Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Does Longoria have Price trade info?

Rays at Twins

When/where: 8:10 tonight, Target Field, Minneapolis

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.14)

Twins: RH Kyle Gibson (8-7, 3.92)

On Cobb: Worked effectively into seventh inning in last start but got no decision when bullpen blew up. Is 3-5, 4.89 in 10 starts since coming off DL but getting better. Hasn't faced Twins.

On Gibson: Second-year righty has made seven starts allowing four or more earned runs, 11 starts with two or fewer. Was roughed up by Rays in an April start, is 0-2, 11.00 vs. them overall.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Gibson

Desmond Jennings2-for-5

Matt Joyce2-for-5

Ben Zobrist2-for-5

Twins vs. Cobb

Kendry Morales3-for-10

Edwin Nunez3-for-11

Kurt Suzuki2-for-5

On deck

Saturday: at Twins, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (9-7, 3.23); Twins — RH Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92)

Does he know something we don't know?

Could 3B Evan Longoria, the Rays' veteran leader, have some inside info? Or was it just a Freudian slip? In talking Thursday about the team and the possibility of ace David Price being traded, Longoria said: "The Rays franchise just doesn't end when he — if he doesn't come back after the deadline. Whatever ends up happening the next day will be business as usual. We'll really try to go out there and win just like we did the day before, when the team was like it was before."

Joe's Great (All-Star Break) Adventure

Manager Joe Maddon spent his All-Star break enjoying Florida's east coast in his RV. Rain interfered at times, as he had to put the awning down to be able to watch the All-Star Game on the external TV. "I was able to battle through with a cigar," Maddon said. "It was kind of fun, actually."

Numbers of the day

12-1

Odds for the Rays to make the playoffs, per online betting site Bovada

8

Games in 15 days for the Rays from July 10-24

 
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