Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Bad memories of cold, wet weather

Rays at Rockies

When/where: 8:40 tonight; Coors Field, Denver

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

Probable pitchers:

RAYS: LH Matt Moore (5-0, 1.13)

ROCKIES: LH Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.29)

Moore better: Moore has been close to perfect, setting team records for April wins and ERA, allowing only four runs and 13 hits in 32 innings, though also 15 walks. He has never faced the Rockies.

Lined up: Francis, a former Royal, has been a mess, allowing 31 hits and 10 walks in 21 innings. He is starting on an extra day's rest. He is 0-1, 5.25 in two starts vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Francis

Yunel Escobar 1-for-6

Desmond Jennings 3-for-4

Kelly Johnson 7-for-15, HR

Evan Longoria 4-for-6, HR

Sean Rodriguez 0-for-5

ROCKIES VS. MOORE

Yorvit Torrealba 0-for-3

On deck

Saturday: at Rockies, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (1-2, 5.21); Rockies — RH Jon Garland (2-2, 4.65)

Sunday: at Rockies, 4:10, Sun Sports, Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-2, 2.55); Rockies — RH Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 3.00)

Monday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.31); Jays — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 5.28); Jays — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

It was so cold …

The Rays prepped the best they could for Thursday's brutal Kansas City weather, outfitted by equipment manager Chris Westmoreland in ski masks, Elmer Fudd caps with ear flaps, and thermal gear under their uniforms. Some went further: OF Kelly Johnson and bench coach Dave Martinez doubled up on their uniform pants. The Royals did the best they could to make it entertaining for the few fans who stuck around. The highlight: showing a fireplace on the video board and playing Let It Snow.

Chilling deja vu

For some Rays, the miserable conditions brought back a terrible memory: their 2008 World Series game in Philadelphia. "As it kept wearing on, it was eerily similar to the night in Philadelphia, the way the rain was coming down, how cold it got, the field, you could see a shine on the top of the skin of the infield," manager Joe Maddon said. "I was waiting for the rooster tail and the mud to be kicked up when someone was running. It was pretty close."

Quote of the day

"It was terrible. It was freezing. It was raining. And it was windy. I don't even know what to compare that to."

Rays CF Desmond Jennings, an Alabama native

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