Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Kevin Kiermaier's defense dazzles

Today: off

Next game: vs. A's, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.89); A's — LH Drew Pomeranz (3-1, 1.14)

On deck

Wednesday: A's, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-1, 2.78); A's — LH Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.10)

Thursday: A's, 4:10. Rays — TBA; A's — RH Sonny Gray (4-1, 2.17)

Friday: Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (4-4, 4.28) or RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (5-3, 4.01)

Saturday: Red Sox, 4:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59) or LH David Price (4-4, 4.28); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-1, 3.94)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Kevin Kiermaier quotes of the day

"He can definitely dunk. He proved that with that catch."

Rays LHP David Price

"He's a different animal when it comes to defense."

Rays manager Joe Maddon

Numbers of the day

19 Runs scored by the Rays on the seven-game trip

7 Runs scored in the three wins: 2-1, 2-0, 3-0

11 Homers allowed by LHP David Price in 691/3 IP, 2nd most in AL

77, 6 Strikeouts and walks by Price for an MLB best ratio of 12.83

Place in history

Angels RHP Matt Shoemaker's performance against the Rays on Sunday made him the third pitcher in history to allow three or fewer hits and log at least three strikeouts in his first three career starts. The others? Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson in 2010, and Dodgers RHP Chan Ho Park in 1995-96.

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