Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Leading the camo charge, channeling Forrest

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 4:05 today; Camden Yards, Baltimore

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 4.43)

Orioles: RH Jair Jurrjens (season debut)

Good and bad: Hernandez beat San Diego last time out and is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in May after a 1-4, 5.28 April. On the plus side, he is 2-1, 3.38 in day games; 0-3, 5.35 at night. On the minus: 0-3, 6.50 on the road; 2-1, 2.92 at home.

New look: Jurrjens gets promoted after going 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts at Triple A. He won 13-plus games for the Braves three times from 2008-11.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Jurrjens

James Loney 6-for-19

Ryan Roberts 2-for-7

Luke Scott 0-for-3

Orioles vs. Hernandez

Adam Jones 5-for-10

Nick Markakis 6-for-27, HR

Matt Wieters 4-for-12, HR

On deck

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (7-0, 2.44); Orioles — Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.40)

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

The Wright stuff

The Rays got creative with the camo dress-up theme for this trip. Some went with more the hunter look and some military style. While Ps Fernando Rodney and Matt Moore had almost-feathered outfits and C Jose Lobaton had a mask, P Jamey Wright, left with Cesar Ramos, stood out in a commanding officer outfit he got at an Army-Navy surplus store. "I just decided I'd look like I was in charge of everybody since I'm the older statesman," said Wright, 38.

Camo quote of the day

"Guys getting on that plane, you'd have thought we could be going to the Middle East somewhere."

Joe Maddon, manager, on the extensive participation

Run, Forrest, run

Joe Maddon noted two others for their military outfits. "Roberto Hernandez was very believable as something out of Forrest Gump," he said. "And actually I thought Sam Fuld was Forrest Gump."

 
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