Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon approves of throwback uniforms

Rays vs. Astros

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Ben Zobrist plastic ball and bat set

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.33)

ASTROS: LH Dallas Keuchel (8-4, 2.63)

On Bedard: Has given up eight runs over his past eight innings and two starts at home. Has lasted four or fewer innings in a majors-most five starts. Houston is the only team he has never pitched against.

On Keuchel: Astros are 9-5 in his starts. Among AL leaders in wins above replacement (3.6), complete games (two), opponent's batting average (.226) and ERA. Gave up three runs in 51/3 innings of a no-decision against the Rays last year.

Key matchups

Rays VS. KEUCHEL

Sean Rodriguez 3-for-6

Desmond Jennings 1-for-5

Evan Longoria 0-for-2

ASTROS VS. BEDARD

Dexter Fowler 3-for-7

Jesus Guzman 2-for-2

Alex Presley 0-for-1

On deck

Monday: vs. Pirates, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (2-5, 3.48); Pirates — RH Edinson Volquez (4-6, 4.67)

Tuesday: vs. Pirates, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-4, 3.14); Pirates — LH Jeff Locke (0-1, 3.76)

Wednesday: vs. Pirates, 12:10. Rays — LH David Price (5-7, 3.81); Pirates —RH Charlie Morton (4-8, 3.47)

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Orioles (DH), 1:05 and 7:05. Game 1: Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.29); Orioles — RH Kevin Gausman (3-1, 2.74). Game 2: Rays — TBD; Orioles — RH Bud Norris (7-5, 3.62)

Retro night

The Rays and Astors wore retro uniforms for Turn Back the Clock Night. Houston went with its rainbow uniforms (worn from 1975-86). The Rays designed jerseys to represent an era two decades before the franchise's existence. "The 'fauxback' is really tastefully done," manager Joe Maddon said. "I think whomever came up with our design nailed it." Maddon said he's also in favor of the buttonless, pullover jerseys because they're more comfortable.

Numbers of the day

3 Times Jake Odorizzi lasted more than five innings in his first 12 starts this season

3 Consecutive starts since his first 12 this season in which Odorizzi has gone at least five innings

2 Pitchers in Rays history with at least 10 strikeouts and one hit or fewer allowed in a game: Odorizzi and Matt Garza (June 2008 and April 2009)

Quote of the day

"What you saw tonight, that wasn't all perfect, but it was pretty darn good. That's closer to what I think we're capable of."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on Saturday's 8-0 win over the Astros

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