Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Orioles Monday preview

Tonight: vs. Orioles

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $15-275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time

Promotion: Free tickets for military

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (0-4, 7.32)

ORIOLES: RH Kevin Gausman (4-7, 4.25 in 2015)

On Archer: Hasn't made it past 51/3 innings in four starts. Has highest ERA among AL qualifiers. Over past 10 starts is 0-7, 6.39. Allowed four HRs April 8 in Baltimore. Is 2-5, 5.03 in 10 games vs. O's.

On Gausman: Makes season debut after being on DL due to shoulder tendinitis. Made three rehab starts, last Wednesday for Triple-A Norfolk, going 0-3, 3.27. Is 2-3, 6.16 in nine games vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. GAUSMAN

Logan Forsythe 4-for-5, HR

Desmond Jennings 1-for-8

Kevin Kiermaier 4-for-16, HR

Evan Longoria 6-for-18, HR

ORIOLES VS. ARCHER

Chris Davis 5-for-14, 2 HRs

Adam Jones 2-for-22

Manny Machado 9-for-22, HR

Birthday bash

Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. celebrated his 27th birthday in style, hitting two homers in 8-1 win over Yankees. In doing so, he became:

• First Rays player to do so and 12th to hit one, first since Ben Zobrist on May 26, 2010.

• First big-leaguer to do so since June 15, 2012, when Trevor Plouffe did it for Minnesota against Milwaukee.

• Second to do so at the new Yankee Stadium, first since May 15, 2009, when Justin Morneau did it for Minnesota. (It happened only once at the old Yankee Stadium, when Bernie Williams did it for Yankees against Rays on Sept. 13, 2003).

Fan club

The Rays swung their way to history, the first team to hit five homers and strike out 15 or more times in a nine-inning game. It was the third time they won in regulation with 16 or more Ks, also at the White Sox on Sept. 29, 2012, and at the Red Sox on May 6, 2000.

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