Monday, May 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: PETA protesting rays touch tank

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field

Radio: 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Promotion: Cheer sticks to kids 14 and under

Tickets: $10-$190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (12-3, 3.42)

TWINS: RH Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 5.63)

On Moore: June struggles seem behind with a 4-0 mark and 1.40 ERA since and a 17 1/3-inning scoreless streak. Had no-decision in April 2012 against the Twins.

On Pelfrey: The 6-foot-7 former Met beat Toronto July 6, his first start since coming off the DL with a back strain. Has allowed four or more earned runs in seven of 15 starts. Had a no-decision in 2009 start against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. PELFREY

Yunel Escobar 5-for-18

Kelly Johnson 7-for-28, HR

James Loney 1-for-10

TWINS VS. MOORE

Ryan Doumit 0-for-3

Joe Mauer 2-for-2

Chris Parmelee 1-for-3

On deck

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (3-4, 4.18); Astros — TBA

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (4-10, 4.93); Astros — TBA

Call him Disco Joe

Manager Joe Maddon did his best John Travolta/Saturday Night Fever impersonation in taping a video bit for Saturday's Disco Night event featuring KC and the Sunshine Band. "I just had to walk … and I can do that," Maddon said. "I was wearing my desert boots and my Star Trek shirt. Desert boots were big in the '70s — Johnny Fluevog's."

Stat of the day

35

Combined strikeouts by both teams, a record for a Rays game

PETA problem

As if watching Tigers star Miguel Cabrera's home run splash into the touch tank June 30 weren't bad enough, now the Rays have PETA demanding the popular Trop attraction be closed and the cownose rays returned to their natural habitat. The animal rights group sent a letter to team VP John Higgins complaining that the rays are subject to harassment and danger, PETA official Delcianna Winders saying, "When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000." Of 1,276 home runs hit at the Trop since the tank was installed in 2006, two have gone into the tank. Team officials had no comment.

 
Comments
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

* It's always interesting to think of how many amazing plays you see made in a game, then often a simple one — such as the fourth-inning comebacker to Rays RHP Matt Andriese — gets messed up and costs teams heavily, as that led to two run...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rays journal: Pitching plan works, until Sergio Romo leaves in second inning

Rays journal: Pitching plan works, until Sergio Romo leaves in second inning

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Doubling down on their innovativeness and starting veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a second straight day worked out fine Sunday for the Rays.It was the less-effective pitchers who followed, plus the ineffectiveness of their h...
Updated: 10 hours ago
What a long, strange and winning road trip it was for Rays

What a long, strange and winning road trip it was for Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The nearly Yanny-vs.-Laurel level national debate over their latest pitching strategy innovation of starting relievers isn't quite as entertaining today. The In-N-Out burgers in the clubhouse after the game weren't as tasty. T...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Romo not the reason, but Rays streak ends at 6 with 5-2 loss to Angels

Romo not the reason, but Rays streak ends at 6 with 5-2 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif.  – Doubling down on their innovativeness and starting veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a second straight day worked out fine for the Rays on Sunday.It was the less effective pitchers who followed, and the ineffectiveness of...
Published: 05/20/18
For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

UPDATE, 2:27: If the Rays win today, it would be their first four-game sweep since Sept. 20-23, 2013, vs. Baltimore and first on the road since Aug. 16-19 here at Anaheim. … It also would be the first time they swept back to back series on the ...
Published: 05/20/18
Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Playing .500 ball is obviously no goal, and the Rays certainly know that.But given where they came from, that terrible 1-8 start that oozed into 3-12 and 4-13, climbing back to the respectability of .500 would be an accomplish...
Published: 05/20/18
Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The first part of the Rays' new and unusual pitching plan worked so well Saturday, as game "opener" RHP Sergio Romo struck out the first three Angels hitters, that the Rays will do it again on Sunday.That's right. Romo will st...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18
Rays are seeing what it’s like to have missed the Sho

Rays are seeing what it’s like to have missed the Sho

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Rays badly wanted Shohei Ohtani for themselves.From execs to interns, they invested extensive time and money preparing their bid in November, touting advantages they figured would play to both his intense desire to re...
Published: 05/19/18
For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo on the mound for all to see

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo on the mound for all to see

UPDATE, 6:57: And here is the Angels lineup, with Upton:Cozart 3bTrout cfUpton lfPujols dhSimmons ssKinsler 2bMarte 1bCalhoun rfMaldonado cHeaney pUPDATE, 6:50: Eovaldi came through his Friday rehab start will but will make one more on Wednesday for ...
Published: 05/19/18
Rays Tales: How California dreamin’ became reality

Rays Tales: How California dreamin’ became reality

ANAHEIM, Calif. —  They're grown men now, making piles of money and getting treated like kings, lavished with top-shelf equipment, designer clothes and first-class accommodations. But it wasn't too long ago that some of the Rays were ...
Published: 05/19/18