Sunday, May 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Indians preview Thursday's game

Today: vs. Indians

1:10, Tropicana Field

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $15-275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Discounted tickets for seniors

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-2, 7.20)

INDIANS: RH Danny Salazar (1-0, 1.69)

On Archer: Indians '06 draftee allowed career-high four homers in most recent start at Baltimore. Is 0-5, 6.15 over past eight starts, last winning on Aug. 31. Is 0-4, 5.40 in three starts vs. Indians.

On Salazar: Beat White Sox in Friday debut. Was among 2015 AL leaders in opponents average (.226), strikeouts (195). Lost 2013 AL wild-card game to Rays, beat them in June 2015 at Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SALAZAR

Desmond Jennings 1-for-2

Kevin Kiermaier 0-for-3

Evan Longoria 1-for-5

Steve Pearce 2-for-6

INDIANS VS. ARCHER

Rajai Davis 1-for-5

Yan Gomes 2-for-5, HR

Jason Kipnis 2-for-6

Mike Napoli 1-for-14

On deck

Friday: vs. White Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.86); White Sox — LH Chris Sale (2-0, 3.86)

Saturday: vs. White Sox, 6:10. Rays — TBA; White Sox — LH John Danks (0-1, 9.00)

Sunday: vs. White Sox, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-0, 3.00); White Sox — RH Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.31)

Numbers of the day

4 Times in Rays' 19 seasons a starter didn't earn a win in the team's first seven games.

21 Team-record consecutive games with home runs by Rays hitters before the streak ended Wednesday

33 Age of INF Steve Pearce as of Wednesday's birthday; he's the oldest player on their active roster.

Disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 17, targeting mid May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, eligible April 17, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible April 18, targeting late July

Comments
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