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Rays vs Tigers Preview: The Rays look to stay above .500

The Rays flirtation with the .500 mark continues

Tampa Bay Rays v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays are on the brink of being a .500 team for the 19th time this season. After winning six of seven, the Rays have dropped their last two games thanks to runs scored in their opponents last plate appearances.

The Rays are currently 35-34 are now tied for the second wild card spot with the Cleveland Indians. Meanwhile, the division race, the Rays are five and a half games behind the New York Yankees.

Starting Pitchers

Erasmo Ramirez will be making his 6th start since rejoining the Rays rotation after Blake Snell’s demotion in mid-May. Things started off well enough for him, but since making a relief appearance, Ramirez has been in a funk. His last time out was on the 10th against the Athletics where he allowed three runs on 10 hits, while he walked one and struck out six before departing with an out in the sixth inning.

Daniel Norris has finally stuck in the majors after dealing with injuries and poor performance to kick off his career, he has found his spot in the Tigers rotation. His last start came on the 11th in Boston against the Red Sox where he allowed two runs on seven hits, while he three and struck out six over five innings pitched.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS DETROIT TIGERS
Steven Souza - RF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Corey Dickerson - DH Alex Avila - 1B
Evan Longoria - 3B Miguel Cabrera - DH
Logan Morrison - 1B J.D. Martinez - RF
Tim Beckham - SS Justin Upton - LF
Mallex Smith - CF Nick Castellanos - 3B
Daniel Robertson - 2B Alex Presley - CF
Jesus Sucre - C James McCann - C
Peter Bourjos - LF Jose Iglesias - SS
Erasmo Ramirez - RHP Daniel Norris - LHP