Preview: After an exhausting finale in Minnesota, Rays return home to host Rangers

June 28, 2019

TV: FOX Sports Sun


TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.


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Texas Rangers (45-36, second in the AL West) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (46-35, second in the AL East)

PITCHING PROBABLES


Rangers: Lance Lynn (9-4, 4.32 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 108 strikeouts)

Rays: Yonny Chirinos (7-3, 3.00 ERA, .95 WHIP, 71 strikeouts)


BOTTOM LINE


The Rays are 20-18 on their home turf. Tampa Bay is averaging 4.4 RBIs per game this season. Brandon Lowe leads the team with 47 total runs batted in.

The Rangers are 17-21 in road games. Texas has slugged .452, good for fifth in the majors. Joey Gallo leads the club with a .676 slugging percentage, including 32 extra-base hits and 19 home runs. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.

TOP PERFORMERS


Lowe leads the Rays with 47 RBIs and is batting .274. Willy Adames is 11-for-36 with a double, three home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 34 extra base hits and is batting .285. Danny Santana is 9-for-29 with a double, five home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas.

LAST 10 GAMES


Rays: 3-7, .201 batting average, 4.76 ERA, outscored by 16 runs

Rangers: 7-3, .269 batting average, 3.66 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs

Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Diego Castillo: 10-day IL (shoulder), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: day-to-day (leg), Daniel Robertson: 10-day IL (knee), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Christian Arroyo: 10-day IL (forearm), Anthony Bemboom: 60-day IL (knee).

Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Jeffrey Springs: 10-day IL (biceps), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow), Taylor Hearn: 60-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Kyle Dowdy: 10-day IL (elbow), Hunter Pence: 10-day IL (groin), Scott Heineman: 60-day IL (shoulder), Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 10-day IL (finger).


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