Game 63: Rays vs Washington Nationals — Pregame News and Notes

Updated 3:45 p.m. After a 3–1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the Rays will look to sweep the short two-game series on Wednesday. Tampa Bay (39–23) is 16 games above .500 for the first time this year, and has won three straight and 20 of the team’s last 24 games.

Here’s the Rays lineup for tonight:

Margot RF

Diaz 1B

Meadows LF

Arozarena DH

Brosseau 3B

Mejia C

Lowe 2B

Walls SS

Phillips CF

Tampa Bay has the best record in the American League, percentage points behind San Francisco for the best mark in the majors. The Rays also have won nine of the team’s last 10 home games, with the only loss a 2–1 defeat against Kansas City on May 25th.

Shane McClanahan starts for the Rays on Wednesday/Tampa Bay Rays Will Vragovic

On the mound, the Rays have allowed one run or fewer in three straight games, and have given up just two runs total in the past 30 innings. Shane McClanahan (2–1 4.11) will get the ball for the Rays, his eighth MLB start. McClanahan is coming off his shortest MLB start, as he allowed four runs in 3.1 innings against the Yankees in New York. McClanahan earned his first MLB in his only interleague start against the Mets.

Here’s the lineup McClanahan will see:

Turner SS

Harrison 2B

Soto RF

Zimmerman 1B

Gomes C

Schwarber LF

Bell DH

Castro 3B

Robles CF

Patrick Corbin (3–5 6.28) will make his 12th start for Washington. Corbin has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three outings, and hasn’t completed six innings since May 13th. Tampa Bay is 15–8 when a lefty starts for the opposition, even though the Rays are hitting .195 (.623 OPS) against a southpaw starter.

In the Rays minor league system, a cycle by a former first round pick was the highlight on Tuesday:

Durham (21–9) won 8–5 over White Sox affiliate Charlotte. Dalton Kelly had two hits and three RBI.

Montgomery (13–17) defeated White Sox affiliate Birmingham 5–2 as Garrett Whitley hit for the cycle. Ford Proctor homered too. Elliott Johnson, Brett Sullivan and Jim Haley were previous Biscuits to hit for the cycle.

Bowling Green (19–12) were routed 10–1 by Orioles affiliate Aberdeen. Greg Jones homered for the only Hot Rods run. Michael Mercado allowed an unearned run over the first five innings.

Charleston (19–12) downed Columbia 3–1. Diego Infante had two hits and an RBI. Colby White earned the same. He now has 36 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

Coverage on the Rays Radio Network begins at 6:30 p.m. and Dave and Andy will have the call with first pitch at 7:10.

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