Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Botched spelling nothing new to Bourgeois

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (7-2, 2.94)

ORIOLES: RH Miguel Gonzalez (8-5, 3.84)

On Cobb: Worked five innings and got win vs. M's Thursday, his first start since being hit in the head by a line drive June 15. Is 1-0, 2.31 in two starts vs. O's, had no-decision at Camden Yards in 2012.

On Gonzalez: In his past four starts is 0-2, 6.33. Tends to give Rays fits; O's have won past five games he has started vs. them, 5-1 overall. He is 2-1, 3.97 in the six starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GONZALEZ

Matt Joyce 2-for-13

Evan Longoria 4-for-11, HR

Ben Zobrist 0-for-13

ORIOLES VS. COBB

J.J. Hardy 2-for-6

Adam Jones 1-for-6

Matt Wieters 2-for-5, HR

On deck

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.91); Orioles — LH Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.23)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — LH CC Sabathia (11-10, 4.83)

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL East standings

Team W-L Win% GB

Red Sox 73-53 .579—*

Rays 71-52 .577 .5

Orioles 67-57 .540 5

Yankees 64-59 .520 7.5

Blue Jays 57-67 .460 15

Name game

Jason Bourgeois is used to his name being misspelled, so he didn't find it as big a deal as reporters did to see it badly mangled in the Camden Yards clubhouse Monday. "It's my first time here, so I guess I have to introduce myself," Bourgeois said. He said he has seen versions with a Z and two S's, but the usual issue is "over-voweling." "After the 'G' the vowels start coming from out of nowhere," he said.

Road warrior

RHP Alex Cobb is excited to be pitching again, and talking primarily about pitching, having missed two months after being hit in the head by a line drive. And he apparently was overexcited to be back on the road for the first time. "I was a mess on the plane," he said. "I left my carry-on luggage on the plane, just forgot the whole process." As for the bag? He realized it when he got to the bus, and the players had to wait for him to retrieve it.

AL wild card

Team W-L Win% GB

Rays 71-52 .577

A's 70-53 .569—*

Orioles 67-57 .540 3.5

Indians 66-58 .532 4.5*

Yankees 64-59 .520 6

* Late game not included

 
Comments
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

In a way, the timing of RHP Jake Faria's oblique injury seemed manageable in that RHP Nathan Eovaldi is close to coming off the disabled list and can step in. But on the other hand, the Rays finally could have four regular starters. Imagine that.Ther...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays’ Jake Faria may be out until August, Vidal Nuno called up

Rays’ Jake Faria may be out until August, Vidal Nuno called up

UPDATE, 5:32: Faria is looking at at extended absence, potentially into August. Cash said an estimate of 6-8 weeks was on the optimistic side. "From what we found out he got it pretty good," Cash said.  "So it could be a little bit longer than t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Archer facing Price

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Archer facing Price

UPDATE, 5:18: Ramos' bruised left thumb is feeling better and though he's not in the lineup Cash said he is available for emergency duty. … OF Carlos Gomez was set to run the bases today as the next test of his strained groin. … Cash said...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays morning after: Faria frustrated after latest letdown

Rays morning after: Faria frustrated after latest letdown

Whatever pain RHP Jake Faria was feeling as a result of the oblique muscle on the left side he strained throwing a fourth-inning slider to Boston's Hanley Ramirez couldn't compare to the hurt in his heart.Forced to leave Tuesday's game and likely hea...
Published: 05/23/18
Willy Adames homers, but Rays fall to Red Sox and suffer injuries

Willy Adames homers, but Rays fall to Red Sox and suffer injuries

ST. PETERSBURG — Top prospect Willy Adames is only going to get to stay with the Rays for a few days, so good for him for making the most of it with a home run in his first big-league game, and off Red Sox ace Chris Sale no less.But the good fe...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays loss to Red Sox

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays loss to Red Sox

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 4-2 loss to Red Sox on Tuesday:* The Rays record against a Red Sox team they consider a measuring stick doesn't look very good at 3-8. But, as manager Kevin Cash and several players pointed out, there is some consola...
Published: 05/22/18
Rays journal: Critics don’t faze Sergio Romo or team

Rays journal: Critics don’t faze Sergio Romo or team

ST. PETERSBURG — Criticisms of the Rays' latest innovative pitching strategy have piled up since Angels INF Zack Cosart said after Sunday's game that starting RHP Sergio Romo to get the first three-six outs was "bad for baseball.''One of the lo...
Published: 05/22/18
For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Faria on the mound

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Faria on the mound

UPDATE, 6:04: Cash said the Rays don't know yet if Wendle will be  back Thursday or Friday, though with the Sox starting RHP Rick Porcello on Thursday that would make sense. …  Cash said OF Carlos Gomez (groin strain) will run the bas...
Published: 05/22/18
Rays call up top prospect Willy Adames – but only for a couple days

Rays call up top prospect Willy Adames – but only for a couple days

The Rays have called up top prospect INF Willy Adames – though likely for a short stay.INF Joey Wendle was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, which allows him to miss up to three days.Manager Kevin Cash said Adames is headed back to Triple-A...
Published: 05/22/18
Rays journal: Christian Arroyo set to play first game at Tropicana Field

Rays journal: Christian Arroyo set to play first game at Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG  — Christian Arroyo has watched more than 50 Rays games at Tropicana Field from the stands. Has been on the turf for his younger sister's gymnastics competitions and once, while it was in football configuration, to take grou...
Published: 05/21/18