Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon compensates for slowing down games

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 95.3-FM (680-AM Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (8-8, 3.43)

YANKEES: RH Phil Hughes (4-13, 5.07)

On Price: Has not won in a five straight starts. Worked first five innings of Friday marathon, allowing 9 hits but only 2 runs. Is 8-4, 3.70 in 20 games vs. Yankees, 4-2, 4.28 at new Yankee Stadium.

On Hughes: Has not won since July 2, going 0-6, 5.98 in 13 games (12 starts) since, allowing 66 hits in 522/3 innings. Failed to get through fourth in past two starts. Is 4-4 4.32 in 16 games vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. HUGHES

David DeJesus 5-for-8, HR

Matt Joyce 6-for-14, 2 HRs

Luke Scott 8-for-19

YANKEES VS. PRICE

R. Cano 14-for-54, HR

Curtis Granderson 6-for-48, 4 HRs

Alex Rodriguez 10-for-40, HR

On deck

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (10-3, 2.90); Yankees — RH Ivan Nova (9-5, 3.13)

Friday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 5.16); Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (13-13, 4.27)

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:05, Ch. 13. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.21); Jays — TBA

Sunday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (16-4, 3.23); Jays — TBA

End of regular season

Rays disabled list

RHP Alex Colome, elbow strain, 60-day

OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 60-day

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

It takes a village

Give manager Joe Maddon extra players, and you know he's going to use them. Especially with more than a dozen relievers available in his bullpen. During the just completed eight-game homestand, Maddon made 39 pitching changes, nearly five per game, including 22 in the four games vs. Baltimore, twice using three relievers in an inning. He made some accommodations, however, to not totally halt the pace of the game. "I jogged (to the mound), I reached down and shot the finger a little bit sooner down to the bullpen, thought I could kind of expedite it," he said. "Nevertheless I knew there was that griping going on as we talk about these games take too long and all that kind of good stuff. But it had to be done."'

And a pitching coach

Given how Maddon often jokes that pitching coach Jim Hickey likes the TV exposure of visiting the mound, he said he'd consider sharing the duties. "Next time I shall let Hickey do those pitching changes because he totally enjoys that trip to the mound and back," Maddon said.

Quote of the day

"I've thought about me embarrassing myself during the celebration."

RHP Jamey Wright, on the potential of making the first postseason appearance of his 18-year big-league career

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