Saturday, November 25, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Pop Cuesta's pitch, Joe Maddon stays dry

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Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 4:10 p.m. today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Fox Sports 1; 1250-AM, 97.9-FM

Tickets: Sold out

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.73)

Yankees: RH Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89)

On Smyly: Threw a career-high 116 pitches in 72/3 scoreless innings at Texas in his last start. Has held lefties to a .178 batting average, eighth-best in the AL. Is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in four regular-season appearances against the Yankees.

On Greene: Will make his seventh major-league start and his first against the Rays. Has allowed only one extra-base hit to righties. Threw eight shutout innings in a 1-0 win in his last start.

Key matchups

Yankees vs. Smyly

Ichiro Suzuki 3-for-7

Derek Jeter 0-for-2

Mark Teixeira 0-for-2

On deck

Sunday: Yankees, 1:40. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.03); Yankees — LH Hiroki Kuroda (7-8, 4.03)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.24); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (14-4, 2.98)

Wednesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89); Tigers — RH Rick Porcello (13-7, 3.11)

Thursday: Tigers, 1:10. Rays —— RH Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.24); Tigers — LH David Price (11-8, 3.21)

Rays disabled list

•OF David DeJesus, left hand

•C Ryan Hanigan, left oblique

•LHP Matt Moore, left elbow*

•INF Jerry Sands, left wrist*

•OF Wil Myers, right wrist

* Had surgery, out for season

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Pop's big night

Legendary Jefferson High baseball coach Pop Cuesta threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday. Cuesta retired at the end of the season, after 43 years as the Dragons' coach. Ex-major-leaguers Fred McGriff and Tino Martinez are among the notable players Cuesta coached.

ALS ice bucket challenge

After being challenged by multiple people to be doused with a bucket of ice water to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research, manager Joe Maddon politely declined: "I much prefer ice buckets in a celebratory manner." Instead, Maddon said he'll double his donation to help raise funds for researching cures for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Back to .500

The Rays are the fourth team in major-league history to even their record after falling at least 18 games under .500. The others, in order by furthest under .500:

1899 Louisville Colonels: Were 16-38; rose to 73-73; finished 75-77

2006 Florida Marlins: Were 11-31; rose to 68-68; finished 78-84

2004 Devil Rays: Were 10-28; rose to 35-35; finished 70-91

 
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