Guardians and Rays meet in series rubber match

September 29, 2022 GMT

Tampa Bay Rays (85-70, third in the AL East) vs. Cleveland Guardians (87-68, first in the AL Central)

Cleveland; Thursday, 6:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Jeffrey Springs (9-4, 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 136 strikeouts); Guardians: Cal Quantrill (14-5, 3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 120 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -113, Guardians -107; over/under is 7 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Guardians and Tampa Bay Rays meet on Thursday with the three-game series tied 1-1.

Cleveland is 87-68 overall and 41-33 at home. The Guardians are 24-6 in games when they hit at least two home runs.

Tampa Bay has a 34-40 record in road games and an 85-70 record overall. The Rays have a 40-12 record in games when they did not give up a home run.

The teams square off Thursday for the sixth time this season. The Guardians lead the season series 3-2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Ramirez has 42 doubles, five triples and 28 home runs for the Guardians. Steven Kwan is 19-for-41 with two triples and two home runs over the last 10 games.

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Randy Arozarena has 41 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs and 88 RBI for the Rays. Jose Siri is 6-for-30 with two home runs and three RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Guardians: 8-2, .253 batting average, 2.65 ERA, outscored opponents by 26 runs

Rays: 4-6, .223 batting average, 4.01 ERA, outscored by nine runs

INJURIES: Guardians: Zach Plesac: 15-Day IL (hand), Anthony Gose: 60-Day IL (tricep)

Rays: Yandy Diaz: day-to-day (undisclosed), Brandon Lowe: 60-Day IL (back), Ryan Yarbrough: 15-Day IL (oblique), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (foot), Jalen Beeks: 15-Day IL (leg), Ryan Thompson: 60-Day IL (tricep), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (elbow), Roman Quinn: 10-Day IL (knee), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: 60-Day IL (hip), Mike Zunino: 60-Day IL (shoulder), J.P. Feyereisen: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Andrew Kittredge: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.