Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Price milks a cow; Maddon's cologne

Rays at Angels

When/where: 9:05 tonight; Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Cesar Ramos (1-2, 3.71)

Angels: LH C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.69)

On Ramos: Coming off a rough outing in Seattle, allowing nine runs (five earned) over his first three innings, then retiring his final 12 batters. Grew up in the L.A. area. Has made five relief appearances against the Angels, with a 10.12 ERA.

On Wilson: Roughed up in his last start, in Toronto, allowing five runs over six innings. Has been tough on the Rays, 3-2, 3.96 in eight starts, plus 1-1, 4.77 in two playoff games while with Texas.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Wilson

Yunel Escobar 4-for-8

Evan Longoria 4-for-25, HR

Sean Rodriguez 6-for-23, HR

Angels vs. Ramos

Erick Aybar 0-for-1

Hank Conger 1-for-1

Raul Ibanez 0-for-1

On deck

Sunday: at Angels, 3:35. Rays — David Price (3-3, 4.53); Angels — Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 3.86)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: A's, 7:10. Rays — TBA; A's — Drew Pomeranz (3-1, 1.14)

Wednesday: A's, 7:10. Rays — TBA; A's — Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.10)

Thursday: A's, 4:10. Rays — TBA; A's — RH Sonny Gray (5-1, 2.10)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

David being David, udderly

Rays ace David Price competed Friday — of course he did — in the Angels' annual cow milking contest, losing to Angels INF Luis Jimenez. It was a new experience for Price, who had never milked, much less even touched, a cow. Despite some visual helps from RHP Josh Lueke (using a surgical glove), tips from pitching coach Jim Hickey and a gentle approach of wanting to first get to know his cow before getting down to business, Price showed his naivete, referring to the cow as "him."



Sweet smelling

Manager Joe Maddon was quite proud of the new addition to the Rays' cologne collection: Sex Panther, made as an actual product after being made famous in the Anchorman movies with the T-shirt worthy catchphrase: "60% of the time works everytime." Said Maddon: "I love that. It's one of my new favorite thoughts."

 
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