Guardians meet the Rays with 1-0 series lead
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.
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)
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.