Preview: Rays set sights on 2-game sweep of Nationals in Wednesday’s matinee


TV: FOX Sports Sun

TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m.

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Washington Nationals (17-29, fifth in the NL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-17, first in the AL East)

PITCHING PROBABLES

Washington: Austin Voth (0-5, 7.99 ERA)

Tampa Bay: Pete Fairbanks (4-3, 3.00 ERA)

LINE

Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE

Washington enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.

The Rays are 17-8 on their home turf. Tampa Bay has a collective on-base percentage of .330, good for third in the American League. Yandy Diaz leads the club with a mark of .423.

The Nationals have gone 8-13 away from home. The Washington offense has compiled a .263 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the league. Juan Soto leads the team with a mark of .350.

TOP PERFORMERS

Willy Adames leads the Rays with 40 hits and is batting .274.

Soto leads the Nationals with 11 home runs and is batting .350.

INJURIES

Rays: Chaz Roe: (elbow), Cody Reed: (finger), Colin Poche: (elbow), Andrew Kittredge: (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Jose Alvarado: (shoulder), Yandy Diaz: (hamstring), Ji-Man Choi: (hamstring), Mike Zunino: (oblique).

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg: (hand), Seth Romero: (right hand), Tanner Rainey: (forearm), Javy Guerra: (hamstring), Sam Freeman: (elbow), Roenis Elias: (elbow), Sean Doolittle: (oblique), Dakota Bacus: (right flexor), Howie Kendrick: (left hamstring), Starlin Castro: (wrist).

Source: Fox Sports

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