Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Fuld struts, reclines on runway; Peña's Trop return, All-Star T's

Rays vs. Astros

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Postgame concert by KC & the Sunshine Band

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (4-10, 4.93) Astros: LH Dallas Keuchel (4-5, 4.59)

On Hernandez: Has posted three straight quality starts, but the Rays lost all three games. Has made one start against Houston, July 3, giving up three runs in six innings in a 4-1 loss.

On Keuchel: Winless in his past four starts but pitched well Saturday against Texas, allowing just two runs in five innings. Has made one career start against the Rays, July 1, taking loss after giving up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Keuchel

Sean Rodriguez 2-for-3

Sam Fuld 2-for-3

Jose Lobaton 1-for-3

Astros vs. HERNANDEz

Carlos Peña 2-for-14

Jose Altuve 1-for-3

Chris Carter 1-for 3, HR

On deck

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (3-3, 3.59); Astros — Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.67)

Monday-Thursday: All-Star break

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Fuld's fun with fashion

Several players enjoyed participating in the eighth annual Rays on the Runway event Thursday night, raising money for children with life-threatening illnesses. OF Sam Fuld stole the show in his Tommy Bahama beach wear, deciding to put down a towel and lay on it at the end of the runway. "I was trying to think of something funny or cool to do with a towel and it came to me in the last second," Fuld said. "It was probably a dumb thing, but at least it was different."

Quote of the day

"I'm not expecting anything. This place has been so gracious to me over the years, how can I expect any more? The love that I've received in Tampa Bay is second to none."

Carlos Peña, former Ray now with the Astros (right), on what he expected from the fans in his return to Tropicana Field

Gear up

Ben Zobrist All-Star T-shirts are available at the Tropicana Field team store and Tampa team store, and LHP Matt Moore shirts are coming soon.

 
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