Saturday, January 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Foley ejection far different from first

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Buy two, get two free outfield seats with coupon in Tampa Bay Times.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (6-4, 2.71)

MAriners: RH Erasmo Ramirez (3-0, 7.13)

On Archer: Coming off abbreviated 12/3-inning outing due to forearm tightness. Was AL pitcher and rookie of the month for July, going 4-0, 0.73 in five starts. Hasn't faced Mariners.

On Ramirez: Native of Nicaragua won his past three starts, albeit with a 5.60 ERA. Hasn't started since Aug. 3, working once in relief. Was 3-3, 3.09 in Triple-A starts. Faced Rays in relief last year.

Key matchups

Rays vs. ramirez

Yunel Escobar 2-for-3

Kelly Johnson 0-for-3

Ben Zobrist 1-for-1

MARINERS VS. ARCHER

Endy Chavez 1-for-1

Michael Morse 0-for-2

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (6-5, 3.17); Mariners — LH Aaron Harang (5-10, 5.79)

Thursday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 3.01); Mariners — LH Joe Saunders (10-11, 4.69)

Friday: vs. Blue, Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Blue Jays — RH R. A. Dickey (9-11, 4.46)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Blue Jays — LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 5.84)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Blue Jays — RH Todd Redmond (1-1, 4.22)

Rays disabled list

OF Desmond Jennings, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 19

OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 60-day, eligible Aug. 15

LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 15-day, eligible July 14

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 60-day, eligible May 22

Taking one for the team

3B coach Tom Foley was surprised to find out he got ejected Saturday for what he said were fairly benign comments to home plate ump Paul Nauert after a questionable strike three call on SS Yunel Escobar. That was considerably different than his only other ejection as a coach, on Lou Piniella's 2003 staff. "I was just arguing until Lou got out there (to third base) and he took his sweet time," Foley said. "I ran out of things to do, so I kicked the bag and (Ed Rapuano) threw me out. I'm like, 'Lou, what took you so long?' And he goes, 'Tommy, I can't get thrown out every night.' "

'Off' days

Manager Joe Maddon encourages the Rays to get their minds off baseball when they can, but they may be taking the concept of off days too far. The Rays are 1-8 in games following scheduled off days, and 2-9 when you add in coming off rainouts. Noting they were due into Tampa around 5:30 a.m. Monday, OF Sam Fuld on Sunday had a tongue-in-cheek suggestion: "I think tomorrow we're going to play a scrimmage to make sure we're sharp on Tuesday."

Dates of the day

Aug. 22, Sept. 9

Rays' only off days the rest of the season

 
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