Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Bautista "comfortable" against Rodney, Maddon upbeat on bullpen

Today: Off

Next game: 7:10 p.m. Friday, vs. Yankees, Tropicana Field

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 5.24)

YANKEES: RH David Phelps (2-2, 3.83)

On deck

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (8-0, 2.29); Yankees — Vidal Nuno (1-0, 0.00)

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (5-2, 2.73); Yankees — CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43)

Monday: vs. Marlins, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.40); Marlins — Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.31)

Tuesday: vs. Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.37); Marlins — Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.30)

Rays disabled list

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

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

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

LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I will not lose my optimism."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on the bullpen struggles

Cryptic comment of the day

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, right, implied he knows something about Fernando Rodney the others don't, as he improved to 4-for-7 against him. "I think I have a different approach than everybody else," Bautista said. "I feel pretty comfortable at the plate when he's on the mound. That's pretty much all I can say about that."

Coming attraction

RHP Jose Fernandez, the 20-year-old rookie from Tampa's Alonso High, is scheduled to start for the Marlins on Monday at the Trop.

   
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