Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Lineup card pays tribute to Robin Williams

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (7-6, 3.33)

RANGERS: RH Miles Mikolas (1-4, 6.57)

On Archer: Hasn't worked more than 61/3 innings in past five starts. Got a no-decision for allowing 2 runs (1 from his error) vs. Cubs Friday. Is 0-0, 2.77 in two starts vs. Rangers.

On Mikolas: Native Floridian has been getting better, allowing three earned runs in past two starts after 25 in first five. First extended run as a starter since 2009. Hasn't faced Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MIKOLAS

James Loney 0-for-1

RANGERS VS. ARCHER

Elvis Andrus 2-for-5

Adrian Beltre 1-for-6

Mike Carp 1-for-4

On deck

Thursday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89); Rangers — RH Yu Darvish (10-7. 3.06)

Friday: Yankees, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.41); Yankees — RH Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 2.21)

Saturday: Yankees, 4:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.73); Yankees — RH Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89)

Sunday: Yankees, 1:40. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.03); Yankees — LH Chris Capuano (0-2, 3.60)

Monday: off

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tribute of the day

The space on the Rays lineup card that coach Stan Boroski usually fills with an inspirational quote Tuesday was instead a philosophical tribute to Robin Williams, passed on by hitting coach Derek Shelton from a friend, and endorsed by manager Joe Maddon. "Totally believe in it," Maddon said.

The Maddon commission

Joe Maddon made his first, and much-anticipated, visit Tuesday to the JFK assassination site in Dallas, and after checking out the views from Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository came away more convinced than ever that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn't acting alone. "Totally conspiracy theorist, absolutely," Maddon said. "I don't believe the Warren Commission at all. I believe there was more than one shooter. … The whole way it sets up right there really speaks to either two shooters or triangulation. It just reeks of a conspiracy on so many different levels."

 
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