UPDATE, 6:38: Lowe said he was excited by the opportunity, that he has been working at third and feels good about what he can do. Cash said Lowe’s work has been encouraging.
UPDATE, 6:34: Cash said starting N. Lowe at 3B is based on hoping he boosts the offense thinking he’ll get at least a couple at-bats vs. RHPs. Then if game is tight they can bring in Duffy or Robertson for defense. Cash also said said that Sogard remains limited by the sore right foot he fouled a ball off of on Sept. 6, that thinking is to give him these 2 days and Thursday off-day in hopes he is back this weekend. Had Sogard been healthy he could have been at 2B with Wendle at 3B. Cash said he got a text around noon that the Dodgers were using Sadler as an opener rather than the announced plan to start Tony Gonsolin,
Here is the Dodgers lineup:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss and hang on to their spot in the AL wild card race tonight when they take on the Dodgers again at 8:10 Tampa Bay time.
They will do so with a lineup that has somewhat of a surprise, with rookie Nate Lowe making his first big-league start, and fourth at any level as a pro, at third base. Lowe, who has had some defensive issues at first, has shifted to third during games twice for the Rays this season, including Tuesday night.
Why the Rays are using him there is likely to do with his bat, since even if they wanted to stick with a lefty hitter they could have used Kean Wong there, or put Joey Wendle at third and started Eric Sogard at second.
Brendan McKay will be on the mound for the Rays, and could provide some offense from the pitcher’s spot in the order, but that’s assuming he is pitching well enough to stay in. He hasn’t gone more than four innings in any of his last four starts.
Here is the Rays lineup:
N. Lowe 3b
Dodgers lineup when available.