Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Maddon's vocabulary honored by T-shirt

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM, 97.9-FM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.61)

ORIOLES: RH Bud Norris (11-8, 3.91)

On Hellickson: Worked into the seventh with no decision Saturday, striking out eight. Last five runs allowed have been with two outs. Is 9-4, 3.25 ERA in 17 games vs. Orioles.

On Norris: Has been much better at home, going 5-2, 2.86 in nine starts, compared to 6-6, 4.73 in 13 on the road. Is 1-2, 3.96 in five games (four starts) vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. NORRIS

Matt Joyce 3-for-7

James Loney 9-for-18

Ben Zobrist 1-for-10

ORIOLES VS. HELLICKSON

Chris Davis 11-for-27, 2 HRs

J.J. Hardy 10-for-37, 2 HRs

A. Jones 14-for-42, 4 HRs

On deck

Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.09); Red Sox — TBA

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-11, 4.23); Red Sox — RH Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81)

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.06); Red Sox — RH Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.77)

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31); Red Sox — RH Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81)

Rays disabled list

• OF David DeJesus, 15-day, left hand fracture, eligible July 3 (targeting early September)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for season

• INF Jerry Sands, 60-day, left wrist surgery (July 22) out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

The dissembling collection

Joe Maddon is a man of many words, and he reached deep into that vast vocabulary in challenging umpire Bob Davidson's version of the events that led up to their Saturday protest: "I hate to accuse anybody of dissembling, but I'm certain that was not the case." When Orioles TV man Gary Thorne asked Monday about "dissembling" — which means to give a false or misleading appearance — Maddon explained he learned it from his Uncle Rick, who would test his vocabulary when they lived together in Long Beach, Calif. Tuesday, Thorne presented him with a custom T-shirt. On the back, I DO NOT DISSEMBLE. On the front: Speak the truth but leave immediately after. "I love this shirt,' Maddon said. "It might be my new favorite T-shirt."

Numbers of the day

5, 3

Runs Rays scored in previous three games; runs scored Wednesday

AL wild-card race

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's78-54 .591—

Mariners 72-60 .545—

Tigers 71-60 .5421/2

Yankees 69-62 .527 21/2

Indians 67-64 .511 41/2

Blue Jays 67-66 .504 51/2

Rays 65-68 .489 71/2

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