Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon shows new RV; celebrating Bull Durham

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 95.3-FM (680-AM Spanish)

Promotion: Postgame concert by One Republic

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (6-12, 4.95)

Blue Jays: LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 5.11)

On Hernandez: Hasn't made it through five innings in either of his past two starts. Is 3-2 with a 4.01 ERA in eight career starts against Toronto, including 0-1, 2.57 in two starts this season.

On Happ: Making his third big-league start since he was struck in the head with a line drive at the Trop on May 7. Last time out he allowed just one run over seven innings in a no-decision against Oakland. Is 0-1 with a 10.97 ERA in three career starts against Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Happ

Kelly Johnson 2-for-10, 2 HR

James Loney 4-for-7

Evan Longoria 2-for-4

Ben Zobrist 3-for-5

Jays VS. Hernandez

Jose Bautista 5-for-13

E. Encarnacion 2-for-9, HR

Melky Cabrera 9-for-25, HR

Maddon's ride

Manager Joe Maddon pulled up to the Trop on Friday driving his new 40-foot recreational vehicle that he plans to live in during spring training. He won't be roughing it, as the RV sleeps six comfortably and has four HD televisions, including a 40-inch screen in the bedroom, set up with DirecTV and surround sound. There's also a washer/dryer and dishwasher, and a commercial fridge. Channeling National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation movie, Maddon wants to call it "Cousin Eddie."

Channeling 'Nuke'

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the movie Bull Durham, the mascots of the Triple-A Durham Bulls were involved in Friday's first pitch, with the Nuke" LaLoosh character throwing wild but missing the bull. Manager Joe Maddon said it's incredible how much OF Wil Myers resembles actor Tim Robbins as LaLoosh, both in looks and personality. "We should get Susan Sarandon (who played Annie Savoy in the movie) down here to really let us know what she thinks," Maddon joked. "He's Nuke."

     
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