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Astros look to bounce back after loss to Rays

HOUSTON - Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made his impact felt defensively in his return from the disabled list on Tuesday. There will be changes in playing time moving forward as well.

With Kiermaier, who missed 57 games with a torn ligament in his right thumb, back in the fold, Mallex Smith shifted to left field while Johnny Field claimed a reserve role. While Smith appears a likely bet to maintain regular at-bats, Field could see a decline in his. Field could potentially share time in right field with veteran Carlos Gomez, whose defense played a part in the Rays' 2-1 victory Tuesday that ended Houston's 12-game winning streak and set the stage for the rubber match of this three-game series on Wednesday night.

"Mallex is going to play a lot," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He's done a good job; I think he's deserving to play. He's probably back in the spot that benefits us the most in left or right when he goes over there at certain times. I like that he can rove to all three of (the outfield slots) and back up K.K. in center. But now it's like the infield thing: I'm just going to have to do a good job of making sure that everybody gets some consistency and also rest at the same time.

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Leaders
AVG: M. Duffy.317
HR: C. Cron16
RBI: C. Cron37
SB: M. Smith13
W: B. Snell9
ERA: B. Snell2.48
Saves: S. Romo4
K: B. Snell103
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .251 (12)
Runs: 286 (24)
Hits: 621 (11)
Home Runs: 67 (26)
Stolen Bases: 41 (10)
OBP: .320 (11)
SLG: .388 (25)
Total Bases: 959 (21)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.87 (12)
Runs Allowed: 299 (11)
Saves: 19 (10)
Strikeouts: 606 (19)
OpBA: .230 (7)
OBP: .300 (6)
SLG: .378 (7)
Run Support: 3.96 (24)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
6/19 K. Kiermaier Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
6/19 K. Kiermaier Removed From 60-Day DL (Torn ligament in right rhumb)
6/19 R. Refsnyder Designated for Assignment
6/19 D. Robertson Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation
6/17 C. Arroyo Placed on 10-Day DL (Strained left oblique)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
6/16 C. Arroyo Strained left oblique (on 10-day DL)
6/11 D. Robertson Strained left hamstring (on 10-day DL)
6/3 C. Archer Left abdominal strain (on 10-day DL)
6/3 C. Cron Right forearm contusion (day-to-day)
5/23 J. Faria Strained left oblique (on 60-day DL)
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