Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Loney overjoyed at birth of first child

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (13-3, 3.44)

RED SOX: RH Brandon Workman (0-0, 5.40)

On Moore: Shares major-league lead with 13 wins. Had a 1-2-3 nine-pitch inning in All-Star Game. Last start was July 11, working 71/3 to beat Twins. Is 1-2 with a 5.48 in four games against Sox.

On Workman: 2010 second-round pick made MLB debut July 10 and first start July 14, pitching into seventh inning vs. A's. Was 5-1 with 3.43 ERA at Double-A Portland; 3-1, 2.80 at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Key matchups

Rays VS. WORKMAN

None have faced

RED SOX VS. MOORE

Jonny Gomes 2-for-9

Mike Napoli 0-for-7

David Ortiz 5-for-10, HR

Dustin Pedroia 2-for-10

On deck

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (5-10, 4.90); Red Sox — Jon Lester (8-6, 4.58)

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (4-5, 4.03); Red Sox — Felix Doubront (7-3, 3.76)

Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62); Red Sox — John Lackey (7-6, 2.78)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Off means off

Manager Joe Maddon really is serious about trying to preserve his bullpen arms, and after Saturday's game, he told RHP Joel Peralta he was going to be off Sunday. In fact, Maddon was so sure of it, he pointed Peralta toward Toronto's tony entertainment area. "Joel I told (Saturday) to have a good time in Yorkville," he said. "We just had to piece it together with the rest of the group."

Proud papa

1B James Loney was understandably overwhelmed by the experience of seeing his first child, Jordan James. Wife Nadia had hoped for a natural delivery during the All-Star break, then was induced and eventually had a C-section Thursday night. "It's an amazing feeling," Loney said. "You don't really know what to expect until it really happens. … It's a feeling like no other."

Quote of the day

"Here we go. We're right where we want to be."

3B Evan Longoria, on the series with Boston

Stat of the day

.235

Rays batting average in 12 games against the Red Sox

   
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