Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Joyce has Armwood treat; no smiling Wade Davis

Rays vs. Royals

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $14-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotions: Jeremy Hellickson headphones for kids 14 and under, post-game concert by Imagination Movers, Rays jersey apron with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem, surcharge.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (4-6, 4.91)

ROYALS: RH Wade Davis (3-5, 5.37)

On Hernandez: Coming off impressive outing in beating Boston, though also a career-high 122 pitches. Is 3-2, 4.40 at home; 1-4, 5.82 on road. Is 6-5, 4.80 in 18 career games vs. Royals.

On Davis: Ex-Ray returns to Trop coming off back-to-back quality starts, most recently Tuesday at Detroit. Is winless in five starts since May 15, going 0-2, 4.50. Was 15-12, 3.44 at the Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. DAVIS

Yunel Escobar 8-for-21

Kelly Johnson 2-for-8

Luke Scott 5-for-22

ROYALS VS. HERNANDEZ

Billy Butler 10-for-35

Alex Gordon 15-for-31, HR

Miguel Tejada 2-for-12, HR

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 1:05 and 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00) and RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.67) or RH Chris Archer (1-2, 4.80); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubrount (4-3, 4.91) and TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Sign of the times

OF Matt Joyce, an Armwood High grad, invited the Hawks baseball team to the game, put on a show with a homer, then invited them down on the field for photos and autographs, though some obviously didn't come prepared. "I signed some iPhone 5s," Joyce said. "I felt pretty special, pretty important."

Numbers of the day

0 Times Rays batter struck out.

948 Games since they had last done so, July 15, 2007.

Quote of the day

"I'm not gonna smile. There's no smiling."

Royals RHP Wade Davis, on facing his former Rays teammates today

Shocking stat of the day

102.4 mph: Speed of the ball off the bat that hit Alex Cobb, per Sun Sports TV.

 
Comments
Steven Souza trade: Instant reaction to the Rays latest deal

Steven Souza trade: Instant reaction to the Rays latest deal

The Rays traded right fielder Steven Souza, Jr., their 2017 team MVP, to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in a three-team deal for Arizona's No. 2 prospect, lefty Anthony Banda, Yankees infield prospect Nick Solak and two players to be named...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays trade team MVP Steven Souza Jr. in three-team deal that nets prospects

Rays trade team MVP Steven Souza Jr. in three-team deal that nets prospects

The Rays continued the tear down of their current team to build for the future, trading 2017 team MVP Steven Souza Jr. in a three team deal with the Diamondbacks and Yankees that brought them advanced level prospects.In the deal, the Rays got 2B Nick...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Steven Souza Jr. on Rays’ roster moves: ‘This is not a shocker’

Steven Souza Jr. on Rays’ roster moves: ‘This is not a shocker’

PORT CHARLOTTE — RF Steven Souza Jr. returned to camp Tuesday after missing four days while he went home to Seattle to attend to a family matter.When asked if everything was okay, Souza said, "Right now. We'll just leave it at that."S...
Updated: 3 hours ago
After whirlwind few days, C.J. Cron joins Rays

After whirlwind few days, C.J. Cron joins Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE – C.J. Cron knew he was spending Tuesday night in a Punta Gorda hotel. Beyond that, he knew little of his future with the Rays."I haven't talked to anybody about anything really," Cron said.The right-handed hitting first baseman ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Who is new Rays 1B/DH C.J. Cron? 10 things to know

Who is new Rays 1B/DH C.J. Cron? 10 things to know

Acquired Saturday night from the Angels (for a player to be named – a minor-leaguer, and not a top prospect), 1B/DH C.J. Cron is expected to join the Rays today in Port Charlotte.Here are 10 things to know about him:1. Full name: Christopher Jo...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays tread new turf (literally) for second straight year

Rays tread new turf (literally) for second straight year

PORT CHARLOTTE — Tropicana Field is getting new turf — again.Shaw Sports will replace the surface installed last spring in a mutual decision with the Rays that it did not look as good — from the stands or on TV — as expected.T...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Longtime fan Dick Vitale sounds off on Rays’ latest roster moves

Longtime fan Dick Vitale sounds off on Rays’ latest roster moves

Longtime and extremely popular ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale is arguably the Rays' most prominent fan.The Lakewood Ranch resident has season tickets adjacent to the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field and is often seen at Rays games.A...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Is ‘The Ray Tank’ a noun, or a verb?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Is ‘The Ray Tank’ a noun, or a verb?

The name of the Rays’ new blog, "The Ray Tank’’, inadvertently took on new meaning for fans following the departures of Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson this past weekend.Rick Stroud has the latest from Port Charlotte in his latest podcast, as Kevin...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Ray Tank: Fans have fun with name of team’s new blog

Ray Tank: Fans have fun with name of team’s new blog

Rays fans upset about the team's recent moves found the perfect target for their ridicule Monday when the team announced the name of its new blog.The Ray Tank.Announcing... The Ray Tank!Our new blog will have behind-the-scenes stories, photos, and mo...
Updated: 6 hours ago
As Kevin Kiermaier blasts changes, Rays see empowered Kevin Cash as stabilizer

As Kevin Kiermaier blasts changes, Rays see empowered Kevin Cash as stabilizer

PORT CHARLOTTE — The list of those no longer with the team was going to be noteworthy no matter what Monday as the holdovers, newcomers and wannabes gathered for the first full-squad workout in Camp Dis-A-Ray.Then even before Rays manager Kevin...
Published: 02/19/18