Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Astros Saturday preview

Today: vs. Astros

4:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $26-300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Star Wars Night. Chris Archer Storm Trooper Bobblehead to all fans.

PROBABLE PITCHERS

rays: RH Chris Archer (4-7, 4.73)

astros: RH Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.00)

On Archer: Has a 152/3 consecutive scoreless innings against the Astros, including his complete-game one-hitter in August. Two of his three career complete games are against Astros.

On Fiers: Makes his first career start against the Rays. Has walked two or fewer batters in 12 straight starts. His 1.61 walks per nine innings is second best in AL.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. FIERS

Hank Conger 3-for-11

Corey Dickerson 1-for-6

Evan Longoria 4-for-13

Steve Pearce 0-for-3

Steven Souza Jr. 1-for-3

ASTROS VS. ARCHER

Jose Altuve 3-13

Jason Castro 1-for-11

Carlos Correa 0-for-3

Marwin Gonzalez 1-for-4

Colby Rasmus 5-for-17

On deck

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)

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

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

Roger Mooney, Times correspondent

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