Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Price's cup; Ramos fitting in

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91)

White Sox: LH John Danks (2-0, 2.84)

On Ramos: Makes his third start since moving into the rotation and is coming off a five-inning, one-run outing against the Yankees. Has made six relief appearances against the White Sox, with a 7.71 ERA.

On Danks: Coming off a solid outing (61/3 innings, one run) in beating the Tigers. Tends to be tougher on some right-handed hitters. Is 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 10 starts against the Rays but hasn't beaten them since 2010.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Danks

David DeJesus9-for-25

Evan Longoria3-for-17

Sean Rodriguez6-for-12

White Sox vs. Ramos

Alejandro De Aza0-for-2

Alexei Ramirez0-for-1

Dayan Viciedo2-for-2, HR

On deck

Sunday: at White Sox, 2:10. Rays — David Price (3-1, 4.04); White Sox — TBA

Monday: at White Sox, 8:10. Rays — Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 6.52); White Sox — Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.91)

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:10 Rays — Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.45); Red Sox — John Lackey (2-2, 5.25)

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH C hris Archer (2-1, 3.65); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00)

Cup check

LHP David Price (right) is quite proud of the protective cup that split — though did its job — when hit by a Joe Mauer line drive Tuesday against the Twins. Price posted a photo on Twitter and has been showing off the cup around the clubhouse. Turns out he has big plans for it, too: "I'm going to get Mauer to sign it, then buy one of his jerseys and put it up in a frame above a picture of my first kid."

Fitting in

In converting from a reliever to a starter, LHP Cesar Ramos also has been getting used to being in the dugout rather than the bullpen during games. And with injured starters Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore back in St. Petersburg rehabbing, Ramos will try to do his part. "It's definitely different," Ramos said. "Maybe I've got to step up. … Just watching and sitting back, everybody's got these handshakes and high-fives."

Number of the day

17

Games, among 23, on the road for the Rays starting Friday

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