Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rays vs. Devil Rays no contest

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (2-1, 4.11)

RED SOX: LH Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00)

On Archer: Coming off a rough no-decision outing at Chicago on Friday. Has lasted six or more innings in four of five starts. Is 1-2, 5.27 in three starts vs. Sox, failing to get through fifth twice.

On Doubront: Off to a rough start, allowing 42 baserunners (30 hits, 11 walks, 1 HBP) in 24 innings. In 11 games (eight starts) vs. Rays is 2-3, 3.24, his second lowest ERA vs. an AL opponent.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. DOUBRONT

Yunel Escobar 6-for-20

Evan Longoria 6-for-17

Sean Rodriguez 4-for-19

RED SOX VS. ARCHER

Mike Napoli 0-for-5

David Ortiz 2-for-5

Dustin Pedroia 1-for-7

(includes postseason)

On deck

Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (1-1, 3.38); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-0, 2.87)

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05. Rays — LH David Price (3-2, 4.75); Yankees — LH Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.59)

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 5.63); Yankees — RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-0, 2.27)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (0-1, 5.52); Yankees —LH CC Sabathia (3-3, 5.11)

Name game

Tuesday was the 1,000th game since the team changed names from Devil Rays to Rays before the 2008 season, and there is no comparison. As the Rays, they have the second-best record in the AL over that span, behind the Yankees. "We're really proud," manager Joe Maddon said. Two current Rays wore the green uniforms: RHP Grant Balfour (far right) and 2B Ben Zobrist.

As Devil Rays645-972 .399

As Rays 561-439 .561



Tweets of the day

Where everybody knows your name. #Boston #Cheers

@wilmyers

There is something about Fenway Park that makes baseball feel like a dream. It's history before your eyes and underneath your feet.

@Evan3Longoria

Comments
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