Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Expos fans bring back memories for Foley, Martinez; Blue Jays honor Delgado

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (4-3, 2.96)

Jays: RH R.A. Dickey (8-10, 4.69)

On Archer: Coming off his first career complete game, July 14 vs. Houston. Hasn't walked a batter in past two starts. Is 3-0, 1.69 over past five starts. Is 4-1, 2.30 at Trop; 1-5, 4.97 on road.

On Dickey: Knuckleballer absolutely baffled the Rays on June 26 at the Trop, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk in a complete-game shutout. Went into break 0-2, 5.54. Overall is 3-2, 3.75 in 10 outings vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. DICKEY

Matt Joyce 2-for-16, HR

James Loney 3-for-16

Evan Longoria 3-for-12

Ben Zobrist 2-for-13

Jays VS. ARCHER

None have faced

On deck

Monday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (13-3, 3.44); Red Sox — TBA

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (5-10, 4.90); Red Sox — LH Jon Lester (8-6, 4.58)

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (4-5, 4.03); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (7-3, 3.76)

Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (7-7, 2.95)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Fitting Saturday tribute

About 1,000 fans of the former Montreal Expos franchise were at the game, which at least made for good timing since Rays coaches Tom Foley and Dave Martinez both played there. "I spent seven years in Montreal, I loved it there," Foley said. "I was kind of sad to see them fold it up. It's a great city, good people. The people that came to the games were true fans. Hopefully someday they can get another ballclub back there."

Fitting Sunday tribute

The Blue Jays today will honor former 1B Carlos Delgado, installing him as the 10th member of their Level of Excellence. It's appropriate to do with the Rays in town, as he hit 32 of his 473 homers against them — second most to his 33 vs. the Yankees — including a four-homer game in 2003 and a three-homer game in 2001.

Quote of the day

"There's no lashes based on the save being made."

Manager Joe Maddon, on closer Fernando Rodney's fielding error

     
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