Gausman to start Tuesday vs. Rays

Gausman to start Tuesday vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Kevin Gausman will start on Tuesday against the Rays, manager Buck Showalter said, a day after Gausman went one inning in Thursday's game, a 6-4 loss to the Tigers.

Showalter said after Thursday's game the club shortened up Gausman because they want to make sure he can do both things: pitch as a reliever or a starter.

He is expected to go around five innings on Tuesday, so clearly they are stretching him back out.

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