Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Father's Day gift from hitting coach

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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 five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.85)

ORIOLES: LH Wei-Yin Chen (6-2, 4.13)

On Odorizzi: Is coming off the best start of his career, allowing one run in 71/3 innings of a hard-luck 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. Has an impressive 76-26 strikeout/walk ratio. Is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against the Orioles.

On Chen: Shut out the Red Sox through seven innings in his last start and struck out a season-high seven. Has given up two earned runs or fewer in each of his past three starts. Is 3-3, 2.86 in nine career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays VS. CHEN

Ben Zobrist 10-for-25, HR

Evan Longoria 3-for-15

Desmond Jennings 3-for-20

ORIOLES VS. ODORIZZI

Adam Jones 2-for-5

J.J. Hardy 0-for-3

Chris Davis 1-for-2

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"We've got to play a better game of baseball. We won today. I'm happy. But things have got to get better."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on the 4-3 win

First class

RHP Kirby Yates (left) enjoyed the spoils of his first big-league road trip over the weekend, from the comfy charter flights (instead of commercial) to food spreads to not having to share a room with a teammate. "It's endless," Yates said. "Everything is better."



Father's Day gift

Hitting coach Derek Shelton (below) had his father, Ron, join him on the Rays' trip to Houston over the weekend, figuring it'd be a cool Father's Day gift. Ron had never been on a Rays trip but did go with Derek when he coached the MLB All-Stars in Taiwan in 2011. "I thought it'd be a cool memory," Derek said.

   
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