Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: First 12-10 win; Bucs connection; Numbers

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:35 today; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LH Matt Moore (7-0, 2.44)

Orioles: RH Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.40)

To the Matt: Moore shares the majors lead in wins and could become the first American League lefty to start 8-0 since Jimmy Key in 1997. He has benefited from an average 7.1 runs of support per nine innings and is 3-2, 2.60 against the Orioles.

On a roll: Tillman has strung together five consecutive quality starts, during which he is 3-1, 1.97 with a .195 opponents' average. He is 1-4, 5.06 in eight starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Tillman

Matt Joyce 3-for-13

Evan Longoria 5-for-17, 3 HRs

Ben Zobrist 3-for-21, 2 HRs

Orioles vs. Moore

J.J. Hardy 3-for-14, HR

Adam Jones 5-for-13, HR

Matt Wieters 6-for-11, 2 HRs

On deck

Monday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jake Odorizzi (2013 debut); Jays — Chad Jenkins (1-0, 3.60)

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-2. 2.89); Jays — Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.35)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

That old Rays-Bucs connection

Friday was the first time in 2,467 games over 16 years the Rays won 12-10. But according to Rays PR whiz Rick Vaughn, it wasn't the first for a Tampa Bay team. The Bucs on Oct. 28, 1979, beat the Vikings by the same score. A further connection: Rays manager Joe Maddon lives in a house in Tampa once owned by John McKay, the Bucs' coach at the time.

Quote of the day

"Why do you want to talk to me? I didn't do nothing today."

Roberto Hernandez, pulled after 2-plus innings Saturday, to reporters

Saturday's numbers of the day

6 Runs in the ninth, one off the team record (13-3 win at Baltimore on July 7, 2004).

8 Doubles, tying the team record (9-7 home win against the Yankees on July 17, 2004).

10 Extra-base hits, most since 2009 and tied for second most in team history (Record is 12 in a 12-4 win at Colorado on June 16, 2009).

 
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