Friday, January 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Big day for DeJesus family

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:07 tonight; Ballpark in Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: TBS; 620-AM, 95.3 FM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (9-8, 3.39)

RANGERS: LH Martin Perez (10-5, 3.55)

On Price: Worked seven solid innings Wednesday to beat Yankees, ending a five-start winless streak in which he had 4.05 ERA. April 2012 win is his only one in 11 regular- and postseason starts vs. Rangers.

On Perez: Hard-throwing 22-year-old joined rotation for good in late June. Has allowed 125 hits in 119 innings. Has faced Rays once, a five-inning relief appearance in September 2012.

Key matchups

Rays VS. PEREZ

Matt Joyce 1-for-2

Evan Longoria 1-for-2

Jose Molina 0-for-2

Ben Zobrist 0-for-2

RaNGERS VS. PRICE*

Elvis Andrus 11-for-27

Adrian Beltre 9-for-26, HR

Ian Kinsler 6-for-27, HR

Alex Rios 10-for-23, 2 HRs

* includes postseason

On deck

Wednesday: AL wild-card game, Rays or Rangers at Indians, 8:07 p.m.

Friday: Game 1 of AL Division Series, Rays or Rangers or Indians at Red Sox, TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Just call it DeJesus Day

Sunday was quite the day for the DeJesus family. David was playing in Game 162 for the Rays for the chance to keep alive the hope of making the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year career. And his wife, Kim, was hosting friends at their home in Chicago for the Sunday night premiere of CBS's The Amazing Race, in which she is competing this season. "Does it get any better than this?" David DeJesus said. "DeJesus household is on fire today."

Been there, done that

Four Rays have been involved in previous one-game tiebreakers:

DH/OF Delmon Young

Played for 2008 Twins, lost to White Sox, was 0-for-3

Played for 2009 Twins, beat Tigers, was 1-for-5

RHP Jesse Crain

Member of 2008 Twins, lost to White Sox, did not pitch

Pitched for 2009 Twins, beat Tigers, worked 11/3 innings

Manager Joe Maddon

First-base coach for 1995 Angels, lost to Mariners

Senior adviser Don Zimmer

Managed 1978 Red Sox, lost to Yankees

Stat of the day

1-7, 5.57

David Price's regular- and postseason stats vs. Texas

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