Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Children get to work out at Trop

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $21-300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Chris Archer Christmas stockings; Imagination Movers postgame concert

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (6-5, 3.31)

Red Sox: RH Allen Webster (0-0, 0.00)

On Archer: Has lasted at least six innings in nine of his past 11 starts. Allowed only one earned run in Sunday's win over Minnesota. Is 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA in five career starts against Boston.

On Webster: Making season debut for Boston after scheduled starter Jake Peavy was traded to the Giants. Is 4-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket. Had one win in seven starts with the Red Sox last year.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Webster

Logan Forsythe 0-for-2

Red Sox vs. Archer

Mike Napoli 1-for-10

David Ortiz 4-for-9

Shane Victorino 2-for-8

On deck

Monday: vs. Brewers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (6-8, 3.97); Brewers — RH Kyle Loshe (11-4, 3.07)

Tuesday: vs Brewers, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.76); Brewers — RH Matt Garza (7-7, 3.87)

Wednesday: vs. Brewers, 12:10. Rays — LH David Price (11-7, 3.08); Brewers — RH Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.57)

Thursday: Off, trading deadline

Friday: vs. Angels, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 1.00); Angels — RH Matt Shoemaker (7-3, 4.18)

Saturday: vs. Angels, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-5, 3.31); Angels — Hector Santiago (2-7, 4.01)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

PLAY ball

The Rays hosted more than 150 children Saturday morning at Tropicana Field for onfield instruction with Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. OF David DeJesus and the Rays' training staff were among the instructors for the event, which had a focus on children with disabilities.

Price check

After LHP David Price's 10 strikeouts in eight innings in Friday night's win over Boston, he's on pace for 288 strikeouts and 2571/3 innings. That'd be the most strikeouts since Randy Johnson had 290 for Arizona in 2004 and the most innings pitched since Roy Halladay lasted 266 for Toronto in 2003.

Numbers of the day

29-14 Rays' record playing in front of crowds of 25,000 or more, including Saturday

22-39 Rays' record in front of smaller crowds

   
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