Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Honoring Sapp; Cobb close call; power-hitting Archer

Rays vs. Giants

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays backpack for kids 14 and under; Photo Day on field from 11:20-noon.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (6-11, 4.71)

GIANTS: RH Guillermo Moscoso (0-0, 6.75)

On Hernandez: Coming off complete-game win over D'backs. Has allowed 3 or fewer runs in past 6 starts but won only two. Is 5-4, 3.97 at Trop; 1-7, 5.71 on road. Is 3-0, 1.52 vs. NL teams. Lost to Giants in 2011.

On Moscoso: Replaces struggling Barry Zito in rotation after being acquired from Cubs. Formerly with Rangers, A's, Rockies. Was 7-5, 3.93 at Triple-A Iowa. Is 0-1, 8.38 in two starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MOSCOSO

Desmond Jennings 1-for-6

Luke Scott 1-for-4, HR

Ben Zobrist 1-for-4, HR

GIANTS VS. HERNANDEZ

Jeff Francoeur 5-for-13, 2 HRs

Pablo Sandoval 2-for-3

Marco Scutaro 12-for-26

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at D'backs, 9:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60); D'backs — LH Wade Miley (8-8, 3.68)

Wednesday: at D'backs, 9:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-4, 2.65); D'backs — RH Randall Delgado (4-3. 3.17)

Thursday: Off

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

As if there hasn't been enough coverage …

The Rays congratulated Warren Sapp on his Hall of Fame induction by planning to honor the former Buc with a ceremonial first pitch Aug. 24. Manager Joe Maddon has met and talked with Sapp several times — "He's really a fun guy" — and considers him a "Friend O'Rays." Also, that he'd have made a heck of a catcher: "For instance, if (Boston's Daniel) Nava had slid into him as opposed to (Jose Molina on Monday), Nava would not have had that walkoff hit (Thursday) night."

Close call of the day

RHP Alex Cobb made a rehab start Saturday in Port Charlotte, and while the pitching part went well, he did have a scare. Cobb, who was injured when struck by a line drive June 15, was in the Class A Stone Crabs dugout between innings when a foul ball whizzed by. "About 3 inches from my face," Cobb said. "Luckily we avoided that."

Tweet of the day

"Contrary to popular belief I don't want to strike out every time, I promise! Good thing @wilmyers is a beast! #walkoff #Rays" — @Evan3Longoria

 
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