Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon wines Black; Lueke's beard; Loggins, '80s Night

Rays vs. Padres

When/where: 6:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

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

Probable pitchers:

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.79)

Padres: RH Burch Smith (MLB debut)

Bounce back: Hellickson is winless in his past three starts, and opponents have hit .417 against him when he has the lead. He is 1-0 with a 3.93 ERA in three home starts this season.

New guy: Smith, the Padres' 14th-round pick in 2011 out of Oklahoma, is scheduled to make his big-league debut. He went 1-2 with a 1.15 ERA in six starts at Double-A San Antonio.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. Smith

None have faced

Padres VS. Hellickson

None have faced

On deck

Sunday: vs. Padres, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 4.66); Padres — Eric Stults (3-2, 4.50)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (6-0, 2.14); Red Sox — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brandon Gomes, lat strain, 15-day, retroactive May 8

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

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

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Let it grow

When RHP Josh Lueke was sent back to minor-league camp this spring, per team rules, he had to shave the bushy beard he sported all winter. Lueke kept his "power" mustache but would need a lengthy big-league stint to grow the beard back. "It's a seven-month process, so I don't know if I can get that back," he said. "I'm sure going to give it a whirl, and as long as the fiancee (Taylor) doesn't really put too much complaint in, then we'll let it go."

Danger zone

Kenny Loggins will perform after tonight's game during '80s Night at the Trop, likely playing his hits Footloose and Danger Zone.

Gift of the day

Manager Joe Maddon (left) sent a bottle of 2009 Emilio Moro wine to his longtime friend, Padres manager Bud Black, with specific instructions. "I think I wrote on it, 'Do not open until World Series of 2013, that would be the Pad-Rays World Series,' " Maddon said. "Let's see if that works out."

   
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