Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Mariners Thursday preview

Today: vs. Mariners

1:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: No TV; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $15-$270; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

Promotion: $15 tickets for seniors in the 200 level

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Blake Snell (0-0, 1.80)

marinerS: RH Hisashi Iwakuma (4-5, 4.13)

On Snell: Back for second big-league start. Allowed one run on two hits and struck out six April 23 in MLB debut at Yankees. Struck out career-high 13 in most recent start at Triple-A Durham, including seven looking.

On Iwakuma: Held opponents to one or fewer earned runs during seven of 10 starts at Triple A before callup. Winless in first three starts with Mariners. Beat Rays in 2013 in Seattle for lone win against them.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. iwakuma

Hank Conger 1-for-9

Corey Dickerson 2-for-3

Desmond Jennings 0-for-8

Evan Longoria 1-for-6

marinerS VS. snell

Never faced.

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, left oblique strain, eligible June 16, out 1-2 months

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

• OF Brandon Guyer, left hamstring strain, eligible June 19, targeting late June

• OF Kevin Kiermaier, left hand fracture, eligible June 6, targeting early August

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

• RHP Ryan Webb, right pectoralis strain, eligible June 12, targeting mid June

Roger Mooney, Times correspondent

Comments
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