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Rays Report

Rays: Price start a blessing to Archer

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 4:10; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price (10-8, 3.33, in '13)

JAYS: RH R.A. Dickey (14-13, 4.21)

On Price: Coming off solid spring, looking to rebound from injury-interrupted '13 season. Winless in two prior opening day starts. Is 13-2, 2.45 vs. Jays overall, though 0-2 in past three home starts.

On Dickey: Knuckleballer has been a nemesis for Rays, going 4-1, 2.41 in past seven starts, 2-0, 1.74 in past four in controlled Trop environment. Fellow Tennessean has same agent as Price (Bo McKinnis).

Key matchups


D. Jennings 1-for-16

Matt Joyce 4-for-26, 2 HRs

E. Longoria 4-for-20, HR


J.Bautista 13-for-38, 5 HR

Melky Cabrera 4-for-13

Encarnacion 8-for-33, 3 HRs

For openers

How Rays have fared in openers:

1998 vs. Detroit 11-6 L

1999 at Baltimore 10-7 L

2000 at Minnesota 7-0 W

2001 vs. Toronto 8-1 W

2002 vs. Detroit 9-5 W

2003 vs. Boston 6-4 W

2004 vs. New York* 8-3 W

2005 vs. Toronto 5-2 L

2006 at Baltimore 9-6 L

2007 at New York 9-5 L

2008 at Baltimore 6-2 W

2009 at Boston 5-3 L

2010 vs. Baltimore 4-3 W

2011 vs. Baltimore 4-1 L

2012 vs. New York 7-6 W

2013 vs. Baltimore 7-4 L

2014 vs. Toronto ?-?

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (11-3, 2.76 in 2013); Jays — RH Drew Hutchison (0-4, 4.84 in minors)

Wednesday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (17-4, 3.29); Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (12-10, 4.15)

Thursday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.22); Jays — RH Brandon Morrow (2-3, 5.63)

Friday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.94); Rangers — LH Joe Saunders (11-16, 5.26)

Rays disabled list

INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, April 14

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quotes of the day

"It's very divine."

RHP Chris Archer (right), on what it means to him personally having David Price starting opening day.

"I don't even know what he means by that, but if Arch said it I'll take it."


Numbers of the day

6 Rays having their first opening day in majors: Chris Archer, Logan Forsythe, Brandon Gomes, Brandon Guyer, Jake Odorizzi, Wil Myers

10 Hours of TV coverage by Sun Sports today starting at 2 p.m. and including a game replay starting at 8

15 Different DHs in Rays 17 openers, with Matt Joyce starting today

Rays: Price start a blessing to Archer 03/30/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2014 12:20am]
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