Rays Report

Rays: Maddon sand gnome, Archer takes train, knocking lefties

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:05 today, Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (5-3, 2.76)

Yankees: RH Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.66)

On Archer: Rookie is 3-0 with 0.41 ERA in his past three starts. Beat Yanks in N.Y. in June in only career meeting.

On Nova: Tough on Rays at home, going 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA. Since rejoining Yanks in late June he is 2-2, 2.72.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Nova

Evan Longoria 4-for-18, HR

Sean Rodriguez 5-for-12, HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-21

Yankees vs. Archer

Robinson Cano 0-for-1

Brett Gardner 2-for-3

Ichiro Suzuki 1-for-3

On deck

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (14-3, 3.17); Yankees — Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.33)

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Mr. Sandman

First, Rays manager Joe Maddon was "immortalized" with a gnome, an early season promotional item that was so popular the Rays added a second giveaway date (Aug. 3). And to promote that event, there will be a sand sculpture of the gnome built on St. Pete Beach this morning. The sculpting starts at 8:30 at the Guy Harvey Outpost (6000 Gulf Blvd.), and should be done between 11 and noon, with the Ray Team prize-givers on hand.

Riding the rails

RHP Chris Archer didn't have much exposure to trains growing up in small-town North Carolina. The 24-year-old took his first ride with the Rays last season, then Thursday ventured out on his own for the 3½-hour trip from Boston to New York. "It was cool, fun, scenic," Archer said. "I just read, relaxed, reflected. … My first big-boy train ride."

Stat of the day

22-11

Rays' MLB-best record against left-handed starters

Rays: Maddon sand gnome, Archer takes train, knocking lefties 07/27/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:00am]

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