Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Record at break fifth worst in franchise history

Today-Thursday: Off

Next game: 7:10 p.m. Friday, vs. Orioles. Probable pitchers: Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-12, 4.66); Orioles — RH Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 5.82)

Break dance

Rays records from worst to best at the All-Star break in each of their 19 seasons:

2001 27-61 .307

2005 28-61 .315

2002 28-57 .329

2003 32-60 .348

2016 34-54 .386

2007 34-53 .391

1998 34-52 .395

2000 34-51 .400

2006 39-50 .438

1999 39-49 .443

2014 44-53 .454

2004 42-45 .483

2015 46-45 .505

2012 45-41 .523

2009 48-41 .539

2011* 49-41 .544

2013* 55-41 .573

2008* 55-39 .585

2010* 54-34 .614

* Made playoffs

On deck

Tuesday: All-Star Game, AL vs. NL, at San Diego, 7:30.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Optional workout at Trop, 3 p.m.

Friday: vs. Orioles. 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-12, 4.66); Orioles — RH Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 5.82)

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 6:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (5-6, 4.46); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (11-2, 3.55)

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 4.33); Orioles — TBA

July 18: at Rockies, 8:40. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (2-10, 5.47); Rockies — LH Tyler Anderson (1-3, 3.03)

July 19: at Rockies, 8:40. Rays — LH Blake Snell (1-4, 3.69); Rockies — RH Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 3.08)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, left oblique strain, eligible June 16, targeting late July

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting early August

• OF Desmond Jennings, left hamstring strain, eligible July 16, targeting mid July

• OF Kevin Kiermaier, left hand fracture, eligible June 6, targeting Friday

• OF Mikie Mahtook, left hand fracture, eligible July 6, targeting August

• INF Steve Pearce, right hamstring strain, eligible July 6, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting early August

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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