Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Carlos Peña, David Price, scoreless innings

Rays at Astros

When/where: 2:10 today; Minute Maid Park, Houston

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Chris Archer (2-3, 4.40)

Astros: RH Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.99)

On Archer: Has struggled on the road, going 1-5 with a 5.34 ERA in seven appearances (five starts). Picked up a no-decision his last start, against Detroit, allowing three runs in five innings.

On Lyles: Has lost his past two starts, giving up a combined 12 runs over nine innings against the Angels and Cubs. Is 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA in seven home starts this season.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lyles

James Loney 2-for-3

Kelly Johnson 0-for-3

Astros vs. Archer

(have never faced)

On deck

Friday: vs. White Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 4.90); White Sox — Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57).

Saturday: vs. White Sox, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — Matt Moore (11-3, 3.65); White Sox — Chris Sale (5-7, 2.79).

Sunday: vs. White Sox, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (2-4, 4.65); White Sox — John Danks (2-5, 4.38).

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 7-day, eligible June 23

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day I

"It's definitely very awkward seeing them as my adversaries, at least for a few days. But it's really cool."

Astros DH Carlos Peña, a Ray from 2007-10 and in 2012, on facing his former team

Quote of the day II

"I've seen him good but not that good."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the performance of David Price (left) — seven innings, no runs, three hits, no walks 10 strikeouts — Tuesday in his return from the disabled list

Record of the day

The Rays had pitched 24 consecutive scoreless innings until Wednesday. Here's a look at the past 24-inning streaks:

2008: Shields (9), Kazmir (6), Howell (3), Sonnanstine (2), Wheeler (2), Miller (1), Percival (1)

2012: Moore (61/3), Hellickson (6), Cobb (4), Farnsworth (2), Peralta (2), Rodney (2), Price (1), McGee (2/3)

2013: Moore (7), Price (7), Ramos (2), Hellickson (2), Peralta (12/3), Farnsworth (11/3), Hernandez (1), McGee (1), Rodney (1)

Comments
Former Rays OF Matt Joyce to hold annual charity baseball camp at North Brandon complex

Former Rays OF Matt Joyce to hold annual charity baseball camp at North Brandon complex

Armwood High product Matt Joyce, the current A's and former Rays outfielder, hosts his ninth annual Sweet Swingin' charity baseball camp for kids 6-12 on Sunday at the North Brandon youth baseball complex (2929 S Kingsway Rd, Seffner).Registration st...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays spring tickets go on sale Friday

Rays spring tickets go on sale Friday

The Rays will put single game tickets for spring training home games on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via raysbaseball.com.The Rays are playing 14 home games in Port Charlotte, starting with the Feb. 23 opener vs. Pittsburgh. Tickets will be available at th...
Published: 01/17/18
A look at Rays 40-man roster with spring training starting in less than a month

A look at Rays 40-man roster with spring training starting in less than a month

With the start of spring training now less than a month away, here is what the Rays roster looks like, with the most glaring hole at first base, which at this point seems likely to be manned by Brad Miller, and some questions about the pitching staff...
Published: 01/17/18
Rays opener will be late-afternoon affair

Rays opener will be late-afternoon affair

The Rays' March 29 season-opener against the Red Sox has been set for a 4 p.m. first pitch at Tropicana Field.This will be the ninth straight year the Rays have opened at home, and the third time they have opened against the rival Red Sox.  The ...
Published: 01/17/18
Tony Perez, Dick Allen to highlight    Ted Williams museum inductions

Tony Perez, Dick Allen to highlight Ted Williams museum inductions

Hall of Famer Tony Perez and longtime Phillies/White Sox star Dick Allen will be inducted into the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame next month in Clearwater.Former Yankees Cy Young Award winner Ron Guidry and longtime Astros ace J.R. Richard also wi...
Published: 01/16/18
Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- itís TV tidbits time

Jones: Besties, Ball and bloopers -- itís TV tidbits time

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best comebackExcuse Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for getting so carried away that he dropped the queen bee of curse words on live television Sun...
Published: 01/14/18
Jesuit High product Lance McCullers gets big raise, avoids arbitration

Jesuit High product Lance McCullers gets big raise, avoids arbitration

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers, a Tampa native and former Jesuit High standout, reached a one-year deal for $2.45 million on Friday, avoiding arbitration. McCullers, 24, made $548,000 last season.
Published: 01/12/18
Jake Odorizzi, Adeiny Hechavarria lone Rays set for arbitration

Jake Odorizzi, Adeiny Hechavarria lone Rays set for arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG ó For the second straight winter, pitcher Jake Odorizzi is taking the Rays to arbitration.Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria will join him.They were the only two of the nine arbitration-eligible Rays to not agree to a one-year contract by Fr...
Published: 01/12/18
Odorizzi, Hechavarria heading to arbitration

Odorizzi, Hechavarria heading to arbitration

The Rays have reached agreements on 2018 contracts with seven of their nine arbitration-eligible players with pitcher Jake Odorizzi and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria heading to arbitration.Odorizzi made $4.1 million last season after taking the R...
Published: 01/12/18
Alex Colome, Corey Dickerson, Jake Odorizzi among Raysí arbitration-eligible players

Alex Colome, Corey Dickerson, Jake Odorizzi among Raysí arbitration-eligible players

ST. PETERSBURG ó The payroll for the 2018 season will become clearer this afternoon after the Rays and their nine arbitration-eligible players exchange figures on one-year contracts.Those who do not agree to the clubís offer will head to arbitration ...
Published: 01/11/18