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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Rays Report

A baseball blog by Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

Win would make Rays part of history

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays are looking to become only the sixth team in the last 25 years to have a 10-game losing streak and a 10-game winning streak in the same season this afternoon. All it will take is another win.

The Rays, winners of nine straight, will send Chris Archer to the mound as they try to sweep the Red Sox and creep closer to a playoff spot.

They begin the day 3.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot and 6.5 games behind the first place Orioles in the AL East.

The Rays are also two games under .500. They haven’t been this close to an even record since May 4.

Here are the lineups:


Holt 3B

Nava LF

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Victorino RF

Carp 1B

Drew SS

Vazquez C

Bradley Jr. CF


Allen Webster RHP (season debut)


Jennings CF

Zobrist LF

Joyce DH

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Escobar SS

Figueroa 2B

Casali C

Kiermaier RF


Archer RHP (6-5, 3.31)