Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Mariners Monday preview

Tonight: at Mariners

10:10, Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Matt Moore (1-3, 4.95)

MARINERS: RH Felix Hernandez (2-2, 2.21)

On Moore: Coming off rough outing vs. Dodgers, allowing seven runs in 41/3 innings. Was 1-0, 2.95 in first three starts, 0-3, 7.00 in three since. Is 1-1, 1.71 in four starts vs. M's, 0-0, 1.35 in two at Safeco.

On Hernandez: Took no-decision in last outing vs. A's, allowing eight runs in four-plus innings. Is unbeaten in 10 starts vs. Rays in Seattle (6-0, 1.58), including 2012 perfect game. Is 7-2, 1.90 overall.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. HERNANDEZ

Hank Conger 1-for-9

Logan Forsythe 3-for-13

Desmond Jennings 1-for-10

Evan Longoria 6-for-27

MARINERS VS. MOORE

Robinson Cano 5-for-20, HR

Nelson Cruz 0-for-6

Adam Lind 1-for-7

Kyle Seager 2-for-11

Familiar faces

The Mariners have a handful of former Rays, including RHP Nathan Karns, who was traded in November for SS Brad Miller and 1B Logan Morrison; LHP Mike Montgomery (traded for RHP Erasmo Ramirez); and free agent signees RHPs Joel Peralta and Joaquin Benoit (who is on the DL). Bench coach Tim Bogar was a Rays coach in 2008.

Quote of the day

"I don't really know why, but whatever works. We traded (Nathan) Karns — the other guys can't hit."

Manager Kevin Cash, joking about the point of his pitchers taking batting practice Sunday to start prep for May 23-24 interleague series in Miami.

On deck

Tuesday: at Mariners, 10:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (1-3, 2.72); Mariners — LH Wade Miley (2-2, 4.74)

Wednesday: at Mariners, 3:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-4, 4.23); Mariners — RH Taijuan Walker (2-2, 1.97)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. A's, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.10); A's — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 18, targeting mid May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

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