Rays at White Sox
When/where: 8:10 tonight; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RAYS: RH Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65)
WHITE SOX: RH Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32)
On Archer: Coming off solid six-plus inning start vs. Yankees. Is 4-8, 4.09 in 17 career road games, 8-3, 3.00 in 16 home games. Faced White Sox in relief in September 2012.
On Johnson: Second-round pick in 2011 is a top prospect. Has allowed 23 hits, 11 walks, 2 HBPs in 22 innings.
RAYS VS. johnson
None have faced
white Sox vs. archer
Adam Eaton 1-for-1
Paul Konerko 0-for-1
Alexei Ramirez 0-for-1
Saturday: at White Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91); Sox — LH John Danks (2-0, 2.84)
The most interesting hat for Thursday's themed trip to Chicago belonged to Chris Westmoreland, the Rays director of team travel and clubhouse operations, who, with an assist from PR staffer Carli Todd, paid off a lost best.
Former Rays OF Sam Fuld made an impressive debut for the Twins, going 5-for-10 with three doubles in two games. While Fuld played the "just put some good swings on the ball" angle, Rays manager Joe Maddon knew better. "It just works out that way," he said. "Anytime we play against our former players, they have a field day against us. Congratulations, Sam."
Long time coming
The Twins won a series at the Trop for the first time since September 2006, back when the home team still wore Devil Rays green, going 0-5-2 in the interim.