Saturday, July 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Blue Jays Sunday preview

Today: vs. Blue Jays

1:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 1550-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $30-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Superhero cape socks to all kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (8-17, 4.10)

JAYS: LH J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.23)

On Archer: Has an MLB-most 17 losses, one shy of Tanyon Sturtze's 2002 record. Coming off win over Astros. Is 4-5, 3.05 in nine post-All-Star break starts. Is 6-4, 3.25 in 18 starts vs. Blue Jays.

On Happ: Ranks second in MLB with 17 wins. In a bit of a funk, 1-1, 5.30 in past three starts, allowing 19 hits, five homers. Is 3-3, 4.87 in 13 games vs. Rays, 1-1, 5.93 in seven at Trop.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. HAPP

Logan Forsythe 6-for-21, HR

Evan Longoria 10-for-29, HR

Logan Morrison 7-for-14

Steven Souza Jr. 5-for-12, HR

JAYS VS. ARCHER

Jose Bautista 7-for-39, 3 HRs

Josh Donaldson 3-for-24

E. Encarnacion 7-for-44, 3 HRs

Justin Smoak 6-for-24, HR

Good deed of the day

The Rays Wives today will host their annual drive for pet food (Science Diet) and supplies, as well as silent auction of memorabilia from Rays and other big-leaguers, including Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, with proceeds benefitting the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. The items are also available for bidding online at raysbaseball.com/auction through 3 p.m.

On deck

Monday: vs. Orioles, 1:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (6-6, 4.19); Orioles — RH Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.46)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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