Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Cole Figueroa collects souvenirs from big game

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: David Price and Astro dog tags, kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98)

RED SOX: RH Brandon Workman (0-0, 1.42)

On Odorizzi: Threw a career-high 113 pitches in last start, including 40 in fourth inning, lasting only 42/3 innings. Has 26 Ks in past 152/3 innings. Did well in one '13 start vs. Sox with no decision.

On Workman: Called up to replace injured LH Felix Doubront. Opened season in Sox's bullpen, sent to Triple A and went 3-1, 5.12 in seven starts. Lost in a July 2013 start vs. Rays, working six innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. WORKMAN

Matt Joyce 0-for-4

James Loney 2-for-3, HR

Evan Longoria 2-for-4

RED SOX VS. ODORIZZI

Jonny Gomes 0-for-2

David Ortiz 1-for-2

Dustin Pedroia 1-for-3

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

The Cole collection

Rookie INF Cole Figueroa made plenty of memories last week, getting his first big-league hit Thursday and then his first walkoff hit — and accompanying Gatorade bath and shaving cream facial — Friday. But he has some tangible reminders as well: the balls, lineup cards and some dirt from the Trop infield. "I'm collecting as many souvenirs as possible," he said.

Hey, it's the Kid

The best player at the Trop on Saturday was in the press box: Ken Griffey Jr. (left) stopping by to do some TV work for MLB Productions.

Fitting tribute

Third base coach Tom Foley said the idea to wear senior adviser Don Zimmer's jersey came from manager Joe Maddon and PR VP Rick Vaughn, who then got MLB approval. Foley welcomed the opportunity, having recently visited Zimmer, who continues to recover from April surgery. "It's just to let him know that we're thinking about him every day," Foley said. "I'm going to wear it until they tell me don't wear it."

 
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