Shane McClanahan, Rays aim to leapfrog Orioles

tampa bay rays Ace Shane McClanahan will look to continue his dominance over his hometown team when they take on the visiting side on Saturday. baltimore orioles St. Petersburg, Florida

McClanahan (11–1, 2.56 ERA) improved to 6–0 with a 2.14 ERA in eight career starts against Baltimore after scattering four hits over six innings in a 3–0 win on May 8.

The 26-year-old left-hander did well on his return from the injured list on Monday after suffering a back injury.

He earned a no-decision for the third time in a row on Monday against the Texas Rangers despite allowing only two runs on three hits and six walks in six innings. raysHowever, they suffered the loss after Pete Fairbanks allowed a wild pitch to open up the winning run in the ninth inning.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, McClanahan said, “It was nice to be back out there.” “It’s nice to feel like myself again. I feel like I got everything worked out (Monday). It stinks, the end result, but I feel like I have a lot of good things to work on.”

That blow was part of a five-game losing streak for Tampa Bay, which snapped that slump on Friday with a 3-0 win over Baltimore to take the four-game series to one.

“At this point, I think we’ll take whatever victory we get.” rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Hopefully that will bring some momentum and (drive) the bat and the momentum for the rest of the series.

Zach Aflin had two hits in seven scoreless innings, tying McClanahan and Nathan Iovaldi of the Texas Rangers for an American League-best 11 wins. Single homers from Isaac Paredes and Jose Siri helped keep Tampa Bay just four percentage points short. orioles for first place in the AL East

Baltimore, which has lost just the third time in 13 games, will send rookie right-hander G.raysRodriguez (2-2, 7.33 ERA) on the mound on Saturday

The 23-year-old Rodriguez earned the win in his only career start. on May 9 after giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings during a 4–2 victory over Tampa Bay. Three starts later, he was demoted to the minors after seeing his ERA balloon to 7.35 after his 10th start.

Rodriguez returned from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, but his winless stretch extended to four games after giving up four runs over five innings during a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rodriguez said, “I’ve just been able to go back to Norfolk and collect myself and go back to being the pitcher I know I am, and he’s throwing a lot of fast balls.” “That’s something we were able to do (on Monday). Left something at the plate in the sixth, but other than that, it was a little better than when I first came here.”

orioles They would prefer to provide more aggressive support on Saturday than on Friday. Baltimore only had two hits and two walks while striking out 14.

“Our night was not aggressive,” orioles Manager Brandon Hyde said

–Field Level Media

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