Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Mystery man; rare West Coast road trip; AL wild-card standings

Rays at A's

When/where: 9:07 tonight; O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

Radio: 620-AM (no TV)

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.87)

A's: RH Sonny Gray (1-2, 3.18)

On Cobb: Is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in three starts since coming off the DL (hit by line drive). Is 2-0, 1.42 against 2012 playoff teams. Is 2-1, 2.93 in four starts against Oakland, winning last three.

On Gray: Rookie has made four starts since joining rotation Aug. 10, going 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA. Made two July relief appearances. Knocked out in fourth inning of last start, against Orioles.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Gray

None have faced

A's vs. Cobb

Alberto Collaspo 0-for-10

Yoenis Cespedes 1-for-7

Coco Crisp 5-for-11, HR

Jed Lowrie 4-for-4

On deck

Sunday: at A's, 4:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.95); A's — A.J. Griffin (11-9, 3.94)

Monday: at Angels, 9:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Angels — TBA

Tuesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Angels — TBA

Wednesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Angels — TBA

Rays disabled list

• DH Luke Scott, back spasms, 15-day, eligible Aug. 30

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

• LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

• 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 until September

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's76-58 .567—

Rays 75-58 .564

Orioles71-62.5344

Yankees71-63 .5304½

Indians 71-63 .530 4½



And you are?

An immense traffic hassle wasn't the only odd event for the Rays on Friday. Shortly before their bus arrived at the A's stadium, a young man walked into the clubhouse and sat down at a table, telling Joel Peralta (right) he had just been traded over and wanted to know where his locker was. Peralta thought something was odd and told him to ask a clubhouse staffer. The man got up and left. "Something didn't seem right," Peralta said. "And then I saw he had a cigarette behind his ear."

Tripping

By the Rays' count, this is the 46th time in 16 seasons they have come to the West Coast. But it is only the second trip during which they will visit all three American League cities: Oakland, Anaheim and Seattle. The other time was 2010; they went 6-3. Overall, they are 178-241 in the three cities.

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