Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Lobaton walkoff triple part of multiple rare feats; walkoff record; Maddon's joy

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM (680-AM Spanish)

Tickets: $19-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotions: Lunch box for kids 14 and under, post-game concert by Victoria Justice, Bark in the Park event, Rays welcome mat with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (6-5, 3.10)

BLUE JAYS: RH Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.62)

On Archer: Is 0-2, 6.59 in three August starts after a 4-0, 0.73 July that earned him AL pitcher and rookie of the month awards. Allowed 5 runs in 5 innings Tuesday. Beat Jays on July 21.

On Redmond: St. Petersburg native makes first appearance at Trop. Is 1-0 in six starts for Jays, though with a 3.64 ERA. Shut out Boston into 6th in last start. 3-1, 5.06 at Triple-A Buffalo.

Key matchups

Rays VS. REDMOND

None have faced

JAYS VS. ARCHER

Jose Bautista 0-for-4

E. Encarnacion 0-for-4

Brett Lawrie 0-for-3

On deck

Monday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (6-5, 3.28); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.70)

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (7-2, 2.94; Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez (8-5, 3.84)

Term of the day: RBO — Run Blocked Off

Created by Rays manager Joe Maddon in the mid '80s while working instructional league for the Angels, to represent when a catcher blocks or snags an errant pitch that otherwise would have allowed a run to score. "I used to go nuts when my guys would RBO," he said. "I wanted my catchers to know that was as significant as driving in a run."

About Friday night

Jose Lobaton's walkoff triple was the third by a major-league catcher since 1994, though all since September 2012, joining former Ray Dioner Navarro and Minnesota's Ryan Doumit, and the third in Rays franchise history, joining Ben Zobrist and Sam Fuld. … It was the first game with triples by opposing catchers since May 2003 (Kansas City's Mike DiFelice, a former Ray, and Minnesota's A.J. Pierzynski) and the first in Rays history.

Number of the day

9

Rays with walkoff hits, a team record, in nine walkoff wins total. Team record for walkoff wins in a season is 13 (2001) but with hits by eight different players.

   
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