Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Postgame party a big hit

Rays at Angels

When/where: 10:25 tonight; Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (8-6, 3.30)

ANGELS: RH Jerome Williams (5-10, 4.68)

On Price: Took loss Friday in Oakland, pitching into the eighth. Is 7-2 with 2.12 ERA in 12 starts since coming off DL, walking just seven of 336 batters. Is 4-2, 3.00 in eight starts against Angels.

On Williams: Hasn't won since June 12, going 0-8 with a 6.15 ERA in 15 appearances (13 starts), allowing 85 hits and 29 walks in 712/3 innings. Three shutout relief innings against Rays Aug. 28. Is 1-0, 1.85 in seven appearances.

Key matchups

Rays VS. WILLIAMS

Desmond Jennings 1-for-7

Kelly Johnson 8-for-19

Evan Longoria 1-for-6, HR

ANGELS VS. PRICE

Josh Hamilton 6-for-27

Mike Trout 0-for-2

Mark Trumbo 5-for-12, HR

On deck

Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82); Mariners — Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.92)

Saturday: at Mariners, 9:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (8-6, 3.14); Mariners — James Paxton (MLB debut)

Sunday: at Mariners, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (15-3, 3.27); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (12-8, 2.97)

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's/Tex. 80-59 .576—

Rays 77-61 .558

Yankees 75-64 .540 2½

Indians 74-65 .532 3½

Orioles 73-65 .529 4

* Late game not included

Party time

Manager Joe Maddon said the Tuesday night "Win or Weep Party" at Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach, Calif. — a party he decided in mid afternoon to arrange as a team bonding/loosening event — went well, especially after the 7-1 win. About 20 players were there, including Evan Longoria, Delmon Young, Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce, and much of the staff, including radio man Dave Wills, Maddon joking they had to twist his arm. "It was great," Maddon said. "I think everybody had a good time. Mission accomplished." … Maddon said no one took advantage of the offer he put on Twitter en route of a free beer for fans who showed up in Rays gear. "I put out the tweet at the right time," he joked.

Select company

Roberto Hernandez joined an interesting group by working the last 32/3 innings Tuesday. He became one of four Rays to have a save and a complete game in the same season:

Roberto Hernandez, 2013, 1 CG, 1 SV

Matt Garza, 2010, 3 CG, 1 SV

Joe Kennedy, 2003 1 CG, 1 SV

Albie Lopez, 2000 4 CG, 2 SV

, Special bond

RHP Joel Peralta said he was caught at the right moment by the kiss-cam Tuesday since he was sitting next to RHP Brandon Gomes, and obliged. "That's my boy," Peralta said. "Him and (Fernando) Rodney."

 
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