Sunday, February 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon honors Nathan's milestone; Call Me Maybe; two-out runs

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 2:05 today; Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Texas)

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (1-0, 0.00)

RaNGERs: LH Derek Holland (0-0, 2.57)

Good memories: Moore's only start vs. Texas was a dazzling one, seven shutout innings in Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS in Arlington. Moore was impressive in his '13 debut with 6 shutout innings.

Tunnel vision: Holland has pitched well against the Rays recently, 1-1, 3.86 in three starts last season, with 24 strikeouts and only five walks. Overall, he is 4-2, 5.36 in eight starts, plus 1-0, 3.27 in postseason play.

Key matchups

Rays VS. HOLLAND

Shelley Duncan 1-for-10

E. Longoria 11-for-26, 4 HRs

Ben Zobrist 8-for-26, HR

RaNGERs VS. MOORE

Elvis Andrus 0-for-3

Adrian Beltre 1-for-4, HR

Nelson Cruz 0-for-4

(Includes postseason)

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (1-0, 0.00); Red Sox — Jon Lester (2-0, 1.50)

Saturday: at Red Sox, 1:05, Ch. 13. Rays — David Price (0-1, 8.18); Red Sox — TBA

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 6.35); Red Sox — TBA

Monday: at Red Sox, 11:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.07); Red Sox — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Gift of honor

Despite the frustration of Monday's controversial ending, Rays manager Joe Maddon, with some guidance from clubhouse manager Chris Westmoreland, was thoughtful enough to sign his scorecard and send it over to Rangers closer Joe Nathan, who recorded his 300th save. Nathan was most appreciative and came over to the Rays dugout before Tuesday's game to thank Maddon.

Call Me Maybe, and more

The Rays released the first five acts in their summer concert series: Kenny Loggins, May 11; Martina McBride, June 8; Imagination Movers, June 16; Carly Rae Jepsen (of Call Me Maybe fame), July 14; Victoria Justice, Aug. 18. For more, see page 2B.

Stat of the day

61 Percent of runs allowed with two outs.

Meet the Rays: James Loney

Rays first baseman James Loney is a movie buff. What are some of his favorite films? Who is the biggest celebrity the former Dodgers and Red Sox player has met? Watch video of Loney answering these questions and more at tampabay.com/meettherays.

 
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