Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: New catcher reunited with Jays manager

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.11)

Jays: RH Liam Hendriks (1-0, 1.59)

On Archer: Shut out Red Sox for six innings in last start, throwing career-high 119 pitches and going six innings for first time since April 25. Is 2-0, 2.01 in four career starts against Jays.

On Hendriks: Former Twin has one start for Jays this season, giving up a run in 52/3 innings in win over A's Friday. Allowed four runs in 52/3 innings in one start vs. Rays on April 20, 2012.

Key matchups

Rays VS. HENDRIKS

Desmond Jennings 1-for-3

Matt Joyce 2-for-2, HR

Evan Longoria 1-for-2, HR

Jays VS. ARCHER

Brett Lawrie 4-for-10

E. Encarnacion 1-for-9, HR

Jose Bautista 0-for-9

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (4-4, 4.42); Red Sox — TBA

Reunion of the day

Rays C Ali Solis, called up Tuesday, said he couldn't wait to catch up with Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who happened to be the one who gave him the news of his first big-league callup back in 2012. Gibbons, then the manager for the Padres' Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, tried to trick Solis before telling him, a moment Solis said he'll never forget. The two hugged behind the batting cage Tuesday, with Gibbons telling Solis "you're right where you belong."

Multimedia Maddon

Rays manager Joe Maddon took time Tuesday afternoon in his Toronto hotel room to Skype with the sports media class at Sandwich High School, which is located an hour south of Fenway. Maddon said he enjoyed the 30-minute session, which included questions on his daily schedule/challenges. Said Maddon: "They even asked about the little dust-up (with the Red Sox) the other day."

Quote of the day

"If you're going to do it, at least be funny."

RF Wil Myers on unoriginal taunts from Blue Jays fans

 
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