Friday, January 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Equal opportunity bat breaker

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.83)

ORIOLES: RH Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.17)

On Bedard: Has won only once in past six starts with a 4.25 ERA. Hasn't made it through five innings in five of 11 starts. Is 1-1, 5.54 vs. former Orioles mates, starting last in '12.

On Gonzalez: Is set to be activated off DL, out since May 31 with oblique strain. Has struggled on road, going 1-3, 5.29. Is 3-3, 3.55 in nine starts vs. Rays, 2-1, 1.75 in four at Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GONZALEZ

James Loney 3-for-15

Evan Longoria 5-for-18, HR

Jose Molina 4-for-14 HR

ORIOLES VS. BEDARD

Nelson Cruz 7-for-21, 2 HRs

Chris Davis 3-for-8

Adam Jones 6-for-12

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 1:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (2-4, 3.99); Orioles — RH Kevin Gausman (2-1, 3.71)

Thursday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-4, 3.40); Astros — TBA

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (5-6, 3.93); Astros — TBA

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.85); Astros — TBA

Quote of the day

"I think the best way to turn up the mental sharpness is through fundamental work.''

Manager Joe Maddon, on plans for extra spring training-like drills this week



Bat man

Turns out INF/OF Jerry Sands broke three different kinds of bats during his big at-bat Sunday. He started with his usual, a 34½-inch, 32-ounce Trinity birch, then a Louisville Slugger and a Victus. He got a box of six new Trinitys on Monday but went with "an old faithful" Trinity for his big homer.

Number of the day

$100,000

Total of grants given by the Rays to 20 local nonprofit organizations. A second round will be awarded in September; see raysbaseball.com/community

 
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