Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Pink aplenty, the late-arriving outfielder

Power of pink

The Rays found different ways to commemorate Mother's Day, with 1B James Loney doing his own tribute, using 2Pac's Dear Mama as his walk-up song. There was also plenty of pink due to MLB's breast cancer awareness initiative, with many players wearing pink wristbands or arm sleeves, and swinging pink bats. Even the baseballs were stitched in pink. 3B Ryan Roberts, who has had several people he grew up with battle cancer, said he'd like to use a pink bat all year, if MLB allowed it. "It's kind of like having a voice, and not whispering," he said. "If one guy did it, many others would follow."

Sharing the highlight

RF Sean Rodriguez, who had a "front-row seat," to CF Sam Fuld's leaping catch in the first inning, hopes he will make a cameo in the highlight for being so close. "I told him, yes, I'm coming on SportsCenter for that," Rodriguez said, smiling. "They're going to see me come in at the last second after he catches. They saw him making the play but I come on. There's no such thing as bad publicity."

A son's surprise

2B Ben Zobrist walked into the clubhouse Sunday morning with flowers, a special Mother's Day surprise. Zobrist said his 4-year-old son, Zion, wanted to give his mother, Julianna, flowers, so he bought them on the way to the park, with the exchange set for after the game.

Today: off

Next game: Tuesday vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports.

Probable pitchers: Rays — LHP Matt Moore (6-0, 2.14); Red Sox — RHP John Lackey (1-3, 2.82)

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (1-3, 4.78); Red Sox — Jon Lester (5-0, 2.73)

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-2, 3.09); Red Sox — Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.40)

Quote of the day

"I mean, he took a horrible route and probably got himself on TV because of it. All joking aside, it was a decent catch."

Sam Fuld, Rays CF on RF Matt Joyce's over-the-shoulder grab in the ninth inning Sunday

Rays disabled list

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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