Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Loney draws Stabler comparison

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.37)

MARLINS: RH Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.30)

On Hellickson: Coming off a season-high eight-inning outing at Toronto. Has allowed a .350 average with runners in scoring position, .500 with two outs. Beat Marlins last June 8 in an ugly seven-walk start.

On Slowey: Former Twin is coming off a May 22 loss to the Phillies, when he left with a left lat strain. Has allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his 10 starts. Is 0-1, 6.75 in two starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SLOWEY

Yunel Escobar1-for-7

Matt Joyce1-for-7, HR

Luke Scott3-for-6

MARLINS VS. HELLICKSON

Greg Dobbs1-for-2

Jeff Mathis1-for-7

Miguel Olivo2-for-9, HR

On deck

Wednesday: at Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 5.73); Marlins — RH Tom Koehler (0-2, 3.18)

Thursday: at Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (8-0, 2.21); Marlins — RH Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 3.65)

Call him James 'The Snake' Loney

Manager Joe Maddon often praises 1B James Loney's smooth and accurate throws, and after another example Monday — perhaps inspired by Loney's "Just Win Baby" T-shirt, or his dart-thrower motion — he went for the Oakland Raiders football comparison. "My goodness, it's just like (Kenny) Stabler over the middle to (Dave) Casper. Perfectly led double play. It was outstanding."

All in a day's work

LF Kelly Johnson had an eventful day with two three-run homers, but also an interesting one with a infield pop-up the Marlins lost in the Trop roof and played into a double — "(Matt) Joyce still has me beat," he said — and a steal of third base during an intentional walk to Evan Longoria that he regretted when it was a close play. "I'll never do that again," Johnson said. "I felt I was going to be a whole lot more safe than I was, that's for sure."

Number of the day

6

RBIs by Kelly Johnson, most by a Ray in a game since Ben Zobrist had 8 at Minnesota on April 28, 2011.

 
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