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Tampa Bay Rays tab Collin McHugh to be Game 4 opener

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Sportsnaut
 2021-10-11

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The Tampa Bay Rays will throw the kitchen sink at the Boston Red Sox on Monday, tabbing Collin McHugh to open Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that McHugh and Michael Wacha are in line to get the bulk of the innings, after the Rays used nine pitchers in Sunday’s 13-inning loss. However, it’s all hands on deck for the Rays, save for rookies Shane McClanahan and Shane Baz, who started Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS, per the Times.

McHugh (0-1, 16.20 ERA) was charged with the loss in Game 2 on Friday in Tampa. He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Wacha got roughed up later in the game, charged with six runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

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The Red Sox are countering with Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 10.80), Boston’s starter — and loser — in Game 1. He pitched just 1 2/3 innings in the opening game.

The Red Sox won Sunday’s 5-hour-plus marathon on Christian Vazquez’s two-run walkoff home run in the 13th. The Rays were robbed of a run in the top of the 13th when a ball hit by Kevin Kiermaier ricocheted off Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe and bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. Yandy Diaz, who would have scored from first on the play, was forced to return to third base.

–Field Level Media

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