Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon's special guest; ceremonial first pitches

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $19-$300, at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Fernando Rodney figurine with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem. See raysbaseball.com/tandems.

Probable pitchers:

Rays:

LH Matt Moore (8-0, 2.29)

Yankees:

LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.13)

On Moore: He can become the fifth-youngest pitcher since 1916 and second youngest lefty to begin a season 9-0 exclusively as a starter. He is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA in five starts against the Yankees.

On Nuno: The rookie racked up eight scoreless innings to begin his career before allowing a winning homer to the Orioles' Nate McLouth on Tuesday. He has made three appearances, and in his one start, he tossed five shutout innings May 13 in Cleveland.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Nuno

Have never faced

Yankees VS. Moore

Robinson Cano4-for-9, HR

Curtis Granderson 0-for-7

Vernon Wells 1-for-9

On deck

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (5-2, 2.73); Yankees — CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43)

Monday: vs. Marlins, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jake Odorizzi, (0-0, 5.40); Marlins — Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.31)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Guest of the day

Manager Joe Maddon said the "highlight" of Thursday's Sneaker Soiree in Tampa was meeting Kevin Garcia, 18 (center) a Strawberry Crest High senior who played basketball despite having scoliosis. Maddon had Garcia as his special guest Friday, giving him a personalized jersey, introducing him to players and having him present LHP David Price (left) with his Rays Moment of the Year award. "He definitely fits into the 'Ray Way,' of doing things," Maddon said. Garcia was surprised and had a blast. "I'm a No. 1 Rays fan," Garcia said. "I used to like the Yankees, but I don't like the Yankees anymore."

Pitch of the day I

When Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn (right) saw 7-year-old Cameron Copple throw a perfect strike for the first ceremonial first pitch Friday, he knew he had a tough act to follow. But Buckhorn, doing the honor for the fifth time, got his over the plate, too. "So far, they've all been strikes," he said, joking. "I don't know how many I have left in my arm at (age) 54, but it's fun."

Pitch of the day II

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before today's game against the Yankees.

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