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Rays-Rangers Friday preview

Tonight: vs. Rangers

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

Promotion: $15 lower-level tickets for students, 18 and up

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Matt Andriese (6-4, 3.36)

rangerS: LH Cole Hamels (12-4, 2.88)

On Andriese: Coming off rough Saturday start at Yankees, allowing four home runs. Is 5-3, 3.71 in 11 starts, 1-1-1, 2.38 in 10 relief outings. Faced Rangers in May 2015, with a 3⅔ inning no-decision.

On Hamels: First start at Trop since Game 1 of 2008 World Series for Phillies. Is 0-2, 3.15 over past three starts, allowing 14 hits vs. Tigers on Saturday. Is 0-1, 4.22 in two regular-season starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. HAMELS

Matt Duffy3-for-6

Logan Forsythe2-for-3

Evan Longoria1-for-6

Logan Morrison11-for-28

rangerS VS. ANDRIESE

Elvis Andrus1-for-2

Adrian Beltre0-for-2

Robinson Chirinos1-for-2

Ian Desmond1-for-1

Familiar faces

Texas backup C Robinson Chirinos was with the Rays in 2011, RHP Matt Bush is a former Rays prospect who was jailed after a spring 2012 car crash, OF Ian Desmond is a Sarasota High product. Former top Rays prospect OF Josh Hamilton is on the DL.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Rangers, 6:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (7-5, 3.72); Rangers — RH A.J. Griffin (5-2, 4.68)

Sunday: vs. Rangers, 1:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (5-11, 4.85); Rangers — LH Martin Perez (8-8, 4.09)

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (4-5, 3.06); Red Sox — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (7-16, 4.18); Red Sox — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (6-4, 3.36); Red Sox — TBA

Rays-Rangers Friday preview 08/18/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:16pm]
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