Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon cites Churchill (the manager); Longoria tweets

Rays at Angels

When/where: 10:05 tonight; Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 5.21)

ANGELS: RHP Jered Weaver (9-7, 3.30)

On Hellickson: Makes first start in nine days after forced rest. Is 0-5, 9.00 in his past six starts, failing to get through five innings five times. Is 2-1, 2.29 in four games (three starts) vs. Angels.

On Weaver: Angels ace is 8-3, 2.79 over his past 12 starts, allowing only one run in his past two, though against the Mariners and Brewers. Is 4-2, 3.93 in eight starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. WEAVER

D. DeJesus 11-for-39, 2 HRs

James Loney 9-for-26

Evan Longoria 4-for-10

ANGELS VS. HELLICKSON

Josh Hamilton 2-for-4, HR

Chris Iannetta 1-for-3

Mark Trumbo 2-for-5

On deck

Thursday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-6, 3.30); Angels — RH Jerome Williams (5-10, 4.68)

Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82); Mariners — RH Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.92)

Saturday: at Mariners, 9:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.14); Mariners — LH James Paxton (MLB debut)

Sunday: at Mariners, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41); Mariners — RH Felix Hernandez (12-8, 2.97)

Monday: Off

Rays disabled list

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

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

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, possible September return

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's 79-59 .572—

Rays 76-61 .555

Yankees 74-64 .536 2½

Orioles 73-64 .533 3

Indians 73-65 .529 3½

History lesson of the day

Manager Joe Maddon went historical after Monday's loss, saying: "When Winston Churchill (right) was managing the London Fogs in the British Rounder League, I think at one time he said, 'When you're going through hell, just keep on going.' And that's about all we can do right now." On Tuesday, he clarified that he wasn't comparing baseball to war and very cognizant not to insult those who did serve, wanting "to make sure that everybody understood that this was while Winston was running the London Fog baseball team and not necessarily the country of Great Britain."

Tweet of the day

"Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom. From there you can only go up. I will continue to work for and believe in a better tomorrow."

@Evan3Longoria, after Monday's 0-for-3 made him 2-for-his-last-30 and dropped his average to .263, lower than Yunel Escobar and Jose Lobaton.

Potential date to remember

Oct. 2

Date of AL wild-card playoff per MLB schedule released Tuesday.

   
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