Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: More Maddon gnomes; more for Moore; OneRepublic

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Probable pitchers

Rays LH Matt Moore (4-0, 1.04)

White Sox

RH Gavin Floyd (0-3, 4.98)

To the Matt: Moore has been on a roll, allowing only three earned runs and 10 hits in his first four starts (26 innings). He is coming off a career-high 117 pitches. Is 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA in two starts against the Sox.

Gavin to Gavin: Floyd, who has had 10-plus wins the past five years, is off to the first 0-3 start of his career and allowing a .298 average. Is 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA in four career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Floyd

Jose Molina 2-for-10

Evan Longoria 3-for-13, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 5-for-16, 3 HR

Sox vs. Moore

Adam Dunn 1-for-4, HR

Paul Konerko 0-for-5

Alexei Ramirez 0-for-5

On deck

Sunday: at White Sox, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (0-2, 5.52); Sox —Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 3.80)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Royals, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82); Royals — James Shields (1-2, 3.09)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• DH Luke Scott, calf strain, 15-day, eligible April 8

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Gnome note of the day

Due to the popularity of the Joe Maddon gnome giveaway — they were selling for around $50 on eBay again Friday — the Rays are considering adding another giveaway date.

What Moore?

LHP Matt Moore looks to push his record to 5-0 tonight, which would match Boston's Clay Buchholz for the major-league wins lead and give Moore the team record for April wins. He is the first pitcher 23 or younger to win his first four starts with an ERA of 1.10 or better since the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.

Reason to apologize: OneRepublic added

The band OneRepublic, which had the big hit Apologize, has been added to the concert series. It will play Aug. 17 after the Rays-Blue Jays game.

 
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