Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Game of catch nearly goes awry

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 7:08 tonight, Comerica Park, Detroit

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.66)

TIGERS: RH Doug Fister (5-2, 3.65)

On Cobb: Had his start pushed back five days after suffering a cut on his right middle finger during his last outing, when he allowed two runs in 81/3 innings against the Yankees. Is 0-1, 4.09 in two career starts against the Tigers.

On Fister: Is winless in his past three starts but is coming off a strong outing in Pittsburgh, throwing seven shutout innings. Is 2-2, 2.77 in five career appearances (four starts) against Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. FISTER

Evan Longoria 1-for-6

Ben Zobrist 5-for-14

Matt Joyce 1-for-9, HR

TIGERS VS. COBB

Alex Avila 3-for-5

Torii Hunter 6-for-9

Miguel Cabrera 2-for-4

On deck

Thursday: at Tigers, 1:08, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 4.87); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (7-0, 3.42)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (0-1, 11.25); Orioles — RH Jason Hammel (7-3, 5.43)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Off day adventure Part I

RHP Alex Cobb and LHP Matt Moore found a park near the team's suburban hotel Monday to play catch and prepare Moore for his Tuesday start. But Cobb said there was a close call with an innocent bystander on a wild throw. "One almost gets by me and a guy was walking and thanked me for catching it, because it would have smoked him in the face," Cobb said. "Behind him was a car, so it could have been some bad damage."

Off day adventure, Part II

OF Sam Fuld had a buddy who lives near Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan, so he rented a car Monday and drove up to take a tour of the campus. He checked out the 100,000-plus seat football stadium, the "Big House," walked through the arboretum and ate at the well-known Zingerman's deli, and left impressed. "I loved it," he said.

Odds of the day

9-1

Rays odds to win the American League pennant, according to the latest from Bovada, behind the Tigers (3-1), Rangers (4-1), Red Sox (7-1) and Yankees (8-1).

 
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