Thursday, June 30, 2016

Rays to welcome Tigers for four-game series

Jordan Zimmermann will make his second career start at Tropicana Field trying to rebound from his roughest outing of the season when he faces Jake Odorizzi and the Rays in Thursday's opener of a four-game series. Tampa Bay is coming off a series win over the Red Sox following an extended skid.
Zimmermann allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his last outing at home against Cleveland. Odorizzi didn't fare much better in his last start in Baltimore, giving up five runs in five innings as the Rays blew an early lead.
The Tigers and Rays faced each other three times earlier this season at Comerica Park. Tampa Bay won the first game to extend what was then a season-long, four-game winning streak. But the Tigers won the last two and Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier broke his left hand in the process, and remains sidelined.
Three things to know about this game
• Rays shortstop Brad Miller hit his 10th home run on Tuesday, which is the most in club history for a shortstop before the All-Star break. Miller will next take aim at the Rays' shortstop single-season record of 15.
• Zimmermann will make his final start in June, which has statistically represented his best month over the course of his career. He has a 2.49 ERA and a 15-10 record. He has a 3.35 career ERA.
• Both the Tigers and Rays have hit over 100 home runs, but the Tigers have five players with at least 12 home runs; the Rays have only two.

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