Friday, November 24, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head; Cy Young winners traded

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Rays vs. Angels

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $18-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (6-6, 3.37)

Angels: LH C.J. Wilson (8-6, 4.33)

On Archer: Allowed a three-run home run to David Ortiz in his last start, a 3-2 loss to Boston. Has allowed six home runs this year. His 0.4 per nine innings is sixth best in the majors. Is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three starts against the Angels.

On Wilson: Making his return from the DL (sprained right ankle). Threw a complete-game shutout against the Rays on May 17. Is 4-2 with a 3.36 ERA in nine starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Wilson

Evan Longoria4-for-23, HR

Ben Zobrist7-for-26, 2 HRs

Yunel Escobar5-for-11

Angels vs. Archer

Josh Hamilton3-for-7, HR

Mike Trout4-for-7

Albert Pujols1-for-3

On deck

Sunday: vs. Angels, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (7-8, 3.80); Angels — RH Jered Weaver (11-6, 3.36)

Monday: at A's, 10:05. Rays— RH Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.54); A's — TBA

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Joe-tato head

The Rays will give away Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head toys to the first 20,000 fans tonight. The manager, who previously was immortalized in gnome form, has had one of the new promotions perched on his chair for the past few games. "It was not my idea," said Maddon, who'd prefer a Gumby-themed giveaway. "However, the grandkids are going to love it."

Life without Price

"When we stop getting questions about it, when people let it go, turn the page, the void's going to have to fill itself. He's not going to come back, so we're going to have to do it our own."

RHP Chris Archer on replacing LHP David Price, who was traded to Detroit on Thursday

Numbers of the day

11 Cy Young winners who have been traded during the 2000s:

Bartolo Colon * Cliff Lee **

R.A. Dickey ** Jake Peavy

Eric Gagne David Price

Zack Greinke CC Sabathia

Roy Halladay Johan Santana

Randy Johnson

* Traded before winning Cy Young

** Traded before and after winning Cy Young

17 Trades involving Cy Young winners during the 2000s, including multiple ones for Colon (2), Greinke (2), Johnson (2), Lee (4) and Peavy (3)

 
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