Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Rangers Sunday preview

Today: vs. Rangers

1:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 1550-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Free KIDZ BOP postgame concert; planned bobblehead giveaway replaced by other promo item and mail offer.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (5-11, 4.85)

RANGERS: LH Martin Perez (8-8, 4.09)

On Smyly: Coming off strong start vs. Padres, allowing one hit over seven-plus innings. Has made five straight allowing two or fewer runs over six-plus innings, 3-0, 2.15. Is 2-2, 3.25 in 10 games vs. Texas.

On Perez: Is 1-1, 2.70 in past four starts. Has induced majors-most 33 ground-ball double plays. Has held lefties to .170 average, .516 OPS. Is 0-1, 3.86 in three games vs. Rays, makes first start at Trop.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. PEREZ

Matt Duffy 0-for-3

Logan Forsythe 0-for-3

Evan Longoria 4-for-7, HR

Brad Miller 4-for-10

RANGERS VS. SMYLY

Elvis Andrus 4-for-17

Carlos Beltran 1-for-11

Adrian Beltre 6-for-9, HR

Rougned Odor 1-for-7

On deck

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (4-5, 3.06); Red Sox — LH David Price (11-8, 4.19)

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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