2016 Game 31: Rays at Angels

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Tampa Bay Rays (14-14, T-3rd AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (13-17, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 68F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Matt Andriese (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Matt Andriese delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 27, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Matt Andriese delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 27, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Andriese has been recalled by Tampa Bay to make his 2016 debut this afternoon because the Rays would like a right-hander to face the Angels lineup. So far this season, Andriese has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.41 ERA in 6 starts at AAA Durham, including a 14 strikeout performance on Tuesday against Indianapolis. Andriese’s MLB experience consists of 25 appearances (8 starts) in which he posted a 3-5 record and a 4.11 ERA, all of which came during the 2015 season.

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Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.42 ERA)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium on April 27, 2016 (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium on April 27, 2016 (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

If there’s any positive to come out of the devastating news the Angels received on their starting rotation Friday, it’s that Tropeano will now likely get the opportunity to establish himself at the MLB level over a full season. He had pitched quite well for the Angels up until Tuesday in Milwaukee. Until then he hadn’t given up more than 2 earned runs in a start this season, but Milwaukee burned him for 3 home runs, 2 of which came off the bat of Chris Carter. He also walked 5 batters and ended up being charged with 5 earned runs in 5 innings and took the loss in a game the Angels dropped 5-4.

Game Notes

  • In five starts this season, Tropeano hasn’t pitched less than five innings but hasn’t gone past the sixth.
  • The Rays will need to make a roster move prior to Sunday’s game to make room for Andriese.
  • Both starting pitchers will face the opposing teams for the first time in their careers.

Starting Lineups

Tampa Bay

  1. 2B-Logan Forsythe – .320
  2. SS-Brad Miller – .215
  3. 3B-Evan Longoria – .228
  4. LF-Corey Dickerson – .188
  5. RF-Steven Souza – .278
  6. DH-Logan Morrison – .104
  7. 1B-Steve Pearce – .296
  8. CF-Kevin Kiermaier – .235
  9. C-Curt Casali – .183

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .294
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .294
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .313
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .195
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .262
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .221
  7. 2B-Cliff Pennington – .189
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .164
  9. LF-Ji-Man Choi – .067

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 18-12 (.600)
  2. Texas: 17-14 (.548) – 1.5 GB
  3. Oakland: 14-17 (.452) – 4.5 GB
  4. Angels: 13-17 (.433) – 5 GB
  5. Houston: 11-20 (.355) – 7.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Texas @ Detroit – 10:10am PT
  • Oakland @ Baltimore – 10:35am PT
  • Seattle @ Houston – 11:10am PT

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