Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Tonight: vs. Blue Jays

6:10, Tropicana Field

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

Ticket: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time

Promotion: All fans will receive a Chris Archer K-Counter bobblehead

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (1-4, 5.47)

Jays: LH J.A. Happ (3-0, 2.42)

On Archer: Coming off his first win of the season, in which he struck out 10 on the way to a 2-0 victory against Baltimore on Monday. As of Friday, Archer was fourth in the majors this season with 39 strikeouts.

On Happ: He earned the victory in his previous start on April 23, giving up seven hits and three runs in a 9-3 win against Oakland.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Happ

Logan Forsythe2-for-16

Steven Souza Jr.3-for-6, 1 HR

Evan Longoria8-for-21

Steve Pearce8-for-22, 3 HRs

Jays vs. Archer

Jose Bautista5-for-34, 1 HR

Josh Donaldson3-for-20

E. Encarnacion6-for-39, 3 HRs

Kevin Pillar6-for-22

Helping Hand

RF Steven Souza Jr. served as the host for the Buses for Baseball program before Friday's game, a day when kids from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in the bay area made a trip to Tropicana Field and had the opportunity to meet Rays players. Souza said the organization contacted him during the offseason about getting involved, and he jumped at the chance. "Anytime we can get an organization like that out here, especially one that has a lot of youth, just to maybe make their year or their day … it's awesome," he said.

Doctors honored

The Rays will present 20-year service awards today to team doctors James Andrews, Koco Eaton and Michael Reilly, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitches.

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