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Chris Archer gets work after Rays-Orioles game is rained out

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And some days it rains.

The Tampa Bay Rays were off to a good start Saturday. Starting pitcher Chris Archer had retired the first two batters of the Baltimore Orioles. And then it rained.

Archer spent the rest of the day under cover, simulating a game by throwing to Curt Casali with Steven Souzi standing in as the hitter.

Archer felt good about Saturday’s results.

“The effort and the intensity was the exact same,” Archer said. “And I made sure that I stepped on it a little bit, and mentally put myself in certain situations that I’m going to have during the regular season.”

“He threw the ball really well,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Archer is scheduled to pitch seven innings in his next start.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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