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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Archer’s poor starts to games

Change the warm-up?

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Yesterday, Chris Archer struggled in the first inning once more. From the quotes in Topkin’s writeup, Archer’s trying to figure something to change:

"It's tough. For roughly four years, my major-league career, I've had the same routine," he said. "But maybe I should change something up. I'll look into it."

Steve Kinsella also noted Archer’s displeasure at his poor starts to games.

"It is very frustrating putting the team behind the eight ball numerous times this season, right out of the gate." Archer told reporters after the game. "Something I definitely need to get better at because outside of the first inning I threw the ball well today."

And then there’s this “fun” tidbit.

It was the first time the Rays have had complete games thrown against them in back to back games since the Detroit Tigers did it August 20-21, 2014 (Rick Porcello and David Price).

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