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Rays-Orioles Wednesday 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,, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: $2 hot dogs and fountain drinks

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Matt Moore (1-1, 3.60)

ORIOLES: RH Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.42)

On Moore: Coming off Friday's loss at Yankees, throwing 110 pitches (his most since June 2013) in 6⅔. Has allowed one or no runs in all three home starts. Is 4-4, 3.83 in 10 games vs. O's.

On Tillman: Coming off no-decision against Blue Jays, allowing two runs on four hits. Has allowed 24 baserunners in 18⅓ innings. Is 6-9, 4.19 in 21 starts vs. Rays, 2-3, 2.93 in nine starts at Trop.

Key matchups


Logan Forsythe 7-for-22

Desmond Jennings 2-for-22

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-18

Evan Longoria 17-for-51, 7 HRs


Chris Davis 3-for-18

J.J. Hardy 6-for-25, HR

Adam Jones 11-for-24, 2 HRs

Matt Wieters 8-for-17, 2 HRs

Tweet deck

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg showed a good sense of humor, and optimism, during a Twitter session with fans.

A question: "If two trains start 30 miles apart and are traveling 60 mph, will Logan Morrison still be hitting .080 when they meet?"

Sternberg's answer: "His average will increase dramatically over the next 2 weeks. Also, the trains will collide in approximately 15 min."

Sternberg also said the Rays are "very" intent on getting a contract extension with CF Kevin Kiermaier, the best offseason decision they made was acquiring OF/DH Corey Dickerson, and they at some point will switch to road jerseys that say Tampa Bay rather than Rays.

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (1-2, 2.51); Jays — RH Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 3.33)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 6.10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (1-4, 5.47); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (3-0, 2.42)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.58); Jays — RH Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.37)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Orioles Wednesday preview 04/26/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 11:13pm]
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