Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Fun with kids and Desmond Jennings; rookie feats

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays umbrellas with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (5-5, 3.16)

Jays: LH Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.60)

On Archer: Coming off dominant 8⅓-inning outing vs. Tigers, though snapped 60⅔ homerless streak. Has worked seven-plus innings three straight starts. Is 2-0, 2.22 in five games vs. Jays.

On Buehrle: Since opening season 10-1, 2.10, he's winless in six starts, going 0-5, 3.60, allowing a .272 average. Is 10-5, 4.20 in 24 games vs. Rays, including 2009 perfect game in Chicago.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Buehrle

Desmond Jennings 7-for-18

Evan Longoria 11-for-34 HR

Jose Molina 13-for-42 HR

Jays vs. Archer

Jose Bautista 1-for-11

Melky Cabrera 2-for-8

Jose Reyes 4-for-7

On deck

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 4:10. Rays — LH David Price (8-7, 3.48); Jays — RH Drew Hutchison (6-7, 3.86)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (4-8, 4.10); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (7-5, 4.72)

Monday-Thursday: All-Star break

Friday, July 18: at Twins, 8:10. Rays — TBA; Twins — TBA

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, 60-day, right knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• OF David DeJesus, left hand fracture, eligible July 3 (targeting late July)

• SS Yunel Escobar, right shoulder soreness, eligible today (on target)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for the season.

• INF Jerry Sands, 15-day, left wrist strain, eligible July 8 (targeting late July)

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist fracture, eligible June 15 (targeting mid August)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Kids play

CF Desmond Jennings spent part of Thursday's off-day answering questions and shooting hoops with the Jennings Juniors at St. Petersburg's Sanderlin Center, one of the three rec centers where he sponsors groups for the Rays Dugout Club.

Rookie feats

Lost in Wednesday's loss, OF Kevin Kiermaier became the first rookie with four hits and a grand slam in the same game since 2010 (Washington's Danny Espinosa) and the first rookie in recorded history (since 1914) to do so from the No. 9 spot.

Numbers of the day

12-2

Record needed for Rays to get to .500 by July 31.

39-29

Record for Rays to get to .500 by season's end.

48-20

Record for Rays to finish with 90 wins.

 
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