Friday, April 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Chris Archer sees 3-3 trip as glass half full

Today: off

Next game: 7:10 p.m. Friday, vs. A's, Tropicana Field. Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.10) A's — LH Rich Hill (4-3, 2.39)

Numbers of the day

6-for-42 Rays' performance with runners in scoring position (.143) on road trip.

11 Consecutive games in which Rays have homered.

13 of 14 Runs have scored via home run in Rays' past four games.

58.4 Percent of Rays runs for season scored via homers (68 of 113), most in majors.

Optimistic view of the day

After they swept the Angels, you would think the Rays would be disappointed to finish the road trip 3-3. RHP Chris Archer found good in how they played:

"Yeah, it's 3-3, and it would be considered a good road trip. But if you look deeper I think it was better than good, it was a great road trip in the sense of how we played, the heart that we displayed.''

On deck

Saturday: vs. A's, 6:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (1-0, 1.29); A's — RH Kendall Graveman (1-4, 5.74)

Sunday: vs. A's, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (1-3, 4.83); A's — RH Sonny Gray (3-4, 6.00)

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (1-4, 3.63); Jays — TBA

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-4, 4.57); Jays — TBA

Wednesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.10); Jays — TBA

Thursday: Off

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 18, targeting late May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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