Saturday, November 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Longoria's new hairdo attracts attention

RECOMMENDED READING


Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 1:10 today, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (2-4, 3.99)

ORIOLES: RH Kevin Gausman (2-1, 3.71)

On Cobb: Snapped three-game losing streak with strong start vs. Astros Friday, striking out 11 (10 on changeups). Is 3-0, 1.73 in four starts vs. Orioles, 2-0, 1.17 at the Trop.

On Gausman: 2012 first-round pick made it majors last May, but opened this season at Triple A. Winless until May 25 while on strict pitch count. Lost to Rays in a June '13 start.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Gausman

Yunel Escobar 3-for-3

Evan Longoria 1-for-3

Ben Zobrist 4-for-4

orioles vs. cobb

J.J. Hardy 3-for-11

Nelson Cruz 1-for-6

Adam Jones 3-for-12

On deck

Thursday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-4, 3.40); Astros — TBA

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (5-6, 3.93); Astros — TBA

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.73); Astros — TBA

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:40. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.33); Astros — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Lowdown on Longo's new 'do

3B Evan Longoria had been sporting a Mohawk for a few days but decided Monday that blondes have more fun. His inspiration for the dye job was actually the World Cup, "and all the interesting hairstyles they have," and supporting the U.S. team. Plus, he thought it would, um, lighten the mood around the Rays clubhouse. "I think everyone has made a conscious effort to do something different or just bring a different attitude to the ballpark, whatever it is," he said, "so this is my contribution."

A team effort?

Longoria said he wasn't expecting the rest of the team to adopt his look but would like to see some others try things similarly odd: "The more Ray-like thing would be for everybody to kind of do something crazy and really express themselves however they saw fit."

And from the top

Manager Joe Maddon called Longoria's look "fashionable" and said that under the right terms, he'd be open to trying it himself. "I'm not beyond that," he said. "With the right motivation, if somebody laid out the gauntlet, I'd consider it."

 
Comments
Rocco Baldelli’s promotion on Rays coaching staff now makes him major league field coordinator

Rocco Baldelli’s promotion on Rays coaching staff now makes him major league field coordinator

The Rays completed the reorganization of their coaching staff by giving Rocco Baldelli the title of major league field coordinator.In being promoted from first-base coach, Baldelli will implement ideas and information from the staff, while assisting ...
Published: 11/17/17
Rays hope to cash in on Alex Cobb leaving

Rays hope to cash in on Alex Cobb leaving

LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays were banking on pitcher Alex Cobb declining their one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer based on the lure of a longer-term and more lucrative deal elsewhere as a free agent.With that decision official Thursday, now the ...
Published: 11/16/17
Commissioner Rob Manfred likes Ybor City stadium site, but must see more support to keep baseball in Tampa Bay

Commissioner Rob Manfred likes Ybor City stadium site, but must see more support to keep baseball in Tampa Bay

LAKE BUENA VISTA — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred didn’t want to talk Thursday about what might happen if the current effort to build the Rays a new stadium at the Ybor City site falls through."I’m more focused on working with the community to figure o...
Published: 11/16/17
A message to Rays fans from Alex Cobb

A message to Rays fans from Alex Cobb

Here is a message from RHP Alex Cobb after he officially left the Rays Thursday in declining their one-year, $17.4-milllion qualifying offer to seek a bigger and longer pact elsewhere:"Getting to this point in my career is truly bittersweet."Twelve y...
Published: 11/16/17
UPDATE: Rays to gain draft pick for loss of free agent pitcher Alex Cobb

UPDATE: Rays to gain draft pick for loss of free agent pitcher Alex Cobb

UPDATE, 5:01: Cobb did not accept the offer by the deadline, as expected.DEVELOPING: Sometime before today's 5 p.m. deadline, the Rays will get official word that their $17.4-million slight gamble on Alex Cobb paid off.The Rays made the free-agent ri...
Published: 11/16/17
As he prepares to leave the Rays, how will you remember Alex Cobb?

As he prepares to leave the Rays, how will you remember Alex Cobb?

Presuming Alex Cobb declines the Rays’ one-year, $17.4-million qualifying offer by 5 p.m. today, he has pitched his last game for Tampa Bay.Cobb has received preliminary interest from "lots of teams" already, agent Dan Horwits said. The Cubs and Twin...
Published: 11/16/17
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says progress must continue on new stadium to keep Rays

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says progress must continue on new stadium to keep Rays

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made clear Thursday that identification of a site for a new Rays stadium is merely the first step for area leaders to show they want to keep the team long-term and that there needs to "consistent forward movement" on the ...
Published: 11/16/17
Sternberg: Tampa Bay Rays' share of new ballpark could be $150 million

Sternberg: Tampa Bay Rays' share of new ballpark could be $150 million

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Wednesday that the team is "genuinely excited" about the proposed Ybor City site for a new stadium and more than "cautiously optimistic" the project can be completed. But ...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Rays journal: No big deals at GM meetings, but possible groundwork laid

By MARC TOPKINLAKE BUENA VISTA — Rays officials left the GM meetings without making any big deals — such as trading Alex Colome or Chris Archer to the Cardinals — but more knowledgeable about the possibilities. "Expectations were to utilize these few...
Published: 11/15/17
Watch: Brandy Halladay’s emotional tribute to her late husband, Roy

Watch: Brandy Halladay’s emotional tribute to her late husband, Roy

For his wife, Brandy, Roy Halladay was so much more than a standout pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.During a a celebration of life ceremony Tuesday at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Brandy remembered Halladay — who died Nov...
Published: 11/15/17