Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Blue Jays preview

Today: vs. Blue Jays

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

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

Promotion: Free tickets for military

Probable pitchers

LH DREW SMYLY: (5-2, 3.11 in 2015)

RH R.A. DICKEY: (11-11, 3.91 in 2015)

On Smyly: Coming off impressive spring, showing no signs of past shoulder trouble. Limited to 12 starts last year but finished strong. Is 1-0, 1.10 in five games, two starts, vs. Jays.

On Dickey: Knuckleballer has given Rays fits at times but also has been hit hard. Base stealers can have a big day. Has a 7-8, 4.20 ERA in 22 games vs. Rays, 3-5, 4.4 1 at 12 games at Trop.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. DICKEY

Logan Forsythe 6-for-21

Kevin Kiermaier 3-for-21

Desmond Jennings 4-for-23

Evan Longoria 11-for-43, 2 HRs

JAYS VS. SMYLY

Jose Bautista 0-for-4

Josh Donaldson 5-for-8 HR

E. Encarnacion 1-for-5

Russell Martin 0-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-9, 3.35 in 2015; Jays — RH Aaron Sanchez (7-6, 3.22)

Wednesday: vs. Jays, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (3-4, 5.43); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (11-8, 3.61)

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer (0-1, 3.60); Orioles — TBA

Number of the day

12 Strikeouts by Rays starter Chris Archer, most on opening day in the majors since Seattle's Felix Hernandez had 12 in 2007.

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