Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Astros Friday preview

Tonight: at Astros

8:10, Minute Maid Park, Houston

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (6-11, 4.88)

astroS: RH Mike Fiers (9-6, 4.48)

On Smyly: Is 4-0 in last five starts, all Rays victories. Is 1-2 with a 6.10 ERA in four games/two starts against Astros, all while he was with the Tigers.

On Fiers: Has alternated losses and wins in each of his last six starts — 3-3. Beat the Rays this year in only start against them (two runs in seven innings).

Key matchups

RAYS VS. FIERS

Matt Duffy 2-for-4

Logan Forsythe 1-for-6

Evan Longoria 1-for-2

Brad Miller 1-for-3, HR

Logan Morrison 3-for-7

astroS VS. SMYLY

Jose Altuve 3-for-5

George Springer 2-for-3, HR

On deck

Saturday: at Astros, 7:10 p.m. Rays — LH Blake Snell (4-6, 3.17), Astros — LH Dallas Keuchel (8-12, 4.64)

Sunday: at Astros, 2:10 p.m. Rays — RH Chris Archer, 7-17, 4.11), Astros — RH Doug Fister (12-8, 3.59)

Texas two-step

The Rays are 12-8 all-time in Houston, including 7-4 since the Astros joined the AL in 2013. The Rays took two of three from the Astros at the Trop in June.

Rays disabled list

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

• UTL Nick Franklin, concussion, eligible Saturday and targeting that day

• LF Desmond Jennings, left knee contusion, eligible Aug. 18, no target date.

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