Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Longoria had momentary scare from streaker

Rays vs. Rangers

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 Chris Archer (9-7, 3.03)

RANGERS: LH Derek Holland (9-9, 3.40)

On Archer: Coming off a solid six-scoreless-inning outing in Minnesota Friday. Has surpassed career high in innings (166, was 1571/3). Faced Rangers last September, striking out 11 in loss.

On Holland: In a major funk, going 0-3, 10.13, allowing 22 hits (5 HRs) in 131/3 innings over past three starts, winless in past seven. Is 4-3, 4.92 in nine regular-season starts vs. Rays; 1-0, 3.27 in playoffs.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. HOLLAND*

E. Longoria 11-for-28, 4 HRs

D. Young 6-for-19, 2 HRs

Ben Zobrist 10-for-30, HR

RANGERS VS. ARCHER

Elvis Andrus 1-for-2

Adrian Beltre 1-for-3

Ian Kinsler 0-for-3

* includes postseason

On deck

Thursday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (15-3, 3.11); Rangers — RH Yu Darvish (12-9, 2.79)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-8, 3.42); Orioles — RH Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.12)

High alert

Rays 3B Evan Longoria was concerned when a man, wearing only tighty-whiteys, ran onto the field Monday, saying he always worries for a split second that such interlopers could be looking to attack a player, such as when tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed. But Longoria said he realized quickly that probably wasn't the case. "He didn't have much on," Longoria said. "And I didn't think he had anything in his hands." As "stupid" of an act as it was, Longoria said, "It was the first time I'd actually seen a quote-unquote streaker, either naked or in their underwear."

10-spot

If RHP Chris Archer gets a win tonight, or in either of his two other remaining starts, it will make the fifth straight season the Rays had a rookie pitcher with double-digit Ws. That hasn't happened since the Philadelphia A's did so in six straight from 1947-52.

Six pack

The Rays on Monday clinched their sixth straight winning season, just the third team to have such an active streak:

Team winning seasons

Yankees 20, 1993-2012

Cardinals 6, 2008-13

Rays 6, 2008-13

Eight franchises have never had six straight: Brewers, Diamondbacks, Expos/Nats, Mariners, Marlins, Padres, Rangers, Rockies.

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