Guardians meet the Rays with 1-0 series lead

July 30, 2022 GMT

Cleveland Guardians (51-48, second in the AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (53-47, third in the AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Saturday, 1:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Zach Plesac (2-8, 4.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 72 strikeouts); Rays: Corey Kluber (6-6, 3.91 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 84 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -123, Guardians +104; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Guardians bring a 1-0 lead into the next game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay has gone 31-19 at home and 53-47 overall. The Rays have the ninth-ranked team batting average in the AL at .239.

Cleveland is 51-48 overall and 26-29 in road games. Guardians hitters have a collective .315 on-base percentage, the seventh-ranked percentage in the AL.

The teams meet Saturday for the second time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Yandy Diaz has a .294 batting average to rank 11th on the Rays, and has 21 doubles and four home runs. Randy Arozarena is 12-for-37 with two home runs and seven RBI over the past 10 games.

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Amed Rosario has 18 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 35 RBI while hitting .293 for the Guardians. Steven Kwan is 19-for-47 with two doubles and a home run over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 3-7, .240 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored by 11 runs

Guardians: 6-4, .287 batting average, 3.45 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs

INJURIES: Rays: Matt Wisler: 15-Day IL (neck), Francisco Mejia: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Harold Ramirez: 10-Day IL (thumb), Jalen Beeks: 15-Day IL (leg), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: 60-Day IL (hip), Mike Zunino: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Josh Fleming: 15-Day IL (oblique), Wander Franco: 10-Day IL (wrist), J.P. Feyereisen: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Margot: 60-Day IL (knee), Andrew Kittredge: 60-Day IL (elbow), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler Glasnow: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Guardians: Aaron Civale: 15-Day IL (wrist), Anthony Gose: 15-Day IL (tricep), Oscar Gonzalez: 10-Day IL (ribs), Cody Morris: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.