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Tampa Bay Rays promote LHP/DH Brendan McKay, option RHP Hunter Wood

The Rays top pitching prospect will take the mound tonight

MLB: Game One-Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays are promoting two-way player Brendan McKay to start tonight’s series opener against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field.

McKay, who Baseball America ranked as the 12th best prospect in baseball in their latest update, will be making his fourth Major League start. Thus far, he has dominated opposing lineups, allowing just three runs on 10 hits over 16 innings pitched. He has only walked one batter over that time, and racked up 13 strikeouts.

His last outing came on the 13th in Baltimore where he shutdown the Orioles for five innings, yielding just three hits while he walked none and struck out seven. McKay has not walked a batter since his first MLB start back on June 29th.

In the corresponding roster move, the Tampa Bay Rays have optioned right-handed pitcher Hunter Wood to Triple-A Durham.

McKay will look to reverse the Rays fortune after a devastating series in New York, in which the Yankees took the final three games of the four game set. The three straight losses dealt to the Rays has caused them to fall out of the top Wild Card spot, into a tie for the second spot with the Oakland Athletics.