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Rays-Athletics Friday preview

Tonight: vs. A's

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

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

Promotion: $15 lower-level tickets for students

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.10)

A'S: LH Rich Hill (4-3, 2.39)

On Odorizzi: Received fifth straight no-decision Saturday vs. Angels, allowing two runs over six innings. Has allowed two or fewer runs in five of seven starts. Is 0-1, 4.22 in two games vs. A's.

On Hill: Enjoying career renaissance as a starter. Has been much better on road, 4-0, 1.09 with a .165 opponents' average compared to 0-3, 4.85, .275 at home. Is 1-0, 4.97 in 10 games (one start) vs. Rays.

Key matchups


Logan Forsythe 0-for-3

Brandon Guyer 0-for-3

Evan Longoria 0-for-4

Steve Pearce 2-for-8


Billy Butler 2-for-8

Chris Coghlan 2-for-6

Josh Reddick 0-for-5

Danny Valencia 1-for-6

Triskaidekaphobia alert

Tonight the Rays will play on Friday the 13th for what looks to be the 17th time in team history, having gone 9-7 thus far.

Familiar faces

C Stephen Vogt (above) was a longtime Rays minor-leaguer who took advantage of his shot with Oakland and became an All-Star. A's INF Chris Coghlan is a former East Lake High star. Injured A's OF Sam Fuld and head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta are former Rays.

On deck

Saturday: vs. A's, 6:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (1-0, 1.29); A's — RH Kendall Graveman (1-4, 5.74)

Sunday: vs. A's, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (1-3, 4.83); A's — RH Sonny Gray (3-4, 6.00)

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (1-4, 3.63); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (5-0, 2.05)

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-4, 4.57); Jays — RH Marcus Stroman (4-0, 3.54)

Wednesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.10); Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (1-4, 5.18)

Thursday: Off

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 18, targeting late May

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

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Athletics Friday preview 05/12/16 [Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2016 12:25am]
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