Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Astros Friday preview

Tonight: vs. Astros

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $15-275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

Promotion: $15 for students 18 and over with ID

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Matt Andriese (4-0, 2.52)

astroS: RH Lance McCullers (3-1, 4.23)

On Andriese: Rays most consistent starter since Mother's Day callup. Coming off win over Twins while working season-low five innings, allowing eight hits. Took a relief loss vs. Astros in July.

On McCullers: Tampa native/Jesuit High product makes sixth start after opening year on DL with shoulder issue, is 3-0, 3.18 in past three starts. Lost to Rays in Trop debut in July, allowing four runs in six innings.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. MCCULLERS

Evan Longoria 0-for-3

Brad Miller 0-for-4

Logan Morrison 1-for-7

Steve Pearce 0-for-3

astros VS. andriese

Jose Altuve 1-for-1

Carlos Correa 1-for-1

Marwin Gonzalez 0-for-1

Luis Valbuena 1-for-1

Homefield disadvantage?

Rays at home: .217 avg., .284 OBP, .384 SLG, .668 OPS, 3.27 RPG

Rays on road: .258 avg., .331 OBP, .472 SLG, .803 OPS, 4.94 RPG

Quote of the day

"It wasn't a very fun series in Kansas City, we found every way to lose. And then the last six ball games, we found a lot of ways to win."

— Rays manager Kevin Cash, summing up the 5-5 road trip.

Numbers of the day

88 Homers by Rays, first in majors.

53.9 Percent of Rays runs scored on homers, second most in majors behind Mets.

55 Solo homers by Rays, 62.5 percent of total.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-7, 4.73); Astros — RH Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.00)

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (2-4, 5.56); Astros — LH Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 5.44)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.47); Mariners — RH Taijuan Walker (2-6, 3.94)

Wednesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.94); Mariners — RH Nathan Karns (5-2, 4.23)

Thursday: vs. Mariners, 1:10, Rays — RH Matt Andriese (4-0, 2.52); Mariners — RH Hisashi Iwakuma (4-5, 4.13)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, left oblique strain, eligible June 16, out 1-2 months.

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

• 2B Logan Forsythe, left shoulder fracture, eligible May 25, targeting this weekend.

• OF Brandon Guyer, left hamstring strain, eligible June 19, targeting late June.

• OF Kevin Kiermaier, left hand fracture, eligible June 6, targeting early August.

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

• RHP Ryan Webb, right pectoralis strain, eligible June 12, targeting mid June.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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