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Chris Archer’s Struggles Continue

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Tampa Bay Rays’ RHP Chris Archer’ s struggles continued on Thursday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field as he dropped to 0-3 on the season with a 5.87 ERA with the Rays’ 6-0 loss.

Archer seemed to be doing well until the fifth inning when the young Francisco Lindor hit a RBI single on a ground ball to send home Roberto Perez.

In the top of the sixth, Marlon Byrd hit a two run homerun on a fly ball to left center field for a 3-0 Cleveland lead before Archer was replaced by Steve Geltz.

The twenty-seven year old hasn’t won a game since August 31, 2015, a drought that not a single team wishes their Ace to endure. Not only that drought but Archer also hasn’t worked more than five innings in his last five starts; he went five and one-third against the Indians. In this start he allowed three runs on seven hits; striking out six batters on 105 pitches.

On the other side, the Indians’ Danny Salazar pitched six innings allowing 3 hits and struck out an impressive nine batters on his way to a 2-0 record this season.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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