Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon enjoys rare visit with grandchildren

Rays at D'backs

When/where: 9:40 tonight; Chase Field, Phoenix

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (6-4, 2.65)

D'BACKS: RH Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.17)

On Archer: Coming off a relatively rough Friday start, allowing 4 runs over 7 IPs. Had won 5 straight over 7 starts in earning AL pitcher and rookie of the month honors. Never faced Arizona.

On Delgado: Beat Red Sox in last outing and has been on a roll, going 4-2, 2.76 over past 7 starts, allowing 3 or fewer runs in eight of his past nine. Lost to the Rays in a May 2012 game for Atlanta.

Key matchups

Rays VS. DELGADO

Matt Joyce 1-for-2, HR

James Loney 0-for-2

Ben Zobrist 0-for-3

D'BACKS VS. ARCHER

Cody Ross 0-for-3

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Dodgers, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (6-5, 3.36); Dodgers — LH Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.16)

Saturday: at Dodgers, 4:05, Ch. 13. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-11, 4.75); Dodgers — RH Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.40)

Sunday: at Dodgers, 8:05, ESPN. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-5, 4.77); Dodgers — LH Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 1.91)

Monday: Off

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

'Fabulous' family time

Rays manager Joe Maddon got a rare treat Monday, dinner with all four of his grandkids, including the newest, almost 2-week-old Giuseppe Ennio Maddon. "It was fabulous," Maddon said. "He slept the whole time, so he was not nearly as impressed with meeting me as I was with meeting him, but it was great." Both Maddon's son, Joseph, and daughter, Sarah, live in the Phoenix area; the other grandkids are Tyler (11), Coral (6) and Trey (2).

A case of mistaken identity

Several dozen Rays fans were gathered by the dugout, but when RHP Joel Peralta headed out, someone yelled, "Hey Mr. Molina!" Peralta admitted, begrudgingly, that wasn't the first, or even second or third, time he has been confused with C Jose Molina. So what does he make of that? Simple, Peralta said: "I've got to go on a diet."

Numbers of the day

8

Rays players on the disabled list

12-4

Rays' record in interleague play, tied for MLB's best

13

Consecutive non-losing series by the Rays

     
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