Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon eager to sees Yankees' Old-Timers' Day

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 2:05 today; Yankee Stadium

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (1-3, 5.03)

YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.16)

On Archer: Makes his fifth start since June 1 promotion, lost last two to Red Sox. Has gotten only 4 runs of support. Is 0-5, 6.23 in six career road games, 2-1, 3.13 at the Trop.

On Nova: Called up from Triple A to start, third stint with Yankees this season, was on DL earlier with triceps issue. Is 6-1, 2.98 overall in 9 games vs. Rays, 4-0, 1.83 in 5 at Yankee Stadium.

Key matchups

Rays VS. NOVA

Matt Joyce 2-for-17

Evan Longoria 4-for-16, HR

Jose Molina 2-for-15, HR

Sean Rodriguez 5-for-12, HR

YANKEES VS. ARCHER

None have faced

On deck

Monday: Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 5.50); Blue Jays — RH Esmil Rogers (3-2, 3.14)

Tuesday: Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (9-3, 4.13); Blue Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (4-4, 4.60)

Wednesday: Blue Jays, 12:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14); Blue Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (11-0, 3.05)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

For old-time's sake

The Rays will be interested observers for today's annual Old-Timers' Day festivities at Yankee Stadium, with Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson (left) and Reggie Jackson headlining the list of expected attendees. Among those with Rays connections: Lou Piniella, John Flaherty and Todd Greene. "It's going to be fun," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "They truly do it right and have the tradition to really pull it off. I'm eager. I'll do my work early just to be able to come out and watch."

Too early for old-timers?

Could the Rays, in their 16th season, have an Old-Timers' Day? There are headliners such as Wade Boggs, Fred McGriff, certainly Don Zimmer. And a decent supporting cast of Wilson Alvarez (first pitch), Dave Martinez (first hit), Rolando Arrojo (first All-Star), Roberto Hernandez (save), Toby Hall, John Flaherty, etc. "I guess we could," manager Joe Maddon said. "I'd be kind of curious to see the concept, maybe our old-timers playing another group of old-timers? I don't know if we could field an actual two teams of old-timers."

Stat of the day

9

Season-high walks issued by Rays pitchers.

 
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