Sunday, January 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: James Shields excited for return to Trop

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 7:08 tonight; Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Erik Bedard (4-5, 4.21)

TIGERS: RH Max Scherzer (9-3, 3.64)

On Bedard: Coming off strong outing at Baltimore, working into 8th, allowing three runs, all on homers. Is 2-3, 4.07 in eight games vs. Tigers; 1-0, 2.50 in 3 games at roomy Comerica Park.

On Scherzer: Since getting rocked for 10 runs in 4 innings vs. Royals June 17, Scherzer's back to form, going 2-0, 2.08. Is 3-2, 2.87 in six games vs. Rays with 39 K's in 37⅔ innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SCHERZER

Matt Joyce 2-for-15, HR

Evan Longoria 2-for-12, HR

Ben Zobrist 2-for-15, HR

TIGERS VS. BEDARD

Miguel Cabrera 5-for-17, HR

Torii Hunter 9-for-28

Ian Kinsler 12-for-41

On deck

Friday: at Tigers, 7:08. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20); Tigers — LH Drew Smyly (4-7, 3.57)

Saturday: at Tigers, 4:08. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.24); Tigers — RH Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.63)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Familiar face

RHP James Shields has pitched 110 games at the Trop, but Monday will be the first time he will do so as a visitor when he starts for the Royals. "I'm very excited to come back and pitch at the park that brought me a lot of great memories," he said. "It's definitely going to feel a little weird when I step foot on the mound." Shields was traded in the December 2012 Wil Myers deal, and his turn improbably didn't come up during a four-game series in 2013, though he beat the Rays in Kansas City. Adding to Monday's storyline, he will face RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was part of the deal.

Quote of the day

"I didn't want to be the guy to ruin it for us."

RHP Jake Odorizzi, on following strong starts by teammates Chris Archer and David Price in the Yankees series

Numbers of the day

.242, 3.58

Rays batting average, runs per game through June 10

. 274, 4.48

Rays batting average, runs per game since June 11

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