Saturday, July 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Indians preview

Tonight: vs. Indians

7:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 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: $2 kids tickets with adult ticket

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (0-0, 5.40)

Indians: RH Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.75)

On Moore: Allowed three runs over five innings to Blue Jays in first start, all on Josh Donaldson homer. Faced Indians in first start back from Tommy John surgery July 2. Is 2-1, 4.64 in five starts vs. Indians, 2-0, 3.45 at Trop.

On Kluber: Stetson University product and 2014 Cy Young winner, who turned 30 Sunday, is working on six days rest after loss in opener. Is 2-1, 2.26 in five games vs. Rays, including 14K outing in July.

Key matchups

Rays VS. KLUBER

Logan Forsythe 2-for-8

Kevin Kiermaier 3-for-8

Evan Longoria 5-for-14, HR

Logan Morrison 4-for-10

INDIANS VS. MOORE

Rajai Davis 5-for-15

Jason Kipnis 3-for-8

Mike Napoli 2-for-15

Carlos Santana 1-for-8

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.75); Indians — RH Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 7.20)

Thursday: vs. Indians, 1:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (0-2, 7.20); Indians — RH Danny Salazar (1-0, 1.69)

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

Saturday: vs. White Sox, 6:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.86) or TBA; White Sox — LH Jose Quintana (0-0, 3.18)

Sunday: vs. White Sox, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-0, 5.40); White Sox — TBA

Video replay

When the Rays went to Cleveland last June, manager Terry Francona had the Indians staff prepare a video, shown on the stadium board during batting practice, poking fun at Rays manager Kevin Cash, who had been on their staff. Cash said he plans no revenge. "I can't pull that off," Cash said. "He's got the veteran (time) on me. I'll just keep my mouth shut and wear it."

Numbers of the day

2 Games, of the Rays' first 12, played away from the Trop.

6 Innings in which Rays have led after out of a possible 54

656 Combined strikeouts last season, in 5902/3 innings, by Indians starter Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar

Familiar faces

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, above, pitched for the Devil Rays in 1999 and 2001; assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro was a long-time Rays minor-league player and coach.

 
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