Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Mayors meet on field before game

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (10-11, 4.03)

BLUE JAYS: LH Mark Buehrle (11-9, 3.50)

On Odorizzi: Bounced back from a bad start in Baltimore to pitch the first seven innings of a combined one-hitter Saturday against Boston. Has given up one run or fewer in 10 starts. Is 1-0, with a 3.86 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays.

On Buehrle: Is winless in his past six starts, allowing four runs in six innings in Friday's loss to the Yankees. Is 10-5, 4.19 against the Rays in 26 appearances (21 starts).

Key matchups

RAYS VS. BUEHRLE

Evan Longoria 11-for-39, HR

Jose Molina 15-for-47, HR

Ben Zobrist 9-for-24

JAYS VS. ODORIZZI

Jose Bautista 0-for-5

Melky Cabrera 2-for-6

E. Encarnacion 1-for-3

On deck

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (9-7, 2.98); Orioles — LH Wei-Yin Chen (14-4, 3.83)

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 1:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31); Orioles — RH Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.93)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Meeting of the day

There was quite the power huddle at Tropicana Field before Wednesday's game, as Rays president Matt Silverman chatted with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who was there to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was more small talk than solving the stadium issue. "It won't be that easy," Buckhorn quipped. But Buckhorn said "you're going to see some progress."

Quote of the day

"I just have to throw it one more mile per hour faster than what Kriseman did, that's all that matters to me."

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (far left), on how his ceremonial first pitch Wednesday compared to that of his longtime friend St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman

Gift of the day

A Rays fan in Dorset, England, having noticed that manager Joe Maddon usually uses a Sharpie during games, sent Maddon a package of markers with a note thanking him for all the joy his team brings him. "It's pretty cool," Maddon said.

 
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