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Rays: New travel secretary earns praise

Rays at Royals

When/where: 8:10 tonight, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (1-0, 3.00)

ROYALS: RH Yordano Ventura (0-1, 3.52 in '13)

On Archer: Coming off a big week in which he signed a new deal guaranteeing $25.5 million over six years and beat the Jays. Lost to Royals in June 2012 game that was his second big-league start.

On Ventura: Hard thrower makes his season debut, having been rained out Thursday. Clocked at 102.8 mph last season while making three starts, averaged 98 mph. Had 23 Ks in 231/3 spring innings.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Ventura

None have faced

Royals vs. archer

Billy Butler0-for-3

Alex Gordon1-for-3

Eric Hosmer1-for-2

On deck

Wednesday: at Royals, 2:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 0.00); Royals — RH Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.65)

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Reds, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (1-0, 4.05); Reds — RH Johnny Cueto (0-0, 1.93)

Saturday: at Reds, 1:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (0-1, 3.00); Reds — LH Tony Cingrani (0-0, 0.00)

Sunday: at Reds, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-1, 3.18); Reds — RH Homer Bailey (0-0, 8.31)

Rays disabled list

INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, April 14 (on rehab assignment)

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Good job of the day

Manager Joe Maddon had praise for Chris Westmoreland, on his first official journey after taking over as director of team travel this year, for smooth handling of the annual staff dinner even after a late arrival Sunday night due to mechanical issue with the plane. Noting the appetizers were on the table and drinks being poured as they walked in, "they at the Capitol Grille did a great job, but I think Westy's utilization of modern technology really helped move them along."



Just chillin'

First-pitch temperature was 61 degrees, but Rays manager Joe Maddon came to the dugout prepared, with his usual sweatshirt on, a heavy jacket in hand and two additional hats — a beanie and the Elmer Fudd cap with ear covers — at the ready. "You can call me whatever you want," Maddon said, "I don't care. I think I manage better when I'm warmer."

Quote of the day

"Did he get a ticket for that? I'm curious to see it."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, after being told tonight's Royals starter, Yordano Ventura, was clocked throwing 102 mph.

Rays: New travel secretary earns praise 04/07/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2014 11:20pm]
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