A win or a quality start would be nice for Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, but just getting through the night without an injury would be a welcome sight.
The Rays (22-24) take on the Red Sox (33-15) to continue their three-game series, Brandon Belt Youth jersey but do so with another injury rendering them even thinner in their starting rotation after Jake Faria left Tuesday’s game with a strained left oblique in the third inning.
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He’s going to miss some time, said Rays manager Kevin Cash, already getting by with bullpen days and spot starters for a decent part of his current rotation.
He’s had mixed results against his former team. He is 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA in his career versus the Rays, though his first two starts this season were against Tampa Bay and stellar, each seven innings and no runs allowed. On April 28, the Rays got the better of him, tagging him for five runs and eight hits in a win against the Red Sox.
Urena made two errors Sunday as Oakland completed a four-game sweep of Toronto.
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Matt Joyce (L), 4 percent, Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Mike Leake): The A’s keep Joyce in the top two spots of the lineup against righties, and while he hasn’t quite gotten going to the level of our expectations, he’s still clearly doing his best work against righties with a nice 169-point platoon advantage (.725 OPS, .184 ISO) and all five of his homers.