Rays: Ruggiano returns to Texas
Justin Ruggiano, who played in college for Texas A&M, on Friday played in his first Major League game in Texas since 2008 in Arlington.
After missing five games with a sprained elbow he suffered on June 17 against the Dodgers, Hunter Pence returned to the Astros' lineup Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Pence, who hit third, said prior to the game was was excited to get back in there. So, too, was his manager. "Hunter swung the bat well during batting practice on Wednesday up in Arlington," Astros skipper Brad Mills said Friday. "He came in and did a little work [Thursday], and today he says he feels good. Obviously, we're thrilled to get him back into the lineup." Matt Downs has reached base safely in nine of his past 12 pinch-hit appearances and is hitting .389 (7-for-18) on the season in that role. Worth noting
Saturday will be Davis' 50th career start. The 25-year-old right-hander is 20-17 with a 4.17 in his career. Tampa Bay pitchers are 0-for-18 with 13 strikeouts at the plate this season. The Rays are 24-16 on the road this season, winning eight of their last 11.