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Rays-Angels Friday preview

Familiar faces

Angels 3B Yunel Escobar (above) was the Rays shortstop in 2013-14. OF Shane Robinson is a Tampa Jesuit product. OF Daniel Nava, who played part of last season with the Rays, is close to coming off the Angels' disabled list.

Numbers of the day

100 Starts, after tonight, for RHP Chris Archer with the Rays, joining James Shields (217), David Price (170), Scott Kazmir (144) and Jeremy Hellickson (108) as the only ones in triple digits.

4 Pitchers in MLB modern history to finish April with 43 strikeouts and an ERA over 5.00 — Archer (43, 5.01) and Price (46, 5.76, for Boston) this year, Randy Johnson (48, 6.12) in 1998 and Nolan Ryan (51, 5.12) in 1974.

81.4 Percent of Archer's strikeouts that have been swinging (35 of 43).

55.8 Percent of Archer's strikeouts that have been on sliders (MLB most 24 of 43).

Tonight: at Angels

10:05, Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

Radio: 620-AM (no TV)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (1-4, 5.01)

Angels: RH Cory Rasmus (0-1, 4.40)

On Archer: Is 1-0, 1.42 in past two outings after an 0-4, 7.32 start. Has allowed one or no runs in three of five starts vs. Angels, including a 15-K performance last year. Is 4-1, 2.97 overall vs. Angels.

On Rasmus: The usual reliever made six late-season starts in 2014 and one last season, allowing two runs over three innings against Dodgers on Aug. 2.

Key matchup

Rays vs. RASMUS

Evan Longoria 0-for-3

Brad Miller 1-for-2

Logan Morrison 1-for-3

Steve Pearce 1-for-3

Angels vs. Archer

Kole Calhoun 2-for-10

Yunel Escobar 3-for-3

Albert Pujols 4-for-10 HR

Mike Trout 4-for-13

On deck

Saturday: at Angels, 9:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.12); Angels — RH Jered Weaver (3-1, 5.40)

Sunday: at Angels, 3:35. Rays — TBD; Angels — RH Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.42)

Monday: at Mariners, 10:10. Rays — TBA; Mariners — TBA

Tuesday: at Mariners, 10:10. Rays — TBA; Mariners — TBA

Wednesday: at Mariners, 3:40. Rays — TBA; Mariners — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 18, targeting mid May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Angels Friday preview 05/05/16 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2016 10:09pm]
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