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Rays-Mariners Tuesday preview

Tonight: at Mariners

10:10, Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (1-3, 2.72)

MARINERS: LH Wade Miley (2-2, 4.74)

On Smyly: Has allowed two earned runs or fewer in past five starts. Ranks among AL leaders with 47 Ks, .167 opponents avg., 0.78 WHIP (walks and hits per inning). Is 1-1, 3.46 in five games vs. Mariners.

On Miley: Coming off no-decision vs. Astros but is 2-0, 2.42 in past three starts compared to 0-2, 8.04 in first three since trade from Boston. Is 3-2, 2.38 in seven starts vs. Rays, 1-2, 3.09 in five last season.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. MILEY

Logan Forsythe 6-for-21, HR

Brandon Guyer 3-for-13, HR

Kevin Kiermaier 4-for-8, HR

Evan Longoria 5-for-19, 2 HRs

MARINERS VS. SMYLY

Robinson Cano 0-for-7

Nelson Cruz 2-for-13

Chris Iannetta 3-for-5

Leonys Martin 0-for-7

Souza giving back

OF Steven Souza Jr., accompanied by RHP Chris Archer, made a lunchtime visit to his high school near Seattle to share some words of inspiration with the baseball team, which had a playoff game Monday night. "Just trying to encourage them," Souza said. "We try to get involved in the community wherever we can."

Impressive company

RHP Alex Colome joined RHP Rafael Soriano as the only pitchers in franchise history to record the save in four consecutive games. Colome's nine saves are the most for a Rays pitcher through 29 games since RHP Fernando Rodney also had nine in 2012.

Familiar faces

RHP Joel Peralta, who made 296 appearances for the Rays over four seasons, is with the Mariners and coming up on an impressive milestone this week — 10 years of service time in the majors. After spending last season with the Dodgers and battling injuries, Peralta, 40, said he is enjoying being in Seattle, having picked the Mariners based on familiarity with their players and the opportunity in their pen. "I went to spring training and did my thing, and now I'm here," Peralta said. "And it's been awesome. Clubhouse-wise, this is the closest to what we had in Tampa Bay."

Quote of the day

"It took longer walking around to the visiting side."

SS Brad Miller, on the biggest difference on coming to Safeco Field with the Rays as opposed to playing for the Mariners

On deck

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

Saturday: vs. A's, 6:10. Rays — TBA; A's — TBA

Sunday: vs. A's, 1:10. Rays — TBA; A's — TBA

Rays disabled list

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Mariners Tuesday preview 05/09/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2016 10:31pm]
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