Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Game 162 is Longoria's stage; Loney's average; Maddon's must-advance

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM, 97.9 FM (1550-AM Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (16-4, 3.23)

Jays: RH Todd Redmond (4-2, 3.77)

On Moore: Coming off an "effectively wild" win in New York, walking a career-high-matching six and throwing three wild pitches. Is 3-1, 2.97 in six starts vs. Jays, 2-0, 2.45 this season.

On Redmond: Is a St. Petersburg native who attended Northside Christian, St. Petersburg College. Is 3-0, 2.73 in past five starts. Got no decision in Aug. 18 homecoming start at Trop, allowing one run, six hits.

Key matchups

Rays VS. REDMOND

Yunel Escobar 2-for-3

James Loney 1-for-3

Evan Longoria 2-for-2, HR

Jays VS. MOORE

Rajai Davis 5-for-15

Adam Lind 1-for-7

Jose Reyes 0-for-5

On deck

Wednesday: AL wild-card game, teams, site, time, TBA

Friday: Start of AL Division Series

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Colome, elbow strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 28

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 60-day, eligible Oct. 1

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

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Encouraging fact of the day

Evan Longoria's six home runs in Games 162 match Stan Musial for most in MLB history.

A matter of allegiance

Todd Redmond grew up in St. Petersburg a Rays fan, his family holding season tickets. But in one of those odd baseball coincidences, today he will be on the mound for the Blue Jays trying to keep the Rays from making the playoffs. "My buddy texted me earlier and said he's getting some people calling him, (saying for me) to not do so good," Redmond said. "He told me to go out there and beat them and send them home. That's what I'm going to try to do."

Stat of the day

.300738

1B James Loney's batting average going into today.

Quote of the day

"It's a must-advance- somehow game."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who is reluctant to name any game "must-win."

 
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