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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 9, 2021
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Rays go for two-game sweep of Nationals

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Washington Nationals at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. These teams last met in 2020 in a pair of two-game series; the Rays took three of the four games. Since 2009, Tampa Bay is 7-2 at home versus the Nationals.
  2. Losses in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday dropped the Nats to 3-8 in their last 11 games, during which they've been outscored by 20 runs (53-33). The two most recent losses to the Phillies saw Washington allow 17 runs, only eight of which were earned.
  3. The Rays are an MLB-best 19-4 since May 13, scoring 6.43 runs per game -- also the majors' top figure. Tampa Bay is second in the American League in run differential at plus-75, trailing only the White Sox's plus-85.
  4. Trea Turner led MLB in hits last season with and ranks fourth this year with 71. Prior to 2020, only twice in team history had an Expo/National finished in the majors' top five in hits, both in the Montreal era. Both Al Oliver (1982) and Vladimir Guerrero (2002) finished third.
  5. Austin Meadows was hitting .215 on the morning of May 27; beginning on that date, he has hit safely in 10 straight games. Meadows has a .395 average during the streak, with five homers and 19 RBI. He is the only player in MLB with an average under .250 and 30 or more extra-base hits in 2021 (.248, 31 extra-base hits).
  6. This is the first time in Jon Lester's career that he has gone as many as seven starts into a season without earning a victory. Tyler Glasnow's 2021 rate of 2.30 strikeouts per hit allowed would be the third highest in AL history, minimum 10 starts (Shane Bieber, 2.65 in 2020; Chris Sale, 2.32 in 2018).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/8/2021 thru 6/9/2021

The Tampa Bay Rays will turn to their promising rookie left-hander Shane McClanahan to try to sweep their brief, two-game series against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

McClanahan (2-1, 4.11 ERA) is expected to make his eighth career start, and first-ever against the Nationals, as he opposes Washington veteran lefty Patrick Corbin (3-5, 6.28).

McClanahan, the Rays' 2018 first-round pick out of South Florida, has struck out 38 and walked only nine in 30 2/3 innings this season.

But in his most recent outing on June 2, McClanahan lasted only 3 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees and suffered his first career loss. McClanahan threw 79 pitches and struck out six, but he walked two and gave up four runs on five hits including a first-inning, two-run home run to Gio Urshela.

"I got myself in too many deep counts," said McClanahan, who will pitch after an extra two days of rest on Wednesday just as Tyler Glasnow did on Tuesday. "I don't think my strike-one percentage was very good today."

The Rays remained hot on Tuesday, winning for the 20th time in their past 24 games behind Glasnow's 11 strikeouts over seven innings in the 3-1 victory. Glasnow threw a season-high 114 pitches and helped the Rays move to a season-high 16 games over .500. Manuel Margot went 2-for-5 with a leadoff home run against Jon Lester, and Mike Brosseau hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth.

"(Glasnow) had some nasty breaking balls," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. "His stuff was outstanding. Commanded the ball really well. He had his A stuff."

Corbin's ERA is more than a point higher than his career-worst 5.15 in 2016.

Corbin, who will face the Rays for the first time, allowed only two hits over five scoreless innings, before the Atlanta Braves tagged him for four runs in the sixth in his most recent start last Thursday. Corbin ended up surrendering six hits overall, including a two-run homer to Dansby Swanson, walked two and struck out four over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss.

Corbin has lost his past two starts and has allowed four earned runs in each of his past three starts.

"I still felt good and thought I made some pitches," Corbin said facing the Braves. "I left the slider up there for Dansby. It was frustrating because I felt really good and wanted to keep us in the game."

Ji-Man Choi (groin strain) could be ready to return next week, according to Cash.

The Nationals put starting pitcher Austin Voth on the 10-day injured list with a fractured nose on Tuesday.

Voth had to get his nose reset after it was broken when he was hit by a pitch while squaring around to bunt against Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez on Sunday.

Washington Manager Dave Martinez said Voth's nose was broken in a few places and his left eye is "pretty much swollen shut."

"He said he feels fine," Martinez told reporters pregame on Tuesday. "We've got to get the swelling down. He's going to be out for some time until we get the eye back open and we'll go from there."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 9, 2021

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