Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Heath Bell brings new toy to clubhouse

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time

Promotion: Joe Maddon Hoodie Drawstring Bag, for kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 7.50)

YANKEES: LH Vidal Nuno (0-0, 14.54)

On Ramos: Moved from bullpen to rotation but had a rough start Sunday vs. Reds, pulled in third inning, threw 47 pitches. Has made 13 relief appearances vs. Yankees, posting a 7.62 ERA.

On Nuno: Comes out of bullpen as Yankees adjust rotation after Wednesday doubleheader. Last pitched April 8, allowing 7 runs in 31/3 innings vs. Baltimore. Worked 6 innings vs. Rays in May 2013.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. NUNO

James Loney 1-for-3

Evan Longoria 1-for-3

Ben Zobrist 0-for-2

YANKEES VS. RAMOS

Jacoby Ellsbury 1-for-6

Derek Jeter 1-for-3

Kelly Johnson 2-for-4

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Twins, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (2-1, 4.39); Twins — RH Kyle Gibson (3-0, 0.93)

The new way they roll

There's a new toy in the Rays clubhouse, a half-dozen Solowheels, which operate like a Segway but with the rider balancing on one wheel. RHP Heath Bell had been riding his from a downtown St. Pete apartment to the Trop, and enough others were interested that he ordered more. "It's a lot of fun," Bell said . "I've been teaching them how to ride it."

Evan Longoria home run feats

164 Career home runs, surpassing Carlos Peña as the Rays franchise leader. (Longoria is the only franchise leader of the 30 MLB teams currently with that team.).

26 Home runs for Longoria vs. Yankees, seven more than anyone else in that span (since April 2008).

Numbers of the day

5 Homers by Rays, matching their most in a home game, done last in 2008

15 Margin of victory, matching largest in franchise history (17-2 over Baltimore in 2007)

27 Runs in consecutive games, matching most in Rays history (July 2006 vs. Baltimore)

 
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