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Rays will go forth with Chirinos as fourth starter

The Rays have made it official – or as official as things can be with them – in naming RHP Yonny Chirinos as the fourth starter in their rotation.

The Rays had been using three, and two "Bullpen Day" slots when playing five straight days.

But Chirinos showed well enough in his first three appearances (two starts) and apparently not enough for the Rays to be concerned about when his last one went bad, that he now will take a regular turn, starting Sunday against the Twins.

Manager Kevin Cash said a key was getting Chirinos built up to the point where he could be counted on for 100 pitches.

Also, that it took them about three weeks of regular-season play to get a better handle on how all the long relievers could handle the workload and responsibilities.

"I think we're in a better spot now with Yonny in the rotation," Cash said.

As they are now set up, they have RHP Chris Archer, LHP Blake Snell, RHP Jake Faria as starters. The primary remaining multi-inning relievers are RHP Matt Andriese, RHP Andrew Kittredge, RHP Austin Pruitt, and LHP Ryan Yarbrough.

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