Following the well needed four-day break, the Tampa Bay Rays kickoff a weekend series tonight against the Los Angeles Angels. At 47-43, Tampa Bay can reach a new high-water mark with a victory tonight.
Rays 7/14/17 Starting Lineup
— LHP Jonny Venters has been assigned to Class-A Charlotte Stone Crabs, another step in what would be a great comeback story for the hurler.
— Tampa Bay is expected to have Tim Beckham (left ankle) activated on Sunday, the last game of this series. Rickie Weeks Jr. is to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham next week.
— Neil Solondz (Rays Radio) updated the short-term post-Rasmus situation with the Rays: Brad Miller can take some of the DH at-bats when not in the field, and Corey Dickerson can play left and has done so fairly well. In addition, Kevin Kiermaier is eligible to come off the DL on August 8th, and Kevin Cash indicated yesterday the hope that Kiermaier will return on that date, or fairly close to it.