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    December 4, 2022 6:19 AM EST

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Drew Rasmu sen has been so good for so long for the Tampa Bay Rays since coming over from Milwaukee last year that it just seems out of character when he struggles.During his last start in Texas on Monday, the 26-year-old right-hander walked the first three hitters he faced. He had never done that before in his career, and he was the first true Rays starter since Scott Kazmir in 2009 to start a game that way.Rasmu sen wound up giving up five runs in three innings and took the Julio Jones Jersey lo s in the 9-5 beatdown by the Rangers. It was his first lo s after a 5-0 stretch that included seven straight team wins.He's back on the mound Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field when the Rays take on the Chicago White Sox in the second game of their three-game series.Rasmu sen has allowed eight runs in his last two starts he beat Miami 5-4 on May 25 despite giving up three runs in five innings and that was after allowing just three runs total in his previous five combined starts, covering 26 2/3 innings with a 1.01 ERA.Scroll to ContinueRasmu sen pitched against the White Sox on April 15, taking the lo s after allowing three runs in five innings. The Rays lost 3-2. The White Sox had beaten Shane McClanahan a day earlier.Here's an interesting nugget on McClanahan and Rasmu sen. Since those back-to-back lo ses to the White Sox, the Rays are a combined 14-2 in their 16 starts since then. The Rays, who have won three straight games and are 10 games over .500 for the Kaleb McGary Jersey first time all season, would love to add to that total.Here's how to watch Saturday's game, with TV information and starting lineups and more.How to watch White Sox at RaysWho: Chicago White Sox (23-27) at Tampa Bay Rays (31-21)When: 4:10 p.m. ET, Saturday, June 4Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. TV: Bally Sports SunStream: Announcers: Dewayne Staats (play-by-play), Brian Anderson (color commentary) and Tricia Whitaker (reporter).Radio: WDAE 95.3 FM, SiriusXM Channel 177Announcers: Andy Freed and Dave Wills.Latest line: The Rays are favored at minus-126 on the money line according to the website opening line as of Friday afternoon. The White Sox are plus-108. The over/under is 7.Projected starting pitchersWhite Sox right-hander Dylan Cease: Dylan Cease has pitched well for the White Sox much of the season, hovering among the league leaders in strikeouts all season. Cease is 4-2 Michael Vick T Shirts on the season and the White Sox are 7-3 in his starts. He's been either really good only five earned runs in 41 1/3 innings in the seven wins, a 1.09 ERA or really bad. In the three lo ses, he's allowed 17 earned runs in just 14 innings, a 10.93 ERA. Here's an amazing stat. The Rays' lineup today is just 1-for-21 all-time against Cease.Rays right-hander Drew Rasmu sen: Drew Rasmu sen has struggled a bit after a red-hot run of just three earned runs in five games, good for a 1.01 ERA. For the year, he's 5-2 with a 3.47 earned run average.Projected lineupsWhite Sox lineup:Leury Garcia 2B,Andrew Vaughn LF, Yoan Moncada 3B, Jose Abreu 1B, Luis Robert CF, Gavin Sheets RF, Yasmani Grandal DH, Danny Mendick SS, Reese McGuire C, Dylan Cease P.Rays lineup: Kevin Kiermaier A.J. Terrell Jr. Jersey CF, Manuel Margot DH, Yandy Diaz 3B, Ji-Man Choi 1B, Randy Arozarena LF, Vidal Brujan SS, Brett Phillips RF, Isaac Paredes 2B, Mike Zunino C, Drew Rasmu sen P.Newsy nuggetsNo. 1 Choi heating up: Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi recorded a season-high-tying three RBIs in Friday's win over the White Sox. He's hit safely in four-straight games, batting .308 (4-for-13) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. He's been good in the clutch, too, batting .361 (13-for-36) with runners in scoring position. His .333 batting average (21-for-63) ranks 10th in the American League.No. 2 Top pitching: Since May 11,Rays Kyle Pitts Jersey pitchers have posted a 2.50 ERA in their last 21 games, and that's the best mark in the majors over that stretch. Rays starters have a 2.36 ERA since then, and have allowed two runs or fewer in 20 of those games.No. 3 Lengthy injured list: With J.P Feyereisen going to the injured list on Friday, theRays currently have 11 pitchers on the injured list. The pitchers on this list alone would make a great staff. There might be help on the way soon, though. Andrew Kittredge (low back tightne s) pitched an inning for Durham on Friday, throwing 18 pitches and allowing one hit. He had a strikeout as well.No. 4 Streaking Rays: The Rayshave won three straight games after Friday's win, the longest winning streak since they won six in a row from May 2-7 to start their West Coast trip.