Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Giants Friday preview

Tonight: vs. Giants

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: Sold out

Promotion: Pride Night, dedicated to victims of Orlando shooting

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (4-7, 4.61)

Giants: RH Jeff Samardzija (7-4, 3.36)

On Archer: Threw a season-high 118 pitches over 72/3 in most recent start, giving up two leads in loss to Astros. Has thrown 115-plus in back-to-back starts for first time. Lost lone start to Giants in 2013.

On Samardzija: Coming off shortest start of season, working 42/3 vs. Dodgers on Saturday with no decision. Faced Rays with A's in 2014, White Sox in 2015, going 0-0, 3.21, allowing only .208 average.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Samardzija

Logan Forsythe0-for-11

Evan Longoria2-for-6 HR

Brad Miller2-for-10

Logan Morrison4-for-14 2 HR

Giants vs. Archer

Brandon Belt3-for-3 HR

Gregor Blanco1-for-4

Brandon Crawford1-for-3 HR

Buster Posey0-for-2

Familiar faces

Giants OF Denard Span is a Tampa native, C Buster Posey a Florida State product, INF Conor Gillaspie the older brother of Rays 2014 first-round draftee Casey Gillaspie.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Giants, 4:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (3-4, 5.05); Giants — RH Jake Peavy (3-6, 5.83)

Sunday: vs. Giants, 1:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.79); Giants — TBA

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