Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Orioles Sunday game preview

Baseball and chill?

Before Saturday, the Rays had played nine games when the temperature was 40 degrees or colder at first pitch, and they were 6-3 in those frigid outings. The coldest temperature at first pitch in team history was 33 in Boston on April 17, 2003.

Number of the day

15 Players on Rays' 25-man opening day roster who were acquired in a trade.

Today: at Orioles

1:35, Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers Rays RH Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 1.59)

Orioles RH Vance Worley (4-6, 4.02 in 2015)

On Odorizzi: Coming off solid opening outing vs. Jays, striking out 10 (one shy of career high) in 5⅔ innings. Is used to cold growing up in Illinois. Is 2-2, 4.79 in eight games (seven starts) vs. O's.

On Worley: Spent past two seasons with Pirates, going 12-10, 3.31 splitting time between rotation and bullpen. Was previously with Phillies and Twins, but has never faced Rays in six-year career.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Worley

Logan Morrison 1-for-5

O's vs. Odorizzi

Chris Davis 3-for-13 HR

J.J. Hardy 4-for-14 HR

Adam Jones 8-for-20 HR

Manny Machado 3-for-16 HR

Mark Trumbo 1-for-12

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-0, 5.40); Indians — RH Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.75)

Wednesday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.75); Indians — RH Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 7.20)

Thursday: vs. Indians, 1:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (0-2, 7.20); Indians — RH Danny Salazar (1-0, 1.69)

Opening day roster

Starters (4): RH Chris Archer, LH Matt Moore, RH Jake Odorizzi, LH Drew Smyly

Relievers (8): LH Xavier Cedeno, RH Alex Colome, LH Dana Eveland, RH Danny Farquhar, RH Steve Geltz, RH Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Romero, RH Ryan Webb

Catchers (2): Curt Casali, Hank Conger

Infielders (6): Tim Beckham, Logan Forsythe, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce

Outfielders (5): Corey Dickerson, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza Jr.

DL (3): RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Chase Whitley

Key prospect assignments

Triple-A Durham

P Matt Andriese, Jamie Schultz, Blake Snell; INF Daniel Robertson, Taylor Motter, Richie Shaffer; OF Mikie Mahtook, Dayron Varona

Double-A Montgomery

P Jacob Faria, Taylor Guerrieri, Chih-Wei Hu, Ryne Stanek; INF Willy Adames, Casey Gillaspie, Jake Hager, Kean Wong; OF Jake Bauers

Advanced A Charlotte

P Brent Honeywell, Brandon Koch; C Nick Ciuffo, INF Riley Unroe, Andrew Velazquez; OF Thomas Milone, Justin Williams

Complete minor-league rosters are on The Heater blog, tampabay.com/blogs/rays

Rays disabled list

RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 17, targeting mid May.

RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, eligible April 17, targeting late July.

RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible April 18, targeting early August.

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