Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Joyce in unaccustomed position

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:35; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (1-0, 0.00)

Red Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz (2-0, 0.64)

Homeboy: Boston native Cobb has done well vs. the Sox: 2-1, 2.81 in three starts, though with 10 walks in 16 IP. He made his first opening day roster, picking up where he left off, now 8-1, 2.78 over his past 12 starts.

Man of Clay: Though 5-5, 2.76 overall vs. the Rays, Buchholz has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts against them. He was 1-3, 3.99 in six starts vs. the Rays last year.

Key matchups

Rays VS. BUCHHOLZ

Matt Joyce 6-for-18

Evan Longoria 11-for-44, 2 HR

Jose Molina 7-for-17

RED SOX VS. COBB

Stephen Drew 2-for-3

Daniel Nava 1-for-4

Dustin Pedroia 0-for-6

On deck

Monday: at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m., Sun Sports. Rays — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 6.35); Red Sox — RHP Ryan Dempster (0-1, 3.60)

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.08); Orioles — RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 7.20)

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LHP Matt Moore (2-0, 0.00); Orioles — RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 7.20)

Thursday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LHP David Price (0-1, 5.82); Orioles — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 2.92)

Rays disabled list

RHP Jeff Niemann, sore shoulder, 15-day, eligible April 13

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, eligible May 30

DH Luke Scott, calf strain, 15-day, eligible April 8.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Matt Joyce, come on in

With the potential winning run on third and one out in the 10th against Boston on Saturday, the Rays went to a five-man infield. Given the players available, that meant bringing Matt Joyce in from leftfield to third base, where he was least likely to see action with a lefty hitter up. Joyce, who last played infield in high school, wasn't shocked because Desmond Jennings and Sam Fuld were the other options. "That was a little different," he said. "I'd like to think I was ready."'

Gomes-on-Gomes action

Rays RHP Brandon Gomes and former Rays OF Jonny Gomes matched up for the third time in their careers, with Jonny drawing his second walk. Brandon hit him the other time. At some point you'd think there would be a more definitive outcome. "Let's say we get him out first before he gets a hit," Brandon said. "I'm going to go for that one."

Meet the Rays: Fernando Rodney

Why does Rays closer Fernando Rodney wear his cap to the side? Why does he like to make animal sounds? What's the biggest fish he has caught? What's up with his bow and arrow celebration? Watch video of Rodney answering these questions and more at tampabay.com/meettherays.

     
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