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Series preview: Mets at Rays

NEW YORK METS (58-50, first place/NL East) at TAMPA BAY RAYS (54-55, fourth place/AL East)

Friday: RHP Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.09) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-6, 2.66), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Noah Syndergaard (6-5, 2.66) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (6-5, 3.37), 6:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-10, 4.72) vs. RHP Chris Archer (10-8, 2.52), 1:10 p.m. ET

RAYS SHORT HOPS

  • The Rays claimed outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava off waivers Wednesday from the Boston Red Sox. He hit .152 (10-for-66) before being designated for assignment July 28 by Boston. The Rays needed a veteran bat after trading David DeJesus to the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera extended his hitting streak to nine games Wednesday. He is hitting .500 (17-for-34) during that stretch. However, Cabrera was struck on the side of the head when a 10th-inning throw glanced off his glove Wednesday. Cabrera suffered a bruise, but not a concussion.

  • All-Star Chris Archer's 2.54 ERA ranks fifth in the American League. He limited the Chicago White Sox to two runs in seven innings Tuesday to earn his first win since June 23. He had been 0-4 in his previous six starts -- despite retiring the first 19 batters against the Detroit Tigers on July 29. That performance marked the longest perfect-game bid in Rays history, surpassing the 18 straight retired by Matt Garza on April 30, 2009. The Rays are using a four-man rotation because of days off, so the Mets will see Archer in the series finale. Matt Moore (1-3, 8.78 ERA), who has struggled in six starts since returning from Tommy John surgery, was demoted to Triple-A Durham.

  • Evan Longoria has reached base safely in 13 straight games.

  • Grady Sizemore signed with the Rays on June 15, two weeks after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies. He was recalled Saturday for his second stint with Tampa Bay.

  • Outfielder Steven Souza suffered a fractured left hand Saturday after getting hit by a pitch from Boston's Joe Kelly.

  • The Rays have used a franchise-record 17 rookies.

  • Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has 12 assists. That's the most by a Rays outfielder since Melvin Upton Jr. had 16 in 2008. Kiermaier also has a league-leading 11 triples.

  • Kevin Cash succeeded Joe Maddon as Rays manager. At 37, Cash is the youngest manager in the majors since A.J. Hinch in 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks (34). Cash also is the youngest active manager/head coach in the four major sports, ahead of runner-up Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics (38).

  • The Rays have scored four or more runs in six straight games.