Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Price goes full Vanderbilt

Rays vs. Angels

When/where: 1:10 today; 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: RH Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 6.00)

ANGELS: LH Jason Vargas (7-5, 3.77)

On Odorizzi: Called up for the fourth time this season and makes his fourth start, first since June 18. Since going back to Durham then is 4-5, 2.82 with 64 strikeouts in 701/3 IP. Hasn't faced the Angels.

On Vargas: Is 1-1, 4.50 in three starts since a two-month stint on the DL due to a blood clot. Former Mariner is 2-3, 3.23 in seven games vs. the Rays, including first career complete game in June 2011.

Key matchups

Rays VS. VARGAS

Yunel Escobar 3-for-14

Evan Longoria 3-for-12, HR

Ben Zobrist 7-for-19

ANGELS VS. ODORIZZI

None have faced.

On deck

Friday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-5, 3.28); A's — RH Jarrod Parker (10-6, 3.58)

Saturday: at A's, 9:07, no TV. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.87); A's — RH Sonny Gray (1-2, 3.18)

Sunday: at A's, 4:07, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.95); A's — RH A.J. Griffin (11-9, 3.94)

Monday: at Angels, 9:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Angels — TBA

Rays disabled list

DH Luke Scott, back spasms, 15-day, eligible Aug. 30

OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

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

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

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rays 75-56 .573

A's 75-57 .568—

Indians 71-61 .538 4

Orioles 70-61 .534 41/2

Yankees 70-63 .526 51/2

Price suits up

With a college football theme for today's trip to California and his beloved Commodores opening their season tonight, LHP David Price couldn't limit himself to just a Vanderbilt jersey. So a phone call and an overnight shipment later, Price was on the field Wednesday afternoon in full football uniform — including helmet, though without shoulder pads — and even on the bullpen mound, doing his between-starts throwing, joking "the helmet helped me stay back over the rubber." Price — who plans to wear the full outfit on the plane — even had his ankles taped football style, with a handwritten "Happy Birthday" message to his mom. Price played only a couple of years of football as a kid, deciding he would stick to sports with less injury risk, such as baseball and basketball. He announced that he had some eligibility remaining, but said if he were to play football now he'd be "in between water boy and long-snapper."

And the others

INF/OF Sean Rodriguez had several Miami jerseys in his locker, OF Sam Fuld went with a real New Hampshire (rather than alma mater Stanford), Kelly Johnson was sporting a Texas T-shirt, with more to come today, including at least one other in full gear.

 
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