Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

Rays: Honoring the Spartans, batting practice is his life

Joe Maddon, with a bat, talks with University of Tampa baseball coach Joe Urso.

Joe Maddon, with a bat, talks with University of Tampa baseball coach Joe Urso.

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Free postgame concert by Martina McBride.

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (3-2, 5.59)

Orioles: RH Kevin Gausman (0-2, 7.20)

On Hellickson: Pitching deep has been an issue as he has gone six or fewer innings in 6 of 12 starts. Has allowed a .362 average with runners in scoring position, .478 with two outs. Is 7-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 14 starts against the Orioles.

On Gausman: The 21-year-old top prospect looked better in his last start, holding the Tigers to one run on five hits over six innings, than his first two after an unexpected promotion from Double A.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Gausman

None have faced

Orioles VS. Hellickson

Chris Davis 10-for-22, HR

Adam Jones 11-for-35

J.J. Hardy 7-for-32, 2 HR

Nick Markakis 8-for-32, 2 HR

On deck

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (8-1, 2.95); Orioles — Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.97)

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.39); Red Sox — Ryan Dempster (3-6, 4.39)

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03); Red Sox — John Lackey (3-5, 2.79)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Honored guests

The University of Tampa was honored pregame for winning the Division II championship, its sixth national title. Perhaps even more gratifying than the on-field recognition was taking batting practice. "It's pretty cool to be out here hitting on the same field as the big-leaguers," said junior OF Zach Gawrych out of Wharton High. Gawrych hopes to be a big-leaguer one day and on the second day of the draft stayed close to his phone (though he wasn't picked). "It's in my pocket," he said.

Quote of the day

"My one skill in life is throwing batting practice."

Scott McNulty, who has thrown BP for the University of Tampa since 1997 and the Rays since 2006

Rays: Honoring the Spartans, batting practice is his life 06/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:12am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. USF baseball heads to Gainesville for regional play


    TAMPA — Had USF's players and coaches been less confident in their NCAA Tournament resume, Monday's selection show might have induced fidgeting, perhaps even frustration.

    South Florida coach Mark Kingston looks on during 2017 American Athletic Conference game Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater during the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls won 7-6.
  2. Rays call up Jose De Leon to add depth to bullpen tonight


    The Rays decided that after playing 15 innings Sunday they could use some depth and length in their bullpen after all and have decided to call up RHP Jose De Leon from Triple-A.

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez is still slated to start tonight, even after throwing 12 pitches to get the final three outs - and the save - in …

    The Rays have recalled Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.
  3. Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge, released

    Public Safety

    Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

    Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Florida.
  4. After state, academics will trump athletics for King ace Brian Lee


    TAMPA — Brian Lee can still see himself on the pitcher's mound at Venice High School. Four years ago he was a freshman left-handed reliever just trying to keep King's state championship dreams alive.

    Pitcher Brian Lee participates in a practice at King High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, May 26, 2017.
  5. Five cool things to do when it's hot outside


    Summer is not officially here, but it may as well be. School is out, vacations are coming, and it's time to enjoy the outdoors. Don't buy the argument that summer in Florida is too hot to get outside. There is plenty to do, and we'll prove it. Here are five cool things to do outdoors during another hot summer.

    Rainbow Springs State Park is a registered natural landmark. Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon is one several state parks with natural swimming holes in Florida. (Octavio Jones | Times)