Gameday Preview: Tigers-Rays Open Series with Alex Faedo Tampa Homecoming and Matchup with Corey Kluber;  Lineups, pre-game chatter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s a homecoming of sorts for Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Alex Faedo as the Tampa native makes his third career start against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. He will be up against veteran Corey Kluber, who is trying to get back on track for the Rays after being roughed up in his last start.

This is the first of a three-game streak with the Tigers, who have the worst record (12-23) in the American League but came off a three-game win over the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.

This is Kluber’s seventh start of the season and four of them have been very good, but the last one wasn’t. In a 12-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels last Tuesday, he allowed eight runs and 11 hits in just three innings.

“We’re looking for him to get back to what makes him good and to find pitches,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said of Kluber. “It wasn’t the hitting, it was the quality of the punches he threw and the angels attacked him. He’s playing an extra day here and he’s going to face the Tigers’ line-up, who he’s had a lot of replays against, especially (Miguel) Cabrera.”

Cash, who is from Tampa himself, knows the Faedo family. He played for Alex’s father Landy Faedo and also trained with his teams. He knows the loyal Tampa baseball family will be supporting Faedo Monday night.

“It must be something very special for the Faedo family,” Cash said. “I don’t know Alex that well, he was very young. It’s a big Tampa family and it’s quite unique how the Tampa High School coaches all pull together so I’m sure Alex will have a lot of support tonight.

Here’s how to watch Monday night’s game, with matchtime and TV info, starting lineups, bios and of course our great daily dose of updates.

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How to watch Tigers at Rays

  • WHO: Detroit Tigers (12-23) at Tampa Bay Rays (21-14)
  • When: 6:40 p.m. ET, Monday, May 16
  • From where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • TV: Bally Sports sun
  • Electricity: CLICK HERE
  • Announcer: Dewayne Staats (play-by-play), Brian Anderson (color commentary) and Tricia Whitaker (reporter).
  • Radio: WDAE 95.3 FM; SiriusXM Channel 176
  • Announcer: Andy Freed and Dave Wills.
  • Last line: Tampa Bay is favored at minus 200 on the money line Monday afternoon, according to website’s opening line. The Tigers are plus-165. The over/under is 7.5.

History of the Tiger Rays

  • History of the Tigers vs. Rays All-Time Series: This has been a very even series over the years, with the Tigers holding an 82-80 lead since that very first game in 1998. The Rays are ahead at Tropicana Field with a record of 43-39. Detroit won last year’s Season Series 4-3, splitting the four games in St. Petersburg.

Tigers Rays latest games

  • Tiger 5, Orioles 1: The Tigers ended the win at the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 win in Detroit on Sunday. Tarik Skubal pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and beating out 11 Orioles hitters. Detroit’s pitching was great throughout the series, allowing only three runs in the three-game set. The Orioles were shut out in the first seven innings of all three games.
  • Rays 3, Blue Jay 0: Wander Franco and Ji-Man Choi both broke out of long unsuccessful streaks in the same inning, picking up singles in the sixth inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Sunday. Jeffrey Springs threw 4 2/3 innings scoreless and the Rays bullpen dominated again to help win the series. CLICK HERE

Projected starting pitchers

  • Tigers right-hander Alex Faedo: Tampa native Alex Faedo gets his third start of the season for the Tigers Monday. He’s 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA so far in 10 innings of work. In the starts against Pittsburgh and Oakland, he went five innings each time and conceded two runs on both starts. He was the No. 18 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and comes from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him in 2021. He is 26 years old.
  • Ray’s right-hander Corey Kluber: Corey Kluber appears to be recovering after hitting eight carries and 11 hits against the Los Angeles Angels last Tuesday. Kluber has made six starts for the Rays and has been very good in four of them. He’s 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA, but in those four good starts – against Baltimore, the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota and Oakland – he pitched 21 2/3 innings and conceded just three earned runs and 11 hits , good for a 1.24 EPOCHE.

Planned Lineups

  • Lineup of the Tigers: Robbie Grossman R.F. Willi Castro LF, Javier Baez SS, Miguel Cabrera DH, Jeimer Candelario 3B, Jonathan Schoop 2B, Harold Castro 1B, Tucker Barnhart C, Derek Hill CF, Alex Faedo P.
  • Rays Lineup: Yandy Diaz 3B, Wander Franco DH, Randy Arozarena LF, Ji-Man Choi 1B, Vidal Brujan 2B, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Mike Zunino C, Taylor Walls SS, Brett Phillips RF, Corey Kluber P.


  • Brandon Lowe update: The Tampa Bay Rays’ newest starter to struggle with an injury is second baseman Brandon Lowe. He has a lower back problem that put him on the injured list. Cash said he has been struggling with back pain since the West Coast trip ended. He didn’t play on Saturday and was the DH on Sunday. isaac walls rejoins the Durham team.
  • Austin Meadows to IL: This is former standout Rays Austin Meadows’ only trip to St Petersburg after being traded during spring training, but he won’t be able to play. The Tigers put him on the 10-day injury list on Monday with dizziness. “He meant a lot to us, did a lot of special things,” Cash said of Meadows. “He was great on the plate, got better on defense and he was a great teammate.”
  • Routine by Manuel Margot: Manuel Margot was red hot in May but the Rays had to put him on the injured list on Sunday with a hamstring injury. Cash said they will cut his running for three or four days but he will still be able to do some batting practice. He can return on May 25 and Cash expects to be fine until then.
  • Wander Franco DH on Monday: The Rays are also trying to take good care of shortstop Wander Franco, who was struggling with leg pain earlier in the season. Cash knocks him off a bit on Monday and uses him as his designated hitter. Taylor Walls plays shortstop.

Watch Kevin Cash’s pre-game interview