Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Astros' Keuchel drops majors-high ninth game

Today: off

Up next: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field. Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.47); Mariners — RH Taijuan Walker (2-6, 3.94)

Cy slump

Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel, the defending AL Cy Young Award winner, has already lost more games than all of last season. And with Sunday's 5-0 defeat to the Rays, he became the first major-league pitcher to drop nine games this season. But even though Houston botched two potential double plays in a five-run fifth inning and managed just two hits, Keuchel wasn't going to blame his misfortune. "I don't believe in bad luck," he said. "That's just the way it's going, so I'll stick with it and would like for it to turn around. If anybody's got any ideas, that'd be great."

On deck

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 — LH Blake Snell (0-0, 1.80); Mariners — RH Hisashi Iwakuma (4-5, 4.13)

Friday: vs. Giants, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-8, 4.61); Giants — RH Jeff Samardzija (7-4, 3.36)

Saturday: vs. Giants, 4:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (3-4, 5.05); Giants — RH Jake Peavy (2-6, 6.41)

Sunday: vs. Giants, 1:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.47); Giants — RH Matt Cain (1-5, 5.20)

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

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

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

Roger Mooney, Times correspondent

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