Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Blue Jays preview

Today: vs. Blue Jays

1:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

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

Promotion: $2 hot dogs, fountain drinks

Probable pitchers

LH MATT MOORE

3-4, 5.43 in 2015

LH J.A. HAPP

11-8, 3.61

On Moore: Coming off impressive spring, building off solid September return from Tommy John surgery. Is 5-2, 3.04 in 9 starts vs. Jays.

On Happ: Got 3 years, $36 million to rejoin Jays after 11-8, 3.61 season with Pirates/Mariners. Missed chunk of '13 season after being hit by line drive at Trop. Is 2-2, 4.50 in 9 games vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. HAPP

Brandon Guyer 1-for-9

Evan Longoria 7-for-18

Logan Morrison 7-for-14

Steve Pearce 7-for-19, 3 HRs

JAYS VS. MOORE

Jose Bautista 3-for-10, HR

Josh Donaldson 2-for-6

E. Encarnacion 4-for-15, HR

Russell Martin 3-for-7, 2 HRs

On deck

Thursday: Off

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

Saturday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.75); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (0-0, 0.00)

Key prospect assignments

Triple-A Durham

P Matt Andriese, Jamie Schultz, Blake Snell; INF Daniel Robertson, Taylor Motter, Richie Shaffer; OFs Mikie Mahtook, Dayron Varona

Double-A Montgomery

P Jacob Faria, Taylor Guerrieri, Chih-Wei Hu, Ryne Stanek; INF Willy Adames, Casey Gillaspie, Jake Hager, Kean Wong; OF Jake Bauers

Advanced A Charlotte

P Brent Honeywell, Brandon Koch; C Nick Ciuffo, INF Riley Unroe, Andrew Velazquez; OF Thomas Milone, Justin Williams

Complete minor-league rosters are on the Heater blog, tampabay.com/blogs/rays

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