Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: A night of rocking

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 6:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (5-5, 3.75)

RED SOX: LH Felix Doubront (7-4, 3.78)

On Price: Threw a 97-pitch complete game to beat the Sox on Wednesday. Starts tonight's makeup game of Thursday rainout on regular rest. Is 9-5, 3.09 vs. Sox overall, 5-1, 1.96 at Fenway. Since coming off DL is 4-1, 1.76.

On Doubront: Lost to Price on Wednesday, ending his three-game winning streak. Is 0-1, 2.29 in three games vs. Rays this season, 2-2, 3.20 in 10 overall.

Key matchups

Rays VS. DOUBRONT

Yunel Escobar 4-for-18

Evan Longoria 4-for-14

Luke Scott 4-for-13, 2 HRs

RED SOX VS. PRICE

Jacoby Ellsbury 7-for-31, HR

Mike Napoli 8-for-24, 2 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 12-for-39, HR

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (5-11, 4.92); D'backs — RH Ian Kennedy (3-7, 5.22)

Wednesday: vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-3, 4.48); D'backs — LH Wade Miley (7-8, 3.86)

Thursday: Off

Rocked by 'Rock of Ages'

Jeremy Hellickson, Kelly Johnson, Evan Longoria, Cesar Ramos and radio man Dave Wills were among the Rays taking in the Broadway production of Rock of Ages on Saturday night. "I've seen it twice now; it's awesome," Johnson said. "It's funny, and the songs are great, especially if you like '80s rock, but even if you don't."

If there's a Wil

In his first 33 games, Rays rookie OF Wil Myers has compiled impressive numbers: 22 hits, 7 homers, 26 RBIs. Going back to 1916, only seven other players have done as much in that time span:

Jeff Francoeur, 2005 Braves

Albert Pujols, 2001 Cards

Willie McCovey, 1959 Giants

Wally Joyner, 1986 Angels

Mitchell Page, 1977 A's

Buzz Arlett, 1931 Phillies

Mandy Brooks, 1925 Cubs

Numbers of the day

216/34/127

Hits, homers and RBIs Wil Myers would have over a full season based on his first 33 major-league games

 
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