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While Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers originally was billed as a bullpen day, manager Kevin Cash said starter Michael Wacha will determine how quickly the Rays begin calling on relievers.

“He’s fresh. He’s fairly rested. We’ll let the game kind of dictate how long he goes,” Cash said. “But we have the availability to run kind of that traditional bullpen day where everybody contributes. Going into an off day, we should be in a pretty good spot.”

Wacha is making his fourth appearance since going on the injured list with hamstring tightness in early May. He made a start against the Blue Jays on May 23 and pitched two shutout innings, and followed with two relief appearances. Overall, he’s thrown 6.2 innings and given up three runs since the IL stint.

“Since Wacha has come back, he’s thrown the ball really well. The (velocity) has kind of ticked up a little bit in some of these more what (pitching coach Kyle Snyder) calls like ‘sprint-work outings.’” Cash said. “So we’ll continue to see what it looks like, but we’ve got all the confidence in the world that he can go give us a good start and we’ll hand it off to the bullpen as we see fit.”

Here’s the Rays lineup today:

Brandon Lowe 2B

Randy Arozarena LF

Joey Wendle 3B

Austin Meadows DH

Yandy Diaz 1B

Taylor Walls SS

Manuel Margot RF

Francisco Mejia C

Brett Phillips CF

And for the Rangers with Dane Dunning on the mound:

Brock Holt 3B

Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS

Nate Lowe 1B

Joey Gallo RF

Nick Solak DH

Willie Calhoun LF

Charlie Culberson 2B

Jason Martin CF

Jonah Heim C

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