Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Moore has novel idea to protect pitchers

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $10-$190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, Tampa team store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price (1-3, 6.25)

JAYS: RH R.A. Dickey (2-5, 5.36)

Price's troubles: The Rays have won one of Price's seven starts. He has made it through seven innings twice. He is 12-2, 2.29 in 15 starts vs. the Jays, his best numbers vs. any team.

Dickey's troubles: The Jays have won only two of Dickey's seven starts, and he has made it through seven innings once. He is 1-2, 5.60 in seven games vs. the Rays, with a one-hitter last year.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. DICKEY

Matt Joyce 1-for-7, HR

James Loney 2-for-9

Sean Rodriguez 1-for-7

JAYS VS. PRICE

Jose Bautista 11-for-31, 4 HRs

Melky Cabrera 4-for-9

E. Encarnacion 6-for-27, 2 HRs

On deck

Friday: vs. Padres, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.79); Padres — RH Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.50)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Novel idea of the day

Pitcher Matt Moore — according to pitcher David Price, anyway — has an interesting idea about protecting pitchers from balls hit at them. "What Moore (right) was talking about the other day on the bench is they have a sensor in the ball," Price said. "And if it comes close to another sensor in the pitcher's hat, the ball just blows up. That was Matt's great idea. I kind of like it."

Sigh Young?

Not only is tonight just the third matchup of reigning Cy Young Award winners, this year is just the fourth time the previous year's recipients have combined for only three (or fewer) wins by this date:

2013: Rays' David Price 1; Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey 2

2006: Angels' Bartolo Colon 0 (DL); Cardinals' Chris Carpenter 3

1974: Orioles' Jim Palmer 2; Mets' Tom Seaver 1

1972: A's Vida Blue 0 (DL); Cubs' Ferguson Jenkins 3

Stats of the day

600

Wins for Joe Maddon as Rays manager

33

Consecutive games to start a season with starters going at least five innings

 
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