Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rare start definitely feels different for Wright; Maddon, Longoria back home

Rays at Angels

When/where: 9:05 tonight; Angel Stadium, Anaheim

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (8-5, 2.81)

ANGELS: RH Garrett Richards (4-6, 4.16)

On Archer: Beat the Angels with a solid seven innings Wednesday, allowing 1 run on 5 hits. Is 2-0, 1.71 in past three starts after going 0-2, 6.59 in previous three. The Rays are 10-1 when he goes 6 or more IP.

On Richards: Got knocked out in fourth inning of Wednesday start vs. Rays, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. Is 2-2, 3.38 in seven starts since moving into rotation from bullpen in late July.

Key matchups

Rays VS. RICHARDS

David DeJesus 2-for-2

Yunel Escobar 2-for-4, HR

Ben Zobrist 2-for-3

ANGELS VS. ARCHER

Josh Hamilton 2-for-5, HR

Mike Trout 2-for-3

Mark Trumbo 0-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41); Angels — LH Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.54)

Wednesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 5.21) or RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 5.09) or RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.95); Angels — RH Jered Weaver (9-7, 3.30)

Thursday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays— LH David Price (8-6, 3.30); Angels — RH Jerome Williams (5-10, 4.68)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's 78-58 .574—

Rays 75-60 .556

Orioles 72-63 .533 3

Yankees 72-64 .529 3½

Indians 72-64 .529 3½

Wright stuff

RHP Jamey Wright (left) tried to make his first start since August 2007 — with 74 relief appearances in between — as normal as possible, but it obviously wasn't — especially since he gave up a leadoff homer to Coco Crisp, then loaded the bases in the first inning but escaped with no more runs. "It reminded me of how much I hated starting day games when I was a starter," he said. "I went out there and tried to treat it the same way, but it wasn't the same." … Wright was the ninth pitcher to start for the Rays this season, 19th since the beginning of 2008, four fewer than any other team.

Angel eyes

Though this is his eighth season with the Rays, manager Joe Maddon said he still enjoys going back to Anaheim, having spent 30 years with the Angels and living in nearby Long Beach, with plans to spend the four days at home. In his first four seasons, the Rays were 1-13 there; in the last three, 13-3. … 3B Evan Longoria, from nearby Downey, Calif., also usually enjoys the visit, with a .397 average, six home runs and 17 RBIs in 17 games there.

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