Lefty Shane McClanahan earned rave reviews for his four-inning outing Thursday in his first start and regular-season appearance for the Rays. He allowed two runs on five hits, striking out five, throwing 42 of 59 pitches for strikes.
McClanahan figures he should be better when he takes the mound Tuesday in Anaheim.
“I definitely learned from (Thursday),” he said. “I talked a lot with (pitchers Michael) Wacha (Rich) Hill, (Ryan Yarbrough). I’m in a good spot. I talked with (pitching coach Kyle Snyder) a lot. A lot to work on and a lot of positive things going from that start. So I’m excited to get the ball (Tuesday).”
Rays manager Kevin Cash said there’s no specific adjustments McClanahan needs to make.
“Not really, and that’s a compliment,” Cash said. “We want to always find ways to improve and continue to make progress moving forward. And he will over time. I don’t know after four innings if it would be wise of us to really pinpoint anything.
“Not that we have anything, but that’s just not how we operate. We’re going to work really hard to continue to get him acclimated and as comfortable as possible. … But coming off his last start, I don’t think there’s too much that we can say: ‘Just go out there and fill up the strike again, and your stuff is really, really good.’ ”
Cash said they aren’t planning to push McClanahan, 24, beyond…