How to watch Tuesday’s Rays game with Seattle; Game time, lineups, pre-game chat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Seattle Mariners are making their only trip of the year to Tropicana Field this week, and their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays begins Tuesday night.

The Rays start night games earlier this year, so the first pitch is at 6:40 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay is 9-7 so far this season. The Mariners are 10-6 and lead the American League by a half game over the Los Angeles Angels. They’ve been playing well lately, picking up three straight wins over Kansas City over the weekend. They’ve won 6 of 7 and 8 of 10 games, and are coming to Florida on a roll after a long plane ride.

It’s another opening night for the Rays, with right-hander Matt Wisler leading the way. Southpaw Josh Fleming is expected to get multiple innings on Tuesday. He pitched 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Chicago cold, earning his second victory of the year when the Rays won 6-5.

He gave up a two-run homer to Patrick Wisdom, but pitched well otherwise.

“He pitched really well,” Cash said of Fleming’s appearance against the Cubs. “He had great downhill action on his fastball, threw some good cutters and threw some good breakout balls. There’s a pitch or two he’d like to get back, sure, but he threw well.

“Flem is very valuable to us. This is a (Seattle) lineup that’s pretty right-left with some switch hitters, so hopefully Wis can do his thing and Flem can pick up where he left off in Chicago. It will be a little warmer for him this time around.

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Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game, complete with game time, line-ups, bios and the usual great news nuggets.

How to watch Mariners at Rays

  • Who: Seattle Mariners (10-6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9-7)
  • When: 6:40 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 26
  • Or: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • TV: Bally Sports Sun
  • Flow: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
  • Advertisers: Dewayne Staats (play-by-play), Brian Anderson (color commentary), and Tricia Whitaker (in-game reporter).
  • Radio: WDAE 95.3 FM; SiriusXM Channel 177
  • Advertisers: Andy Freed and Dave Wills.
  • Last line: Tampa Bay is favored at minus-138 on the money line according to the SISportsbook.com website’s opening line Tuesday morning. The Mariners are plus-115. The plus/minus is 7, the lowest number of the year.

History of the Rays Mariners

  • Rays vs Mariners Series All-Time History: Tampa Bay is just 80-107 against the Mariners, a .428 winning percentage. They also have a losing record at Tropicana Field, going just 39-51 since 1998. They have never met in the playoffs. Last year, the Mariners went 6-1 against the Rays, sweeping a four-game June streak in Seattle and then winning two of three games in St. Petersburg in August. The Mariners are the only team the Rays didn’t beat at least twice last season.
  • Kevin Cash on the Mariners: “They played us very hard. If I felt like there were a lot of games that happened on the wire. I would like to kind of change our fortunes a bit, especially at the end of the ball game, those who are close. They’re a good team, with a good mix of young players, so we have our work cut out for us.

Rays-Mariners Most Recent Games

  • Rays 5, Red Sox 2: Tampa Bay got seven solid innings from starter Shane McClanahan on Sunday. He struck out 20 of his last 22 batters in the 5-2 win as the Rays won the series. Ji-Man Choi had the big hit for the Rays, a two-run double in the fifth as part of a three-run rally. For the full story of the game, CLICK HERE
  • Mariners 5, Royals 4 (12 Inn): Seattle completed a Kansas City sweep when left fielder Jesse Winker singled on a run late in the 12th inning. Winker was an unlikely hero, given that he was hitting .137 in the winner’s time. He threw a run in the 10th inning with a sacrifice fly, thus becoming the first player in Mariners history to have an RBI in two separate overtime runs.

Projected starting pitchers

  • Mariners right-hander Logan Gilbert: It’s kind of a homecoming for Seattle starter Logan Gilbert, who hails from Apopka, Florida. The 24-year-old right-hander is in his second season with the Mariners, and he passed away. He’s made three starts this year and allowed just one earned run in 16 2/3 innings. His 0.54 ERA is the best in the American League.
  • Rays right-hander Matt Wisler: The Rays will use an “opener” on Tuesday, with Matt Wisler getting the call to start for the second time. He’s played in seven games so far this season, pitching 7 1/3 innings and allowing just two earned runs. He pitched the 10th inning on Saturday and gave up a run after Rays pitchers went for a no-hitter in the first nine innings. He picked up the win when Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer late in the inning.

Projected compositions

  • Composition of sailors: Adam Frazier 2B, Ty France 1B, Jesse Winker LF, Eugenio Suarez 3B, JP Crawford SS, Abraham Toro DH, Tom Murphy C, Julio Rodriguez CF, Dylan Moore RF, Logan Gilbert P.
  • Radius range: Brandon Lowe 2B, Wander Franco SS, Yandy Diaz 3B, Ji-Man Choi 1B, Randy Arozarena LF, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Manuel Margot RF, Josh Lowe DH, Mike Zunino C, Matt Wisler P.

News nuggets

  • Nugget n°1: The Rays have had a lot of success this season on the night they used a “first game.” They’re 3-0 so far in the last eight days, including Matt Wisler’s departure against the Cubs last Tuesday. The Rays were 14-7 last year on days they used a game opener.
  • Nugget n°2: The Rays picked up wins from behind on Saturday and Sunday against the Red Sox, which is nothing new. It’s the third time they’ve done it this season and they’ve had 46 of those wins a year ago.
  • Nugget n°3: The Rays have had a lot of success at Tropicana Field, so being home all week for a three-game series with Seattle and Minnesota is a nice treat. As of May 13, the Rays are 51-21 at home, a whopping .708 winning percentage, which is the best in the American League and second in baseball behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. They went 2-1 against Boston to start the series.
  • Nugget n°4: The Rays had just one losing record against five American League teams in 2021, and their 1-6 record against Seattle was by far the worst. They were 2-4 against Houston and 3-4 against Detroit, Oakland and Texas.

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