Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Preppie theme next road trip; 422-foot Myers homer; Maddon believes

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

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: LHP Matt Moore (9-3, 4.13)

BLUE JAYS: LHP Mark Buehrle (4-4, 4.60)

On Moore: Snapped a three-start losing streak with a win over the Yankees on Thursday, allowing three runs over 6⅓ innings. Is 2-1, 3.33 in five career starts against the Jays.

On Buehrle: Has won his past two starts, giving up two runs in five innings against Colorado his last outing. Is 8-3, 4.43 in 20 career appearances (15 starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. BUEHRLE

Sean Rodriguez 5-for-13

Evan Longoria 6-for-20, HR

Jose Molina 10-for-30, HR

Jays VS. MOORE

Jose Bautista 2-for-6

E. Encarnacion 2-for-7, HR

Rajai Davis 5-for-12

On deck

Wednesday: Blue Jays, 12:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14); Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15)

Thursday: Off

Friday: Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBD; Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (11-0, 3.05)

Saturday: Tigers, 7:15, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-3, 4.21); Tigers — RH Justin Verlander (8-5, 3.90)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 7-day, eligible June 23

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

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

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

• LHP David Price, triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Wardrobe note of the day

Manager Joe Maddon revealed via Twitter on Monday that the Rays' next wardrobe-themed road trip — to Houston next Monday through Thursday — will be "accidental preppie": "Looking for shorts & sports coats from the guys. Seersucker and madras encouraged."

Quote of the day

"We believe we can be the top team in this division. We've believed that from the very first day of spring training. We firmly believe that right now as we sit today, regardless of what the standings says." Rays manager Joe Maddon

Number of the day

422

Feet for Wil Myers' second-inning homer, which came in his first career at-bat at Tropicana Field.

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