wendle was still feeling the wrist issue playing for AAA Durham last night, will get treatment today and may take a day off, likely will have to deal with it rest of season, shouldn’t need to be shut down. ... Lowe (leg bruise) had a good night with no issues. .... Cash said they’ve gotten good news on RH Yonny Chirinos (finger) who is cleared to resume baseball activities and will start playing catch over the weekend. ... Glasnow (forearm) threw another bullpen session today with fist bumps all around when done. Cash said he and Snell (elbow) forearm) and Snell (elbow) won’t go on trip but will continue throwing, and in Glasnow’s case, facing hitters at Trop or in Port Charlotte. ... At 6-10, Slegers is the tallest player in Rays history, surpassing 6-9 Jeff Niemann and Mark Hendrickson, and and tied for second to appear in majors behind 6-11 Jon Rauch, per baseball-reference.com.

DEVELOPING: Having swept the Mariners last weekend in Seattle, the Rays are on the other side today, taking the field for today’s matinee trying to avoid being swept.

They feel they have the right man on the mound in Charlie Morton, who comes in leading the AL with a 2.77 ERA.

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The Rays made one roster move already, sending down lefty Hoby Milner after he worked in relief on Tuesday and calling up (and adding to the 40-man roster) Aaron Slegers, the 6-10 righty who has previous big-league time with the Twins.

With their second straight loss to Seattle and Oakland’s win, the Rays dropped into a tie for the second AL wild-card.

The Mariners are using RHP Cory Gearrin as an opener today with lefty Wade LeBlanc set to work in relief.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Pham lf

Meadows dh

d’Arnaud c

Aguilar 1b

Duffy 3b

Kiermaier cf

Adames ss

Brosseau 2b

Heredia rf

Morton p

And here is the Mariners lineup, with former Rays OF prospect Jake Fraley making his debut:

Smith rf

Crawford ss

Nola 1b

Seager 3b

Narvaez c

Vogelbach dh

Lopes lf

Fraley cf

Gordon 2b

Gearrin p







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