Curtiss will serve as the opener for Saturday's game against the Phillies, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Curtiss earned the save Friday as he fired one clean inning while striking out three. Despite his ninth-inning role for the series opener, he'll serve as the opener for Saturday's contest. It's unclear who could serve as the primary pitcher during the game.
Curtiss walked one and struck out one in 1.1 scoreless innings during Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals. The right-hander was effective as Tampa's opener before giving way to Ryan Yarbrough. Curtiss has reeled off nine straight appearances without allowing an earned run, posting a 0.71 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB through 11.1 innings over that stretch with two wins and a save, but his inconsistent role in the Rays bullpen limits his fantasy utility to deeper formats.
Curtiss will serve as the opener Tuesday against the Nationals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 27-year-old will open for the second time this season, with Ryan Yarbrough following in the bulk role. Curtiss hasn't allowed an earned run over his past 10 innings and has a 1.53 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 18:2 K:BB across 17.2 frames this season.
Curtiss (3-0) was credited with the win in an extra-inning victory over the Marlins on Sunday, allowing an unearned run on one hit and recording a strikeout over one inning. Curtiss opened the top of the 10th in typically strong fashion, inducing a groundout from Starling Marte and a lineout from Jesus Aguilar with inning-opening baserunner Lewis Brinson stuck on second base. However, Matt Joyce was subsequently able to bring his teammate home with a clutch two-out single, marking it the first run, albeit unearned, on Curtiss' ledger in the last five appearances. Although the timely hit did give the Marlins a temporary 4-3 advantage, Curtiss garnered his third win of the campaign when Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe were able to bring home a pair of runs for the Rays in the home half of the frame.
Fairbanks (2-0) picked up the win in a victory over the Yankees on Wednesday, firing a pair of scoreless innings during which he allowed two hits and one walk while recording three strikeouts. The right-hander has now put together four straight scoreless efforts, a stretch during which he's logged six innings of work and yielded just three hits overall while recording six strikeouts. Curtiss has yet to allow more than one earned run in any of his eight appearances, including one start. The versatile 27-year-old is likely to continue seeing multi-inning relief assignments on occasion for the balance of the regular season.