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Game Notes: Grady Sizemore Promoted

Archer vs Masterson, plus Andriese Optioned & Jennings to 60 Day DL

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Grady Sizemore has been surprisingly promoted today and is batting second, playing DH. Matt Andriese has been optioned to Durham, and Desmond Jennings has been moved to the 60-day DL to clear space on the 40-man roster.

Sizemore used to be a perennial all-star and five WAR a year player, but injuries have hampered hi career. He hasn't played a full season since 2008 and has traveled around from the Red Sox to the Phillies the past three seasons, but was released at the beginning of June. The Rays picked him up two weeks later, and he'll be making his debut later today.

Yesterday afternoon, Matt Andriese delivered the best start of his career as he went six shutout innings against the Red Sox and only allowed one hit, whilst walking none and struck out five. The game also featured three homeruns from the Rays, including the longest career shot by Evan Longoria which landed out in the Captain Morgan party deck. The Yankees brokeout against the Astros yesterday with a six run lead, only to allow Houston to comeback, but still found a way to come away with a victory, thus remaining only a half game back n the division.

Nick Franklin was recently optioned to Durham, and Tim Beckham suffered the same fate after he was activated yesterday, giving Jake Elmore the lone utility spot on the Rays bench. He was given the start versus the southpaw yesterday at first, and he'd end up having the decisive blow against Wade Miley as he launched a rare HR into 162 Landing

Today, the Rays will send Chris Archer to the mound to faceoff against longtime team nemesis, Justin Masterson. Heading into play today, Archer is 9-4 with a 2.01 ERA and a 2.23 FIP, to go along with his 30.6 K% and 6.0 BB% over 16 starts and 103 innings pitched. Archer was dominant his last time out, going eight innings against the Blue Jays, where he allowed two runs (one earned), on three hits, while he struck out seven and walked one in a victory over Toronto.

Justin Masterson Scouting Report:

Heading into play today, Masterson is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA and a 5.26 FIP to go along with a 14.6 K% and a 11.5 BB% over the course of seven starts and 35.1 innings pitched. Masterson is having the worst season of his career this season, as he has struggled to maintain consistency. His last time out, he couldn't make it past the third inning as the Yankees touched him for six runs. The time before that, he couldn't make it past the fifth after the Rays got him for four runs.

His arsenal:

PITCH VELOCITY FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball High 80's

44% vs LHB

***

24% vs RHB

Sporadic Keeps away, off the plate
Sinker High 80's

28% vs LHB

***

41% vs RHB

Runs it down and away, usually out of the zone Keeps it in, under the hands, or down and away
Slider High 70's

27% vs LHB

***

35% vs RHB

Tries to backdoor it, or runs it low and in Sweeps it away, usually out of the zone
Change Low 80's

0% vs LHB

***

Non-existent Sporadic

Masterson's best pitch throughout his career has been his sinker, so it's no surprise that he's a heavy groundball pitcher. However, he's generating the least amount of groundballs of his career this season, as opponents are only hitting them 51.3% of the time, meanwhile fly balls are hit 27% and line drives are hit 21.7% of the time.

Lefties are mashing against Masterson this year as they have slashed .297/.390/.511 with 3 HR, to go along with a 14.3 K% and 10.5 BB% in 105 trips to the plate. Meanwhile, righties have slashed .260/.383/.420 with 1 HR to go along with a 15.0 K% and 13.3 BB% in 60 trips to the plate.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Mookie Betts - CF Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Brock Holt - 2B Grady Sizemore - DH
Xander Bogaerts - SS Evan Longoria - 3B
David Ortiz - DH David DeJesus - LF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Logan Forsythe - 2B
Mike Napoli - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Alejandro De Aza - LF Marc Krauss - 1B
Blake Swihart - C Brandon Guyer - CF
Jackie Bradley - RF Rene Rivera - C
Justin Masterson - RHP Chris Archer - RHP

Other Rays Notes:

- SIzemore will take the #24, hopefully it retains some of the DanJo magic for him

- June 28th in team history, of which they are 7-8 all-time.

  • 2004 - Jose Bautista is claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals, ending the future slugger's month long tenure with the Devil Rays.
  • 2005 - After scoring a run in the first, the Devil Rays are shutout for the next 10 innings en-route to an extra inning, 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays.
  • 2008 - A sign of things to come, Jason Bay disheartens Rays fans for the first time after he hits a walkoff HR in the bottom of the 13th, winning the game 4-3.
  • 2011 - After David Price took a shutout into the 8th inning against the Reds, only to allow two runs and the lead, the Rays came back to regain the lead in the bottom half of the inning...only for Kyle Farnsworth to allow the Reds to again, tie the game in the top of the 9th, however the Rays would have the last laugh as Evan Longoria smacked a walkoff HR to leadoff the bottom of the 9th.