Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Joyce takes ribbing; out-Giambi'd; Ramos save

Rays at Indians

When/where: 1:05 today; Progressive Field, Cleveland

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.61)

INDIANS: RH Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.08)

On Hellickson: Is coming off a rough May (6.69 ERA) and wasn't happy with his last start, when he allowed five runs and seven hits in 5⅓ innings against the Marlins. He's 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.

On McAllister: Has pitched pretty well, allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of his 10 starts this season. He is 1-1 with a 1.53 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MCALLISTER

Desmond Jennings 1-for-7

Luke Scott 2-for-6

Ben Zobrist 2-for-8

INDIANS VS. HELLICKSON

Mark Reynolds 3-for-18

Nick Swisher 2-for-11

Michael Brantley 3-for-8, HR

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Tigers, 7:08, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.66); Tigers — Anibal Sanchez (5-5, 2.79)

Wednesday: at Tigers, 7:08, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 4.87); Tigers — Doug Fister (5-2, 3.65)

Thursday: at Tigers, 1:08, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (8-0, 2.18); Tigers — Max Scherzer (7-0, 3.42)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.61); Orioles — Jason Hammel (7-3, 5.43)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Off his back

The Rays were having fun with RF Matt Joyce (right) over the fact that the Indians' only hit Friday — a Ryan Raburn fifth-inning double — bounced off Joyce's back as he tried to scale the wall. Bench coach Dave Martinez taped a ball to Joyce's back in the clubhouse after Friday night's game. "I said, 'I need a glove, not another ball,' " Joyce said. "It's embarrassing enough where you're like, 'I can't believe that happened.' It's one of those where you have to laugh with everyone else."

Post-save save

LHP Cesar Ramos didn't initially realize he had picked up his first big-league save by pitching the final three innings of Friday's win. But he was able to retrieve the milestone ball, which was still in the glove of 1B James Loney from the final out. "I thought it was just a hold," Ramos said. "But I guess it was like one of those old-school saves."

Quote of the day

"We just got out-pitched and out-Giambi'd today. That's about it."

Manager Joe Maddon (bottom left) after the 5-0 loss, which included three RBIs from Indians' Jason Giambi

     
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