Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: High praise for David Price; still in race?

Today: Off

Through Thursday: All-Star break

Next game: Friday, at Twins, 8:10

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.14)

twins: RH Kyle Gibson (8-7, 3.92)

On deck

Saturday: vs. Twins, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (9-7, 3.23); Twins — RH Kevin Correia (5-11, 4.61)

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-5, 3.41); Twins — RH Phil Hughes (9-5, 3.70)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, 60-day, right knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• OF David DeJesus, left hand fracture, eligible July 3 (targeting late July)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for the season.

• INF Jerry Sands, 15-day, left wrist strain, eligible July 8 (targeting late July)

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist fracture, eligible June 15 (targeting mid August)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"He's been the best pitcher we've ever seen in Tampa Bay, the last however many starts. That's the best we've ever seen."

RF Ben Zobrist, on David Price, who has a 1.92 ERA over his past nine starts.



Numbers of the day

6 Wins (out of seven games) the Rays have won in a matchup involving two former Cy Young winners.

10 Shutouts for the Rays, the second most in club history before the All-Star break.

2 Games out of their past 55 where Rays have turned two double plays.

22 Consecutive unbeaten home series for Rays against Blue Jays, the majors' third-longest home streak against one opponent since 1969.

History lesson

The Rays climbed to nine games behind Baltimore in the AL East (pending the results of the Orioles' late game) with their win. Since 1933, eight teams have made the playoffs with a deficit that large at the All-Star break. The 1978 Yankees overcame the biggest hole — 11½ games back.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 0

Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Reyes ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .273

Me.Cabrera lf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .299

Bautista rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .292

D.Johnson 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .143

c-Col.Rasmus ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .212

Kratz dh 4 0 0 0 0 1 .192

St.Tolleson 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .257

Mastroianni cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .122

J.Francisco 3b 2 0 2 0 0 0 .240

Thole c 2 0 0 0 0 1 .263

b-D.Navarro ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260

Totals 30 0 5 0 1 7

Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Kiermaier cf 3 1 1 0 1 0 .310

Zobrist rf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .266

Joyce dh 3 0 1 0 0 1 .270

a-S.Rodriguez ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .233

Longoria 3b 3 0 1 1 0 0 .257

Loney 1b 2 0 0 0 2 0 .275

Guyer lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .266

Y.Escobar ss 4 2 1 0 0 1 .249

J.Molina c 3 0 1 1 0 1 .195

Forsythe 2b 3 0 1 1 0 1 .243

Totals 29 3 6 3 4 7

Toronto 000 000 000— 0 5 0

Tampa Bay 010 001 10x— 3 6 0

b-grounded into a fielder's choice for Thole in the 8th. c-struck out for D.Johnson in the 9th.

LOBToronto 5, Tampa Bay 8. RBIsLongoria (44), J.Molina (5), Forsythe (15). SBKiermaier (2), Zobrist (5), Y.Escobar (1). SFLongoria. RISPToronto 0 for 4; Tampa Bay 2 for 7. GIDPMe.Cabrera, Thole. DPTampa Bay 2 (Price, Y.Escobar, Loney), (Forsythe, Y.Escobar, Loney).

Toronto IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Dickey L, 7-9 6 5 2 2 3 5 103 3.82

CecilL1 1 1 1 1 13 3.68

RedmondM0 0 0 0 0 9 2.57

Janssen 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 1.23

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Price W, 9-7 8 5 0 0 1 5 112 3.23

McGee S, 7-8 1 0 0 0 0 2 15 1.52

HBPby Dickey (J.Molina), by Price (J.Francisco). WPMcGee. T2:45. A17,187 (31,042).

How they scored

Rays second

Loney lined out to first baseman D.Johnson. Guyer grounded out, shortstop Reyes to first baseman D.Johnson. Y.Escobar singled to center. J.Molina was hit by a pitch, Y.Escobar to second. Forsythe singled to right, Y.Escobar scored, J.Molina to second. Kiermaier grounded out, pitcher Dickey to first baseman D.Johnson. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Rays 1, Blue Jays 0.

Rays sixth

Loney walked on a full count. Guyer grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman J.Francisco to shortstop Reyes, Loney out. Y.Escobar grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Reyes to second baseman St.Tolleson, Guyer out. Y.Escobar stole second. J.Molina singled to right, Y.Escobar scored. Forsythe struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rays 2, Blue Jays 0.

Rays seventh

Cecil pitching. Kiermaier singled to left. Zobrist walked, Kiermaier to second. S.Rodriguez pinch-hitting for Joyce. S.Rodriguez struck out. . Redmond pitching. Kiermaier stole third. Zobrist stole second. Longoria hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Mastroianni, Kiermaier scored, Zobrist to third. Loney flied out to left fielder Me.Cabrera. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rays 3, Blue Jays 0.

Rays schedule

July

18 — at Minnesota, 8:10

19 — at Minnesota, 7:10

20 — at Minnesota, 2:10

22 — at St. Louis, 8:15

23 — at St. Louis, 7:15

25 — Boston, 7:10

26 — Boston 7:10

27 — Boston, 1:40

28 — Milwaukee, 7:10

29 — Milwaukee, 7:10

30 — Milwaukee, 12:10

AUGUST

1 — L.A. Angels, 7:10

2 — L.A. Angels, 7:10

3 — L.A. Angels, 1:40

4 — at Oakland, 10:05

5 — at Oakland, 10:05

6 — at Oakland, 3:35

8 — at Chicago Cubs, 4:05

9 — at Chicago Cubs, 4:05

10 — at Chicago Cubs, 2:20

11 — at Texas, 8:05

12 — at Texas, 8:05

13 — at Texas, 8:05

14 — at Texas, 8:05

15 — N.Y. Yankees, 7:10

16 — N.Y. Yankees, 4:10

17 — N.Y. Yankees, 1:40

19 — Detroit, 7:10

20 — Detroit, 7:10

21 — Detroit, 1:10

22 — at Toronto, 7:07

23 — at Toronto, 1:07

24 — at Toronto, 1:07

25 — at Baltimore, 7:05

26 — at Baltimore, 7:05

27 — at Baltimore, 7:05

28 — at Baltimore, 7:05

29 — Boston, 7:10

30 — Boston, 7:10

31 — Boston, 1:40

SEPTEMBER

1 — Boston, 1:10

2 — Toronto, 7:10

3 — Toronto, 7:10

4 — Toronto, 7:10

5 — Baltimore, 7:10

6 — Baltimore, 7:10

7 — Baltimore, 1:40

9 — at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05

10 — at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05

11 — at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05

12 — at Toronto, 7:07

13 — at Toronto, 1:07

14 — at Toronto, 1:40

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