Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rare double lefty gems at Fenway, a Fuld in the party

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight, Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62)

Yankees: LH CC Sabathia (9-8, 4.37)

On Hellickson: Is 7-1 with 3.35 ERA over his last nine starts with 47 strikeouts and just 10 walks. Rays have won 11 of his last 13 starts. Is 3-1, 3.19 against Yankees; 1-1, 4.91 in New York.

On Sabathia: Allowed a season-high-tying seven earned runs over five innings in his last start, at Boston. Is 4-10 with a 4.19 ERA in 21 starts against Rays as a Yankee; 4-1, 2.44 against Rays before that.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Sabathia

Yunel Escobar 9-for-31, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 18-for-47, 6 HRs

Sean Rodriguez 11-for-36, 2 HRs

Yanks VS. Hellickson

Robinson Cano 5-for-15, 2 HRs

Brett Gardner 4-for-13

Ichiro Suzuki 2-for-13

On deck

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (5-3, 2.76); Yankees — Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.66)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (14-3, 3.17); Yankees — Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.33)

Monday: at Red Sox, 6:10, TBA. Rays — David Price (5-5, 3.75) or Roberto Hernandez (5-11, 4.92); Red Sox — Felix Doubront (7-4, 3.78)

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Moore, Price make history again

There was some interesting historical context to LHP Matt Moore beating the Sox with a complete game Monday and LHP David Price doing the same Wednesday. The Rays were the first team to have two complete-game wins over the Sox in a series at Fenway since 1997, when Darren Oliver and Bobby Witt did so for Texas. And they were the first to do so with two lefties since 1973, when the A's did it with Vida Blue (right) and longtime Tampa Bay area resident Darold Knowles. The only other duo to do so since World War II was Chicago's Juan Pizarro and Gary Peters in 1963.

Father's Day

Sam Fuld's dad, Ken, was still enjoying his Wednesday night moment of infamy: He was pulled into the Rays' standard post-win dance party, and came out, as is the custom, with his shirt pulled off. Ken Fuld, a dean at the University of the New Hampshire, said it was a fun experience, though he was surprised to hear from friends and acquaintances who saw it mentioned on Twitter. "I got some interesting emails," he said.

Quote of the day

"We would have definitely given them the game receipts."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, asked about making up Thursday's game at Tropicana Field before the Sept. 10-12 series there

 
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