Monday, May 28, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rodney a "tourist" on day off

Rays at Red Sox

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

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (5-10, 4.90)

RED SOX: LH Jon Lester (8-6, 4.58)

On Hernandez: Has made four straight quality starts but has only one win, in his last start July 13, to show for it. Is 1-6, 5.74 in eight road starts; 4-4, 4.26 at the Trop. Is 3-4, 3.66 in 10 games vs. Sox.

On Lester: Got roughed up by Rays on June 11, allowing seven runs with eight hits and seven walks in 4 2/3 innings. Overall is 11-9, 4.36 in 25 starts vs. Rays, with 151 Ks in 150 2/3 innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. LESTER

Desmond Jennings 8-for-22, HR

Matt Joyce 4-for-8, 2 HR

Evan Longoria 12-for-52, 3 HR

SOX VS. HERNANDEZ

Jacoby Ellsbury 4-for-17

Mike Napoli 6-for-22, HR

David Ortiz 10-for-24, HR

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (4-5, 4.03); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (7-3, 3.76)

Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (7-6, 2.78)

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-3, 2.76); Yankees — LH CC Sabathia (9-8, 4.37)

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.17); Yankees — RH Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.66)

Rays disabled list

RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

A Boston tourist

After throwing 56 pitches in back-to-back high-stress saves, RHP Fernando Rodney was off Monday. Totally off. "Fernando, he's a tourist today," manager Joe Maddon said. "I told him to go out there with his sneakers. I encouraged him to go out (Sunday) night and paint Boston Tampa Bay blue. I want him just to chill out. I don't want him to really turn it on at all. He could go on a duck boat right now."

A Boston fan

The accommodations and work space at Fenway Park are among the worst in the majors, but Rays 3B Evan Longoria said the on-field experience is the best. "This is my favorite place to play on the road," he said. "The fans are the best in my opinion in the fact they are into the game, they'll heckle you but they really understand the game and they really care about good baseball and not only about ragging on the opposing team."

Odd stat of the day

7

Number of 4-3 wins by the Rays, tying the Mets for most in the majors

 
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