Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Chris Archer not weirded out by David Price's return

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $14-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.24)

TIGERS: RH Max Scherzer (14-4, 2.98)

On Archer: Coming off a career-high 12-strikeout performance (including six in a row) last week at Texas. Has allowed six home runs all year, with the third-lowest homers per nine innings in the league. Is 1-0 against the Tigers.

On Scherzer: Reigning Cy Young winner leads the league in wins and ranks fourth with 196 strikeouts. Pitched eight shutout, three-hit innings in his last start, a 5-2 win over the Pirates. Allowed two hits and one run over eight innings in his last start against the Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. SCHERZER

Yunel Escobar 11-for-30, HR

Evan Longoria 2-for-14, HR

Ben Zobrist 2-for-18, HR

TIGERS VS. ARCHER

Miguel Cabrera 1-for-5

Ian Kinsler 1-for-10

Torii Hunter 2-for-4

On deck

Wednesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89); Tigers — RH Rick Porcello (13-7, 3.11)

Thursday: Tigers, 1:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.24); Tigers — LH David Price (11-8, 3.21)

Friday: at Toronto, 7:07. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.66); Blue Jays — RH Marcus Stroman (7-4, 3.83)

Rays disabled list

• OF David DeJesus, 15-day, left hand fracture, eligible July 3 (targeting late August)

• C Ryan Hanigan, 15-day, left oblique strain, eligible July 24 (targeting late August)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for the season

• INF Jerry Sands, 15-day, left wrist surgery (July 22) out for season

• OF Wil Myers, 60-day, right wrist fracture, eligible July 30 (targeting late August)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Price returns

Although much of the attention from fans and reporters in Detroit's visit will center on David Price's return to Tropicana Field, it doesn't sound as if the Rays have given much thought about seeing Price in a different uniform. "Who?" Rays starter (and Price protege) Chris Archer joked. "I think everybody in the clubhouse is beyond the weird factor, the strangeness of it. It is what it is. It is what it's going to be. I'm not really going to be thinking about who's in the other dugout, to be honest with you."

Charity social

The Rays' charity summer social gave fans a chance to interact with players and coaches after Sunday's game. Manager Joe Maddon tweeted that the event raised $42,500 for the Rays Baseball Foundation.

AL wild-card race

Team W-L Pct. GB

Athletics 73-51 .589—

Mariners 67-56 .545—

Tigers 66-56 .541 .5

Yankees 63-59 .516 3.5

Blue Jays 64-61 .512 4

Indians 62-61 .504 5

Rays 61-63 .492 6.5

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