Monday, May 28, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Price gets history lesson from video game

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 8; Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (7-7, 3.50)

TIGERS: RH Rick Porcello (11-4, 3.12)

On Price: Over past seven starts has 2.18 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 532/3 innings, though is only 3-3. Leads majors with 153 K's. Is 4-1, 2.23 in seven games vs. Tigers, though this is first since June 2012.

On Porcello: Has thrown back-to-back shutouts, the second with no K's or walks and 17 groundball outs. Suspended six games in 2013 for throwing at Ben Zobrist. Is 2-2, 2.73 in five starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. PORCELLO

Desmond Jennings 3-for-10

Matt Joyce 1-for-8

Ben Zobrist 1-for-8

TIGERS VS. PRICE

Miguel Cabrera 1-for-14

Torii Hunter 6-for-19

Ian Kinsler 8-for-31, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.18); Royals — RH James Shields (8-4, 3.93)

Tuesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (4-6, 4.81); Royals — LH Jason Vargas (8-3, 3.32)

Wednesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.28); Royals — RH Yordano Ventura (6-7, 3.07)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-5, 3.16); Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (10-5, 2.50)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 4:10. Rays — LH David Price (7-7, 3.50); Jays — RH Drew Hutchinson (6-6, 3.81)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Out of tune

Turns out Joe Maddon on Thursday was the third manager in the past 40 years to compose a lineup that, by the numbers corresponding to positions, read 8675309, matching the lyrics in the 1982 novelty pop song Jenny by one-hit wonder Tommy Tutone. And he was the third to lose — and to score only one run. Stats Inc. found two other examples: Doc Edwards' Indians lost to the Twins 3-1 on Sept. 19, 1987, and Bobby Mattick's Blue Jays lost to the A's 12-1 on May 11, 1980.

Price quasi-historical quotes of the day

"You can put these guys in the Polo Grounds and they're still going to have the same numbers."

David Price, speaking about the Tigers' potent lineup and the famously cavernous stadium in New York last used in 1963

"It was on a video game. That's how I knew."

Price, admitting the basis for his seemingly impressive historical reference

 
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