Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Anniversary of perfect King Felix; anniversary of Cobb hit in head

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 3.01)

MARINERS: LH Joe Saunders (10-11, 4.69)

On Cobb: Comes off the DL to make first start since June 15, when he was hit in head by line drive. Made two rehab starts (and one two-pitch outing) for Class A Charlotte. Is 1-2, 3.52 vs. Mariners.

On Saunders: Veteran lefty has lost three of past four starts, allowing 33 hits and eight walks in 20 innings. Overall has allowed a .300 average and .846 OPS. Is 0-2, 7.59 vs. Rays, facing them last in 2008.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SAUNDERS

Yunel Escobar 4-for-9

James Loney 8-for-27, 2 HRs

Jose Molina 2-for-11

MARINERS VS. COBB

Dustin Ackley 2-for-8, HR

Raul Ibanez 1-for-6

Kendry Morales 2-for-5

On deck

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.93); Blue Jays — RH R. A. Dickey (9-11, 4.46)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-12, 4.95); Blue Jays — LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 5.11)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-5, 3.10); Blue Jays — RH Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.62)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Perfect anniversary

Today is the one-year anniversary of Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez's perfect game in Seattle against the Rays. "That day was perfect," Hernandez said. "I'm not going to forget that day." Six of the Rays in the lineup that day are still around, including INF Sean Rodriguez, who struck out for the final out. Hernandez's next start is Saturday, but he was amused by the thought of pitching on the anniversary against the same team: "That'd be great, but I'm not pitching (today)."

Not-so-perfect anniversary

Today is the two-month anniversary of Rays RHP Alex Cobb being hit in the head by a line drive by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer, leading to a two-month absence. As horrific as the scene was, Cobb said he has watched video of it "many times" with no issues. "The more I see it does not make me more skittish," he said. "It's just, I'm fine, I might as well watch it and see how it was."

Good call of the day

Umpires Jordan Baker, Wally Bell and Marvin Hudson visited All Children's Hospital on Wednesday, delivering Build-A-Bears through the UMPS CARE charities.

 
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