Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon won't miss Kansas City

Rays vs. Angels

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-$190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.97)

ANGELS: LH C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.30)

On Hernandez: Is returning — likely temporarily — to the rotation after spending a week in the bullpen. His 13 losses are tied for third most in the majors. Is 0-4, 2.20 in 11 appearances against the Angels.

On Wilson: Has won his past five decisions and allowed one run in 71/3 innings in a no-decision against the Indians last Tuesday. Is 4-2, 3.24 in 20 career appearances (seven starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. WILSON

Desmond Jennings 2-for-15

Evan Longoria 3-for-18, HR

Jose Molina 0-for-13

ANGELS VS. HERNANDEZ

Josh Hamilton 7-for-22, HR

Mark Trumbo 3-for-11, HR

Peter Bourjos 3-for-7, HR

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (7-5, 2.93); Angels — RH Garrett Richards (4-5, 3.95)

Thursday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-5, 3.28); Angels — LH Jason Vargas (7-5, 3.77)

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rays 74-55 .574

A's 73-57 .562—

Indians 71-59 .546 2

Orioles 70-59 .543 21/2

Yankees 69-62 .527 41/2

Quote of the day

"They beat us up. We don't like Kansas City, except for their food. The barbecue is outstanding. Beautiful city, love the plaza, one of the best ballparks in the American League. But they've really been unkind to us this year."

Manager Joe Maddon on the Royals beating the Rays in six of the seven meetings this season.

Birthday boy

With eternally youthful LHP David Price turning 28 on Monday, and not traveling with the team to Kansas City, manager Joe Maddon quipped there was "no telling" how he'd celebrate his birthday. Price got sent plenty of well wishes, including a video of RHP James Shields' daughter Camden singing Happy Birthday to one of his figurines. "I love Camden Shields!!" Price tweeted. "Pretty sure she loves me as well."

Number of the day

52 Degree difference between game-time temperature for Monday's game (93 degrees), and the snowed-out game on May 2 (41 degrees).

 
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