Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Bucs' McCoy visits; Price digs Astro bobblehead

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:08 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (3-0, 1.00)

Yankees: LH CC Sabathia (3-1, 2.57)

Leaning left: Moore has held right-handed hitters to a .100 average (4-for-40), best vs. righties among major-league starters. He is 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.

Ace in hole: Sabathia has won his past three starts, going eight innings in each of his past two. He is 10-9 with a 3.19 ERA in 29 career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sabathia

Evan Longoria 14-for-39, 5 HRs

Jose Molina 0-for-16

Sean Rodriguez 9-for-28, HR

Yankees vs. Moore

Robinson Cano 2-for-6

Vernon Wells 1-for-6

Ichiro Suzuki 2-for-7

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (0-1, 6.26); Yankees — Phil Hughes (0-2, 6.43)

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-1, 2.53); Yankees — Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.01)

Thursday: at White Sox, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 3.55); White Sox — Jake Peavy (2-1, 3.20)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Guest of the day

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy surprised his two kids, Nevaeh, 7, and Marcellus, 11, by taking them to their first Rays game Sunday. McCoy, along with his fiancee, Ebony, said it was a thrill to meet the likes of manager Joe Maddon and Cy Young winner David Price while touring the clubhouse. "I met David Price, and I shook his hand, and he knew who I was," McCoy said. "I'm like, 'Cool, you're on the cover of a video game!' "



Dog day

LHP David Price has said the bobblehead of his French bulldog, Astro, given out at Sunday's game was spot-on. Astro posed with his likeness in the dugout.

   
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