Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon loves to dirty Dodgers; big fan of Chavez Ravine

Rays at Dodgers

When/where: 4:05 today; Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM (680-AM Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (6-11, 4.75)

Dodgers: RH Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.40)

On Hernandez: Pulled in the fifth inning of his last start against the Giants. Has allowed three or fewer runs in each of last seven starts, going 2-3 with a 4.03 ERA. Hasn't faced Dodgers.

On Greinke: Former Cy Young winner is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his past nine starts. Orlando native is 2-6, 3.70 in 14 games against Rays. He is 9-for-his-last-15 at the plate.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Greinke

Matt Joyce 6-for-15, HR

Evan Longoria 3-for-19, HR

Ryan Roberts 4-for-8, HR

Dodgers VS. Hernandez

Carl Crawford 4-for-19

Mark Ellis 5-for-19

Adrian Gonzalez 1-for-6

On deck

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

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (6-4, 2.65); Mariners — Aaron Harang (5-10, 5.79)

Wednesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-5, 3.36); Mariners — Erasmo Ramirez (3-0, 7.25)

Thursday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Mariners — Joe Saunders (10-11, 4.69)

Rays disabled list

• OF Desmond Jennings, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 19

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 60-day, eligible Aug. 15

• LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 15-day, eligible July 14

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 60-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September.

Maddon's view of Dodger blue

Spending 30-plus years with the Angels, Rays manager Joe Maddon developed a certain opinion of the Dodgers, saying it was a big deal going against them, even in instructional league play. "I used to really pound on our guys, you've got to beat the Dodgers," Maddon said. "They have the whitest uniforms in history, and their tradition and all the stuff about them."

Maddon's view of Dodger Stadium

Joe Maddon has a much more reverential opinion on Dodger Stadium, calling it "iconic." He especially likes how it is set in Chavez Ravine, and he came up with quite an interesting comparison. "I go to the Vatican for the very first time, I'm looking up at all those hills and I think, 'God, it looks like Chavez Ravine,' except for the statues," Maddon said. "So I think for a long time the Dodgers have benefited from this Catholic component."

Stat of the day

0-for-17

Roberto Hernandez, Rays RHP, who starts today, as a hitter. He has struck out 10 times.

 
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