Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon not bothered by sign stealing

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Heroes Day ticket and T-shirt for $35.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82)

RED SOX: RH Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.79)

On Cobb: Is 2-1, 2.93 in five starts since coming off DL, including a Friday no-decision at Seattle (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER). Is 2-2, 4.09 in six starts vs. Red Sox, allowing 6 runs in first inning June 10.

On Dempster: Kept his spot in rotation over Felix Doubront for now. Coming off wins over White Sox and Tigers. Is 0-2, 2.77 in two home starts vs. Rays this season, 3-5, 3.94 in 10 overall.

Key matchups

Rays vs. DEMPSTER

Yunel Escobar 2-for-14

James Loney 3-for-24, HR

Jose Molina 3-for-3

Red Sox vs. COBB

Stephen Drew 2-for-9

David Ortiz 1-for-4

Dustin Pedroia 4-for-15

On deck

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.55)

Friday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.14); Twins — RH Kevin Correia (9-11, 4.30)

Saturday: at Twins, 7:10, no TV. Rays — LH Matt Moore (15-3, 3.18); Twins — LH Andrew Albers (2-2, 3.35)

Sunday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-8, 3.45); Twins — RH Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.19)

Rays disabled list

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

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

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

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rangers 81-63 .563—

Rays 78-65 .545

Indians 77-67 .535 1½

Orioles 77-67 .535 1½

Yankees 77-68 .531 2

Royals 76-69 .524 3

Steal this sign

Rays manager Joe Maddon has no issue with sign-stealing, which sparked Monday's confrontation between Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Orioles counterpart Buck Showalter. "Everybody should try to steal the other team's signs," Maddon said. "And if you let your signs out there to be stolen, it's your fault, period. That's part of the game to steal signs, man, absolutely. I love trying to do that." As for whom he'd pick in a Girardi-Showalter throwdown? "I don't know, you've got youth vs. experience right there."



Joe's great adventure

Manager Joe Maddon had planned to spend Monday's off day hanging out in his new 40-foot Tiffin Phaeton RV at Fort De Soto, but a transfer switch failed, forcing him to draw all power from the generator, so he went home instead to wait for a repair: "Kind of frustrating. It has a great reputation. It's the Titanic, and it goes down the first time out."

Time out

67-44,

11-21

Rays record in Eastern time zone, others

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