Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Close call for Nash at Fenway; power surge; Durham triple play

Rays at White Sox

When/Where: 2:10 today; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays:

LH David Price (0-2, 5.52)

White Sox:

RH Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 3.80)

0-for-April: Price feels he has pitched better than his numbers indicate, but it is the first time the Rays have lost five straight games he has started. He is 2-4, 3.46 vs. the White Sox, including his 20th win last year.

Axe Man: Axelrod is winless in four starts but usually keeps his team in the game. He faced the Rays once in relief last September, allowing 3 runs in 1⅔ IP. Has a 0.77 home ERA in two starts.

Rays vs. Axelrod

Yunel Escobar 1-for-2

Kelly Johnson 2-for-5, HR

Matt Joyce 1-for-1, HR

White Sox vs. Price

Paul Konerko 9-for-18, HR

Alexei Ramirez 3-for-16

Alex Rios 8-for-16, 2 HRs

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Royals, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82); Royals — RH James Shields (1-2, 3.09)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

In triplicate

The Rays' Triple-A Durham team earned the No. 2 spot on ESPN's top plays of Friday by turning a triple play vs. Toledo, 3B Cole Figueroa to 2B Vince Belnome to 1B Chris Gimenez.

Power trippers

The Rays have homered in 13 straight games, matching the second-longest streak in franchise history:

Gms Dates

15 7/25-8/10/09

13 4/15-4/27/13

13 10/1/06-4/15/07

12 9/19-10/1/12

12 5/24-6/6/09

12 6/14-6/26/07

12 8/16-8/28/03

Close call of the day

Rays TV reporter Kelly Nash, in Boston on assignment, stopped by Fenway Park and was taking a picture of herself atop the Green Monster during batting practice Saturday when she narrowly avoided being hit by a ball. Nash said she had "no idea" how close it came until she looked at the photo (right) to text it to family, then found the ball a row in front of her. She pointed out she had with her the DVD of her favorite movie, Angels in the Outfield.

 
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