Sunday, January 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Castilla bobblehead; making history; Maddon walking

Rays at Rockies

When/where: 4:10 today; Coors Field, Denver

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays:

RH Alex Cobb (3-2, 2.55)

Rockies:

RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-0, 1.46)

Alex the Great: Cobb is coming off a frustrating start in which he took the lead into the sixth and gave it up in a hurry. His keys to success are getting ground balls and strikeouts. First start in an NL park.

Back in biz: Chacin, the Rockies ace, is expected to come off the DL, having been out since April 19 with a back strain. He threw six strong innings Tuesday in extended spring. He has not faced the Rays.

Rays vs. Chacin

Kelly Johnson 5-for-14, 2 HRs

James Loney 7-for-26

Ryan Roberts 2-for-8

Rockies vs. Cobb

None have faced.

On deck

Monday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.31); Jays — Mark Buehrle (1-2, 6.43)

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 5.28); Jays — J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.98)

Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (5-0, 1.95); Jays — Ricky Romero (0-1, 6.75)

Rays disabled list

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

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Castilla Day

To mark Cinco de Mayo and continue their 20th anniversary celebration, the Rockies are giving out bobbleheads today of Vinny Castilla, their former All-Star who is in uniform as a special assistant and still looks, at age 45, like he could play. It's a coincidence Castilla (center) is honored today because he was far from a star during 1¼ brutal seasons with the Devil Rays in 2000-01.

Stat of the day

19 Times since 2008 manager Joe Maddon has ordered an intentional walk with first base occupied as he did Friday, seven more than any other team.

Good history for the Rays

The Rays were party to history Friday. In addition to being the only AL East team to win, they were the only one to score, which — before you ask — never happened before. Per Elias, it actually was the first time since the 1994 shift to three divisions that four AL East teams were shut out on the same day. Before that, it was Sept. 24, 1976, when four of six got nothing.

 
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