Friday, June 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: off Thursday; up next, at Orioles on Friday

Today: Off

Next: at Orioles, 7:05 Friday. Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Chris Archer (0-1, 3.60); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (0-0, 0.00)

On deck

Saturday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.75); Orioles — RH Mike Wright (3-5, 6.04 in 2015)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 1.59); Orioles — TBA

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-0, 5.40); Indians — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — TBA; Indians — TBA

Thursday: vs. Indians, 1:10. Rays — TBA; Indians — TBA

For starters, minors style

Here are the Rays' minor-league rotations, with play starting tonight:

Triple-A Durham

Blake Snell, Matt Andriese, Jamie Schultz, Austin Pruitt, Adam Wilk

Double-A Montgomery

Jacob Faria, Taylor Guerrieri, Ryne Stanek, Chris Kirsch, Chih-Wei Hu

Advanced Class A Charlotte

Brent Honeywell, Hunter Wood, Benton Moss, Greg Harris, Chris Pike

Class A Bowling Green

Jose Mujica, Cameron Varga, Michael Velasquez, Angel Yepez, Genesis Cabrera, Alexis Tapia

Numbers of the day

18 Team-record consecutive games in which the Rays have homered, going back to Sept. 20, the longest such streak for any team since the 2013 Mariners did 23.

5 Innings, of 36, in which the Rays led at the end.

3 Rays to hit three or more homers in the first four games of a season — Jorge Cantu, 3 in 2005; Evan Longoria, 4 in 2009; Steven Souza Jr., 3 in 2016.

2-2 Rays record when trailing after seven innings; they were 7-60 last year and didn't get their second such win until Game 98 (July 24).

Quote of the day

"They beat us at our game today."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Comments

Rays hang on for a 2-1 win over Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG – Many times this season the Rays strategy of opening the game with a short reliever and using the bullpen to finish it hasn't had much success.Friday night wasn't one of those nights.A total of six pitchers held the Yankees and ...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Rays journal: Robertson’s return crowds up infield

Rays journal: Robertson’s return crowds up infield

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays reinstated INF Daniel Robertson from the 10-day disabled list (left hamstring strain). To make room, RHP Austin Pruitt was sent to Triple-A Durham."It's out of my mind. I don't think about (the hamstring) when I'm bend...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

1. SS Willy Adames had a nice night, and there appear to be many more in his future. He had two hits, an RBI and an inning-ending leaping catch on a line drive by Didi Gregorius in the fifth.2. DH C.J. Cron needs to shake things up. Take a different ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Missed time a good mental reset for Rays’ Matt Duffy

Missed time a good mental reset for Rays’ Matt Duffy

ST. PETERSBURG — Missing all of 2017 might have been the absolute worst thing for Matt Duffy.Frustratingly idled as he eventually recovered and rehabbed from ongoing left heel issues, he couldn't play the game he loved, couldn't show the Rays o...
Published: 06/21/18
Updated: 06/22/18
Rays journal: Jake Bauers proves he’s up to speed on bases

Rays journal: Jake Bauers proves he’s up to speed on bases

ST. PETERSBURG – Rookie 1B Jake Bauers has impressed at the plate and in the field since his June 7 promotion.Also, with his hustling on the bases."I knew he played hard; everybody said that at every level,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "I di...
Published: 06/21/18
Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

HOUSTON — The Rays were engaged in a third straight tight, go-either-way battle with the defending champ Astros on Wednesday.Until they were not.A brutal seven-pitch sequence by starter Nathan Eovaldi changed everything, as he gave up three con...
Published: 06/21/18
Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

HOUSTON — The Rays saw a lot on the weeklong trip that ended with Wednesday's game against that Astros, beyond the street hustlers prowling in Times Square and the urban cowboys and girls parading through H-town.There was an impressive debuting...
Published: 06/20/18
Updated: 06/21/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

RHP Nathan Eovaldi said before his rough start Wednesday against the Astros that he was pitching better than his numbers showed. Well … In four starts since his six no-hit innings debut, he's 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA, allowing eight homers, four Wed...
Published: 06/20/18
For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

UPDATE, 6:43: Cash said the key to how the pieced the lineup together was the opportunity to give Cron (who is struggling) and Duffy (who is doing well) back to back days off. … Looking ahead to the weekend, the Rays will use RHP Ryne Stanek as...
Published: 06/20/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Times sports columnist Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud to discuss Kevin Kiermaier's return to the Rays, whether Victor Hedman should win the Norris Trophy for the NHL's best defenseman, Bucs expectations for this season and Barry Trotz's next c...
Published: 06/20/18