Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Chris Archer aiming to join Walter Johnson

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight, Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports, ESPN; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.29)

Yankees: RH David Phelps (3-4, 4.35)

On Archer: Has a 1.51 ERA over past eight starts, but only two wins. Coming off 7-inning, seven-hit, four-run loss to Pirates. Is 4-0, 1.26 in four starts vs. Yankees.

On Phelps: Coming off a rough five-inning, six-run, eight-hit outing vs. Blue Jays. Had won previous two starts. Is 2-0, 2.81 in eight games (four starts) vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Phelps

James Loney 3-for-10

Evan Longoria 0-for-7

Ben Zobrist 5-for-12

Yankees vs. Archer

Jacoby Ellsbury 7-for-10

Brett Gardner 4-for-11

Alfonso Soriano 2-for-8

Chasing the Big Train

RHP Chris Archer has wins in his first four games against the Yankees, which only one other pitcher (Ervin Santana) has done in the past 30 years. But if Archer beats them again tonight, it would be a really big deal, the first to start 5-0 since Hall of Famer Walter "Big Train" Johnson for the Senators in 1907-08. "It's cool to be part of that history, but when I step out there on the mound it's definitely not in my mind," Archer said.

Fan club

The Rays have a shot tonight to set the MLB record for strikeouts in any month:

Ks Team, month

286 Cubs, Aug. '02

280 Indians, May '13

280 Tigers, May '13

Ks Team, month

278 Rays, June '14

272 Astros, Aug. '98

265 Tigers, Sept. '13

Quote of the day

"The effort is outstanding, and all of a sudden the production is starting to show up."

Rays manager Joe Maddon

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