Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

Rays: Kiermaier wins team's Heart & Hustle Award

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $28-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Mr. Happy Bobblehead

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.03)

Yankees: RH Hiroki Kuroda (7-8, 4.03)

On Hellickson: Threw six shutout innings in his last start Tuesday at Texas. Will make his sixth Rays start since coming off the DL in July from offseason elbow surgery. Pitched 82/3 scoreless innings in his last home start against the Yankees, in April 2012.

On Kuroda: Is 4-1, 3.86 against the AL East this year. His career 3.04 ERA in August is his best of any month and is the 12th-lowest August ERA in the majors since 2008. Is winless in four starts against the Rays.

Key matchups


Desmond Jennings 5-for-15

Evan Longoria 9-for-21, HR

Matt Joyce 7-for-20


Derek Jeter 2-for-13

Mark Teixeira 6-for-16

Jacoby Ellsbury 6-for-23

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.24); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (14-4, 2.98)

Wednesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89); Tigers — RH Rick Porcello (13-7, 3.11)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Heart and Hustle

The Rays honored RF Kevin Kiermaier before the game as the team's recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award. It honors active players who "demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." Kiermaier made a leaping catch at the warning track to rob the Yankees' Brett Gardner of a hit in the third.

Sold out

The Rays had their second sellout of the season (along with opening day), playing in front of an announced attendance of 31,042 that seemed tilted in the Yankees' favor with Derek Jeter's winning hit. "I totally appreciate what's going on," manager Joe Maddon said of fans' appreciation toward the retiring Yankee great, "but I'm not going to sit here and defend all of that noise in the Yankees' favor in our ballpark."

AL wild-card race

Team W-L Pct. GB

Athletics 73-50 .593—

Tigers 66-55 .545—

Mariners 66-56 .541 .5

Blue Jays 64-60 .516 3.5

Yankees 62-59 .512 4

Indians 62-60 .508 4.5

Rays 61-62 .496 6

Rays: Kiermaier wins team's Heart & Hustle Award 08/16/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Is Bucs kicker Nick Folk a significant upgrade over Roberto Aguayo?


    Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter made it clear.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk is entering his 11th NFL season. He spent three seasons with the Cowboys and seven with the Jets. [LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times]
  2. Tim Tebow Week: 12 stories from his Tampa Bay tour


    Alas, Tim Tebow Week — eight baseball games in eight nights that reunited Tebow with his Tampa Bay friends and admirers — is over. The fun ended Thursday night.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow meets fans and signs autographs before the beginning of the Mets at Threshers game at Spectrum Field on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 in Clearwater. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

  3. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars


    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  4. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half



    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.
  5. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]