Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon no fan of split doubleheaders

Double dipping

Rays manager Joe Maddon openly dislikes split doubleheaders, which the Rays will go through today as they make up an April 15 rainout at 1:05 p.m. then play the scheduled 7:05 game. His issue is that the split — done so teams can charge separate admissions — creates too long a day for the players, who will be at the field from before 10 a.m. to after 11 p.m. "It's always generated with one thought in mind, and I understand that, it does pay the bills or whatever," he said. "But when it comes down to the health of individuals, it makes no sense whatsoever."

Hey Abner

Not only do the Rays have the two games today, but they have to come back to play at 4:05 Saturday. Not exactly "the way baseball was drawn up" by Abner Doubleday, Maddon figured. "Abner, really, back in the day, as he was sitting around drawing up the field and dimensions and all that kind stuff, was really looking forward to the day when you could play three games in 24 hours."

Stat of the day

4-10-8

Rays record in doubleheaders

3-6-8

Rays record in split doubleheaders

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:05 and 7:05 today, Camden Yards, Baltimore

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers (Game 1)

Rays: RH Alex Colome (0-0, 4.50)

ORIOLES: RH Kevin Gausman (3-1, 2.74)

On Colome: Called up as 26th man for DH. After serving 50-game PED suspension, was 3-1, 3.54 in five Triple-A starts. One relief appearance for Rays in May.

On Gausman: Also will be recalled from minors. Pitched well vs. Rays last week at Trop before being sent down, allowing five hits in six shutout innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GAUSMAN

Yunel Escobar 4-for-5

James Loney 1-for-6

Ben Zobrist 4-for-7

Rays VS. colome

None have faced.

Probable pitchers (Game 2)

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.29)

orioles: RH Chris Tillman (6-4, 4.45)

On Odorizzi: Coming off dazzling outing vs. Astros, allowing one hit over career-high 71/3 IP, striking out 10. Is 0-1, 4.35 in two starts vs. O's this season.

On Tillman: Is 1-2, 1.80 in three starts since a rough outing in Texas. Took a no-decision vs. Rays in May start, overall Is 2-6, 4.86 in 12 starts against them.

Key matchups

Rays VS. tillman

Desmond Jennings 2-for-16

E. Longoria 11-for-27, 5 HRs

Ben Zobrist 6-for-32, 3 HRs

orioles VS. odorizzi

J.J. Hardy 1-for-5

Adam Jones 3-for-8, HR

Nick Markakis 4-for-6

On deck

Saturday: at Orioles, 4:05. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.25); Orioles — LH Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.84)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (2-6, 4.10); Orioles — RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.48)

Monday: at Yankees, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.29); Yankees — RH David Phelps (3-4, 4.35)

   
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