Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Coach slightly envious of Kiermaier

Today: Off

Next: AL Division Series opener, Rays at Red Sox, 3:07 p.m. Friday, Fenway Park, Boston. TV: TBS

Upcoming schedule

Saturday: Game 2 of AL Division Series, Rays at Red Sox, 5:37 p.m. TV: TBS

Sunday: Off day

Monday: Game 3 of AL Division Series, Red Sox at Rays, TBA

Tuesday: Game 4 of AL Division Series (if necessary), Red Sox at Rays, TBA

Wednesday: Off day

Thursday: Game 5 of AL Division Series (if necessary), Rays at Red Sox, TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Colome, elbow strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 28

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 60-day, eligible Oct. 1

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season

Rays with 2014 options

• OF David DeJesus, $6.5 million or $1.5 million buyout

• SS Yunel Escobar, $5 million, no buyout

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, $2 million

• 2B Ben Zobrist, $7 million or $2.5 million buyout

Rays pending free agents

• RHP Jesse Crain

• RHP Roberto Hernandez

• INF Kelly Johnson

• 1B James Loney

• C Jose Molina

• RHP Fernando Rodney

• DH Luke Scott

• RHP Jamey Wright

• DH Delmon Young

Quote of the day

"The only thing you have to know about (rookie OF Kevin) Kiermaier is that it took me 16 years to get to the playoffs and he made it in one day."

Rays bench coach Dave Martinez on Kiermaier (left)

Number of the day

4 Rookies on Rays' wild-card roster: Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, Wil Myers, Alex Torres.

Ray-tober?

Most postseason appearances past six seasons:

4

Rays, Cardinals, Yankees, Phillies

Most postseason games past six seasons:

Phillies 43

Yankees 38

Cardinals 34

Rangers 34

Giants 31

Rays 26

(if u need 1 more item) Familiar faces

The Rays don't see the Indians much, but there are several familiar faces across the field, most prominently former Tampa Bay All-Star LHP Scott Kazmir, who resurrected his career in Cleveland. Other connections include pitching coach Mickey Callaway and Tampa's Kevin Cash, who are former Rays; OF Ryan Raburn, of Plant City's Durant High; and RHP Chris Perez, of Bradenton. Former Rays C Kelly Shoppach is with the Indians but didn't make the wild-card roster.

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