Tampa Bay Rays

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Chris Archer left the Sept. 2 game against the Chicago White Sox be­cause of tight­ness in his right fore­arm af­ter throw­ing eight pitches. He gave up back-to-back homers to the two bat­ters he faced.

Archer said he be­gan to feel tight­ness on the out­side of his fore­arm while warm­ing up in the bullpen. The team said the move was pre­cau­tion­ary.

“We feel stuff all through­out the year — ev­ery player, pitch­ers and po­si­tion play­ers,” Archer said. “I thought af­ter I warmed up in the game it would just be gone, but it didn’t, and ev­ery time I tried to get to full ex­ten­sion I just couldn’t get there.”

It was the first time in at least 100 years a start­ing pitcher had only com­pleted two at-bats and al­lowed homers to both hit­ters. Archer, who had reg­is­tered a qual­ity start in seven of his pre­vi­ous nine, be­came the third Rays pitcher to al­low back-to-back homers to start a game, join­ing Alex Cobb on May 23 and Vic­tor Zam­brano on April 6, 2003.

The Rays en­tered the week with 24 games re­main­ing — all against teams within 21⁄ games of 2 a post­sea­son spot. Of those, 22 will be against teams ahead of them in the AL East or wild-card stand­ings. Start­ing this week, their next 14 games are against teams cur­rently hold­ing a post­sea­son spot.

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