Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Preppy look Maddon style; Hellickson's quick inning

Rays at Astros

When/where: 8:10 tonight; Minute Maid Park, Houston

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LH Matt Moore (10-3, 3.95)

Astros: LH Dallas Keuchel (4-4, 4.34)

On Moore: Coming off odd start where he tied career highs in strikeouts (11) and walks (six) in just six innings and won. Is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA since an 0-3, 13.86 stretch. Facing Astros for the first time.

On Keuchel: Was a 2009 seventh-round pick out of Arkansas and made big-league debut last year. Moved from bullpen to rotation in May 10 but had last start skipped. Is 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in nine starts.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Keuchel

Ryan Roberts 1-for-1

Matt Joyce 1-for-5

Ben Zobrist 1-for-6

Astros vs. Moore

Chris Carter 0-for-2

On deck

Tuesday: at Astros, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (1-4, 5,24); Astros — Erik Bedard (3-3, 4.44)

Wednesday: at Astros, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (4-9, 4.98); Astros — Bud Norris (5-7, 3.35)

Thursday: at Astros, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (2-3, 4.40); Astros — Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.99)

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, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Number of the day

4

Pitches Jeremy Hellickson (below) needed to retire Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez in the sixth inning.

'Accidental' preppies

The Rays had typically different takes on the request of manager Joe Maddon (far right) for preppy-style outfits, preferably mismatched, for the Houston trip. From Sam Fuld's popped collar to Jamey Wright's neon shorts to Wil Myers' rolled-up jeans to Joel Peralta (near right), they had it all pretty much covered.

     
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