Saturday, July 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Reaching out to Tampa youth league; set for Baltimore cold

Big-league experience

The Rays will turn a Saturday morning North Seminole Little League T-ball game into a big-league experience. Former players Mike DiFelice and Toby Hall, radio broadcaster Neil Solondz, in-game entertainers and mascot Raymond will be part of the production, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the league's complex, 2501 E Yukon Ave. in East Tampa

Packing warm

With temperatures forecast to dip into the 30s this weekend in Baltimore, Rays home clubhouse manager Jose Fernandez is packing all the cold-weather gear they have, including heavy jackets, hoodies, ski caps, gloves and special high-tech undershirts and tights.

Numbers of the day

6 Replay challenges in the four-game opening series, five of which were overturned.

7 Consecutive starts without a win by Rays ace Chris Archer, 0-4, 5.50 over that stretch. His last W was Aug. 31, 2015 in Baltimore.

30 Forecast low temperature for the weekend in Baltimore, per weather.com.

9,159 Hot dogs sold by Rays at the Trop on Wednesday's first $2 hotdog days.

Tonight: at Orioles

7:05, Camden Yards

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-1, 3.60)

Orioles: RH Chris Tillman (0-0, 0.00)

On Archer: Worked five innings in Sunday opener, working through tough first inning to fan 12. Is 2-4, 4.44 in nine games (eight starts) vs. Orioles, 1-2, 4.91 at Camden.

On Tillman: Starts on three days' rest after working only two innings in rain-interrupted Monday opener. Is 5-9, 4.30 in 20 starts vs. Rays, 1-3, 4.79 in 2015.

Rays vs. Tillman

Logan Forsythe6-for-20

Desmond Jennings2-for-21

Kevin Kiermaier2-for-16

Evan Longoria16-for-49 6 HR

O's vs. Archer

Chris Davis4-for-13 HR

Ryan Flaherty5-for-16

Adam Jones2-for-22

Manny Machado8-for-19

On deck

Saturday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.75); Orioles — RH Mike Wright (3-5, 6.04 in 2015)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 1.59); Orioles — TBA

Monday: Off

Opening day roster

Starters (4): RH Chris Archer, LH Matt Moore, RH Jake Odorizzi, LH Drew Smyly

Relievers (8): LH Xavier Cedeno, RH Alex Colome, LH Dana Eveland, RH Danny Farquhar, RH Steve Geltz, Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Romero, RH Ryan Webb

Catchers (2): Curt Casali, Hank Conger

Infielders (6): Tim Beckham, Logan Forsythe, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce

Outfielders (5): Corey Dickerson, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza Jr.

DL (3): RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Chase Whitley

Key prospect assignments

Triple-A Durham

P Matt Andriese, Jamie Schultz, Blake Snell; INF Daniel Robertson, Taylor Motter, Richie Shaffer; OF Mikie Mahtook, Dayron Varona

Double-A Montgomery

P Jacob Faria, Taylor Guerrieri, Chih-Wei Hu, Ryne Stanek; INF Willy Adames, Casey Gillaspie, Jake Hager, Kean Wong; OF Jake Bauers

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Comments
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