Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon kicks off American Legion week

Rays vs. Angels

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (7-5, 2.93)

ANGELS: RH Garrett Richards (4-5, 3.95)

On Archer: After going 0-2, 6.59 in his first three August outings, has won his past two, with a 1.93 ERA. Is 5-3, 3.00 at the Trop vs. 3-5, 3.72 on the road. Has never faced the Angels.

On Richards: Is 2-1, 2.75 in six starts since rejoining the rotation from the bullpen. Coming off a solid start at Seattle, with 71/3 shutout innings. Has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. RICHARDS

Yunel Escobar 1-for-3, HR

Kelly Johnson 2-for-3

James Loney 1-for-5

ANGELS VS. ARCHER

Josh Hamilton 1-for-2, HR

On deck

Thursday: vs. Angels, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 6.00); Angels — LH Jason Vargas (7-5, 3.77)

Friday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-5, 3.28); A's — TBA

Saturday: at A's, 9:07, no TV. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.87); A's — TBA

Sunday: at A's, 4:07, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.95); A's — TBA

Posted up

The Rays officially made it "American Legion" week by hanging the banner from Town & County Post 152 in their clubhouse. Manager Joe Maddon calls it that because he wants the players to just show up and play — no spending hours in the clubhouse, no batting practice — like when they were teenagers playing Legion ball. In return for the banner, the Rays will pick up the tab for beers — and "bar sausages," a Maddon favorite — at the Post on Wednesday.

Kicking off

When the Rays head out for the West Coast Thursday, Maddon wants them wearing jerseys representing their favorite college football teams in their latest themed road trip. Maddon, of course, will rep Lafayette College, where he played QB as a freshman. (Though he mentioned he got a "good luck" text the other day from Ohio State's Urban Meyer.) Asked if he were concerned about players taking their allegiances too far, he said: "A nice friendly brawl is okay within the clubhouse once in a while when it comes to fighting over your favorite collegiate football team."

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rays 74-56 .569

A's 74-57 .565—

Indians 71-60 .542 3

Orioles 70-60 .538 31/2

Yankees 70-62 .530 41/2

 
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