Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

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, raysbaseball.com, 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

RAYS VS. KURODA

Desmond Jennings 5-for-15

Evan Longoria 9-for-21, HR

Matt Joyce 7-for-20

Yankees VS. HELLICKSON

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

 
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