Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Motivational T-shirt

Rays at Twins

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Target Field, Minneapolis

TV/radio: MLB Network; 620-AM (680-AM Spanish)

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Matt Moore (15-3, 3.18)

Twins: LH Andrew Albers (2-2, 3.35)

On Moore: Makes third start since a five-week stint on the DL because of a sore elbow. Is 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA in two starts against Twins. Hasn't pitched at Target Field.

On Albers: Rookie makes eighth start since an early August promotion from Triple A, where he was 11-5 with a 2.86 ERA.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. ALbers

None have faced

Twins VS. Moore

Ryan Doumit 0-for-3

Chris Parmalee 1-for-6

Trevor Plouffe 1-for-5

Josh Willingham 0-for-3

On deck

Sunday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-7, 3.51); Twins — Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.25)

Monday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.99); Rangers — Matt Garza (9-5, 3.79)

Tuesday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04); Rangers — Nick Tepesch (4-6, 4.70)

Wednesday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (9-7, 3.03); Rangers — Derek Holland (9-9, 3.40)

Thursday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (15-3, 3.18); Rangers — Yu Darvish (12-8, 2.84)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Colome, elbow strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 28

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

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

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rangers81-65.555—

Rays80-66 .548—

Indians 79-68 .537 1½

Yankees 79-69 .534 2

Orioles 78-69 .531 2½

Royals 77-70 .524 3½



Present tense

Manager Joe Maddon broke out a new message-bearing T-shirt Friday, encouraging the Rays to stay in the moment and not worry about anything else, such as other teams or past games. "We were playing a month ago and somebody was having a hard time with it, and I just yelled out 'Fuh-gedda-boud-it,' and thought that's what being present is all about," Maddon said. "I've been trying to put that message out there all year, and I thought what better time than to conclude at the end of the season with 'Be Present.' "

   
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