Rays at Royals
When/where: 8:10 tonight, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
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.
Rays vs. Ventura
None have faced
Royals vs. archer
Wednesday: at Royals, 2:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 0.00); Royals — RH Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.65)
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."
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.