Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rainmaker brings no change in luck

Rays vs. Cardinals

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $18-$275, 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 (2-6, 5.31)

Cardinals: RH Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.31)

On Odorizzi: Only one victory since his season debut. Ranks second in the majors among rookies with 71 strikeouts. Has never faced the Cardinals.

On Wainwright: Tied for NL lead in wins. Fourth in the NL in road ERA (1.68). Allowed only nine earned runs in his last four starts. Gave up 12 hits and four runs against the Rays in 2008.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Wainwright

D. DeJesus 9-for-25, 2 HR

James Loney 10-for-26, HR

Yunel Escobar 2-for-12

Cardinals vs. Odorizzi

Peter Bourjos 0-for-2

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.61); Cardinals — RH Michael Wacha (4-4, 2.61)

Thursday: off

Friday: at Houston, 8:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (1-4, 4.39); Astros — TBA

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, 60-day, knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken left thumb, eligible to return June 10 (targeting mid-/late-June)

• C Ryan Hanigan, right hamstring, eligible to return June 11.

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible to return April 14 (targeting late June)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for the season.

• OF Wil Myers, slight right wrist stress fracture, eligible to return June 15 (targeting early August)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

How dreamy

A photo in the Rays' clubhouse shows RF Kevin Kiermaier in his uniform, running through the clouds of a bright blue sky. The caption: "Dreamy McHustle."

Medicine man .

The Rays turned to Bobby Henry, a 77-year-old rainmaker from the Seminole Tribe (right), to try to stop their slide, inviting him to work his wonders at Tropicana Field. "I guess this guy made it rain in Tampa in the mid '80s at some point, so he's got some supernatural powers," manager Joe Maddon said. "If it rains in the Trop, I'll be really impressed." For the record, it rained outside but stayed dry inside the dome.

Stat of the day

The Rays have lost seven of their past eight games when their starter lasted at least six innings. Before that stretch, they were 18-5.

 
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