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What you need to know about Wednesday’s Rays-Nationals game

Tampa Bay Times logo Tampa Bay Times 6 days ago By Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
a baseball player throwing a ball: The Rays' Pete Fairbanks pitches against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on Aug. 22, 2020. © Ivy Ceballo/Times/Tampa Bay Times/TNS The Rays' Pete Fairbanks pitches against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on Aug. 22, 2020.

Magic numbers

4 to make playoffs

9* to win AL East

Combination of Rays wins and losses by trailing team in playoff field (Mariners) and second place in division (Yankees), with Rays holding division tiebreaker*

Today: vs. Nationals

1:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 95.3 FM, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Pete Fairbanks (4-3, 3.00)

NATIONALS: RH Austin Voth (0-5, 7.99)

Rays: Fairbanks will open in front of Josh Fleming, the 24-year-old rookie, who was lined up to start. Fleming didn’t get through the fifth in his most recent outing, allowing three runs.

Nationals: Voth has not worked more than five innings in any of his eight starts and has allowed three or more runs in his past six. Has allowed 41 hits and 14 walks in 32 1/4 u2154 innings. Throws fastball, cutter, curve and occasional changeup.

On deck

Thursday: at Orioles (DH), 4:35, Rays, LH Blake Snell (4-1, 3.23) and TBA; Orioles, TBA and TBA

Friday: at Orioles, 7:35. Rays, RH Tyler Glasnow (3-1, 4.47); Orioles, TBA

Saturday: at Orioles, 7:35. Rays, RH Charlie Morton (1-2, 5.14); Orioles, TBA

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA

Monday: at Mets, 7:10. Rays, TBA; Mets, TBA

Injured list

? 1B Ji-Man Choi, left hamstring strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 23

? LH Cody Reed, left pinky irritation, 10-day, eligible Sept. 17

? INF Yandy Diaz, right hamstring strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 11

? C Mike Zunino, left oblique strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 5

? LH Jalen Beeks, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

? RH Chaz Roe, elbow soreness, 45-day, out for season

? RH Yonny Chirinos, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

? LH Jose Alvarado, shoulder inflammation, 45-day, eligible Sept. 28

? RH Andrew Kittredge, elbow tear, 45-day, out for season

? LH Colin Poche, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

Also: LH Brendan McKay out for season due to shoulder surgery but is on option to minors, not on injured list


Pitchers (14): RH Nick Anderson, RH Diego Castillo, RH John Curtiss, RH Oliver Drake, RH Pete Fairbanks, LH Josh Fleming, RH Tyler Glasnow, LH Aaron Loup, RH Charlie Morton, LH Ryan Sherriff, RH Aaron Slegers, LH Blake Snell, RH Ryan Thompson, LH Ryan Yarbrough

Catchers (2): Michael Perez, Kevan Smith

Infielders (5): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Brandon Lowe, Nate Lowe, Joey Wendle

Outfielders (7): Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo

Some things different about 2020

? Season shortened to 60 games, about 37 percent of usual 162.

? Teams playing only against their division and corresponding geographical division in other league, so for Rays, AL and NL East.

? Doubleheaders games are seven innings rather than nine.

? Rosters were 30 players to start season, but were reduced to 28 and will stay at 28 through the postseason.

? Fans not allowed in Trop, at least at start of season. There are plans, depending on virus situation, to host 5,000-7,000 a game later in season.

? Fake fan noise, created from recordings of actual crowds and adapted for and then from MLB The Show video game, will be played, along with more music and sound effects.

? Most weekday home games start at 6:40 p.m., moved up from 7:10. All games on Fox Sports Sun.

? For extra-inning games, each team will start with runner on second. The runner is the batter who made last out of previous inning or a pinch-runner.

? All pitchers must face minimum of three batters, except for injury or illness.

? DH will be used in both leagues.

? Injured list stays are 10 days for all players (shortened from 15 for pitchers), and long-term list is 45 days, down from 60.

? Games halted due to weather before becoming official will be resumed at later date, not started over.


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