Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Longoria greets pitcher with homer; Cobb waits; Torres sleeps

Welcome to the show

Rays 3B Evan Longoria (right) was the first batter Indians RHP Matt Langwell faced in his big-league debut in the eighth inning Sunday. Two pitches later, Longoria hit a two-run homer. "Heck, at least he's here, right?" Longoria said. "Maybe it won't be the sweetest memory, but he'll remember it."

Foot wedge

CF Sam Fuld got a little help on his leadoff triple in the fourth inning. Fuld lined the ball down the rightfield line, and it caromed off the wall then the leg of the ball boy, who was trying to get out of the way. Indians manager Terry Francona came out to argue that it was a ground-rule double, but because it was ruled unintentional interference, Fuld stayed at third. He scored on an infield single.

Sweet dreams

LHP Alex Torres was operating on only a couple of hours of sleep when he pitched four shutout innings Saturday, thanks to a middle-of-the-night call­up Friday. Torres caught up on his rest following the afternoon game, lying down in his hotel bed by 5:30 p.m., then briefly waking up at 9:30 p.m. before crashing. "I watched the clock and said, 'All right, let's keep sleeping,' " he said, smiling.

Number of the day

16 Innings thrown by the Rays bullpen in the three-game series, allowing just two unearned runs and striking out 15.

The waiting game

RHP Alex Cobb said the toughest part of having his start pushed back until Wednesday, thanks to a cut near the fingernail on his right middle finger, is the long wait between outings. "I just feel kind of useless," Cobb said. "I've been on the DL before and had that feeling. It's not quite that. You just feel apart from the team. It's weird because it's only been a couple extra days past my start day, but I just feel like I want to get back out there."

On deck

Tuesday: at Tigers, 7:08, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (8-0, 2.18); Tigers — RH Anibal Sanchez (5-5, 2.79)

Wednesday: at Tigers, 7:08, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.66); Tigers — RH Doug Fister (5-2, 3.65)

Thursday: at Tigers, 1:08, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 4.87); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (7-0, 3.42)

Rays disabled list

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

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

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

• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

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