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Rays vs White Sox Preview: Rays Return Home

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A rematch of the 2008 ALDS

Chicago White Sox v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 2 Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays are back at the Trop after a disapointing series in Seattle as the Mariners swept the Rays over three games, dropping the Rays back under .500 once again this season. The Rays now stand at 29-30 and are five and half games back of the division leading Yankees.

Heading into town for a three game set are the Chicago White Sox, who have seen their fair share of struggles this season as they’ll enter play at 24-31, although they are just six games back of the Twins in the Central Division.

Starting Pitchers

Jose Quintana was one of the most highly talked about players during the off-season as the White Sox traded off Adam Eaton and Chris Sale, with Jose Quintana seemingly being the next player to be dealt. However, Chicago held on to the southpaw and so far in 2017, he is off to an inauspicious start.

He has shown flashes of his prior dominance, but when he struggles, things go badly very quickly. Over his last two outings, he has totaled just seven innings and has allowed 15 runs on 18 hits — four homers — while he has walked none and struck out 11.

Chris Archer takes the mound for the Rays who looks to keep pitching deep into games. So far this season, he has pitched into the 7th inning or later in eight of his 12 starts. His last time out was one of those performances as he allowed four runs on seven hits, while he walked two and struck out seven over seven innings pitched.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO WHITE SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Yolmer Sanchez - 2B Steven Souza - RF
Melky Cabrera - LF Corey Dickerson - LF
Jose Abreu - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Avisail Garcia - RF Logan Morrison - 1B
Todd Frazier - 3B Tim Beckham - SS
Matt Davidson - DH Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Tim Anderson - SS Rickie Weeks - DH
Omar Narvaez - C Daniel Robertson - 2B
Leury Garcia - CF Jesus Sucre - C
Jose Quintana - LHP Chris Archer - RHP