Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Marquee matchup, Longoria bobblehead

Rays vs. White Sox

When/where: 7:15 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LH Matt Moore (11-3, 3.65)

White Sox: LH Chris Sale (5-7, 2.79)

On Moore: Has won his past three starts, allowing a combined four earned runs. Is 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts against the White Sox, including a win April 27 in Chicago.

On Sale: Is winless over his past six starts though has given up three earned runs or fewer in four of them. Is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA in five appearances (three starts) against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sale

Evan Longoria 1-for-5

Ben Zobrist 4-for-8

Jose Lobaton 3-for-4, HR

White Sox vs. Moore

Alex Rios 1-for-8

Alexei Ramirez 0-for-7

Adam Dunn 2-for-7, 2 HRs

On deck

Sunday: vs. White Sox, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (2-4, 4.65); White Sox — John Danks (2-5, 4.38).

Marquee matchup

In tonight's nationally televised game, there will be a premier pitching matchup. Matt Moore, 24, and Chris Sale, 24, are two of the top young left-handers in the American League. "That's neat," Moore said. But Moore is more happy he has been pitching well. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he has been better and more efficient than during an 8-0 start to the season: "I think the last couple of starts have probably been two of his best starts all year."

Going old-school

The Rays will wear retro uniforms for tonight's "Turn Back the Clock" game against the White Sox. The first 20,000 fans will receive an Evan Longoria retro bobblehead.

Number of the day

16 Consecutive games in which 1B James Loney has a hit after Friday, three shy of the club record set by Jason Bartlett in 2009.

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