Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Gimenez chaos; Maddon and Godspell; playoff chances

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; 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 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (8-7, 3.51)

Red Sox: RH Clay Buchholz (9-0, 1.71)

On Price: Coming off back-to-back road losses, allowing 11 hits Thursday. Is 7-3, 2.52 in 23 starts since coming off DL. Is 10-5, 2.98 in 19 starts vs. Sox, including two wins at Fenway in a six-day July span.

On Buchholz: Makes his first start after missing three months with a strained neck. Will be limited to 75-80 pitches after making three rehab starts. Is 6-5, 2.53 in 15 starts vs. Rays, with 92 Ks in 96 IP.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Buchholz

Matt Joyce 6-for-21

Evan Longoria 7-for-32

Luke Scott 7-for-32 2 HR

Red Sox vs. Price

Will Middlebrooks 5-for-10 HR

Mike Napoli 8-for-27 2 HR

Dustin Pedroia 12-for-42 HR

* includes postseason

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82); Red Sox — RH Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.79)

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.55)

Friday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.14); Twins — LH Andrew Albers (2-2, 3.35)

Saturday: at Twins, 7:10, no TV. Rays — LH Matt Moore (15-3, 3.18); Twins — RH Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.19)

Sunday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-7, 3.51); Twins — RH Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.28)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Stats of the day

99.9, 48.8

Red Sox, Rays chances to make postseason based on coolstandings.com computer simulations.

Quote of the day

"Just day by day. We're going Godspell the rest of the season."

Manager Joe Maddon, on his approach to the final 20 games

Family reunion

C Chris Gimenez was already three days into a trip to Gwinnett with Triple-A Durham when he was sent to join the Rays in Oakland on Aug. 31. Since then, his wife, Kellie, packed the rest of their stuff into their two vehicles, had her car shipped home to Reno, Nev., and his truck to the Trop, then she and their 2-year-old son, Jace, flew to Tampa, rented a car (and a car seat to replace the one the airline lost), and moved into a condo in St. Pete Beach. "It's been a long two weeks," Gimenez said.

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rangers 81-62 .566—

Rays 78-64 .549

Indians 77-66 .538 1½

Orioles 77-66 .538 1½

Yankees 76-68 .528 3

Royals 75-69 .521 4

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