Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rodney celebration; unusual Moore victory

Rays at Red Sox

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

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (1-0, 0.00)

Red Sox: LHP Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40)

Home boy: Boston native Cobb has done well against the Sox, going 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts, though with 10 walks in 16 innings. Made first opening day roster, picking up where he left off and is now 8-1, 2.78 over his past 12 starts.

Felix the cat: Against the Rays, Doubront has allowed 41 baserunners in 25 1/3 innings over seven games (four starts) but is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA. He was 11-10, 4.86 last year in his first extended big-league action.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Doubront

Yunel Escobar 4-for-10

Kelly Johnson 3-for-11

Evan Longoria 2-for-6

Red Sox vs. Cobb

Stephen Drew 2-for-3

Daniel Nava 1-for-4

Dustin Pedroia 0-for-6

Stunning stats of the day

10 MLB players who, going into play Thursday, have as many homers as the Rays team (four)

145 At-bats since the last Rays homer

0-11 Rays hitters with the bases loaded

61 Percent of runs allowed by the Rays with two outs (27 of 44)

34 Percent of Rays hits by Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist (22 of 64)

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 1:05, Ch. 13. Rays — LHP David Price (0-1, 8.18); Red Sox — LHP Jon Lester (2-0, 1.50)

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 6.35); Red Sox — RHP Clay Buchholz (2-0, 0.64)

Monday: at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m., Sun Sports. Rays — RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.08); Red Sox — RHP Ryan Dempster (0-1, 3.60)

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LHP Matt Moore (2-0, 0.00; Orioles — TBA

Rays disabled list

RHP Jeff Niemann, sore shoulder, 15-day, eligible April 13

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, eligible May 30

DH Luke Scott, calf strain, 15-day, eligible April 8

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

A new wing man

The adjustment period of having several new players extends to closer Fernando Rodney's save celebration. New 1B James Loney was a couple of steps slow in joining Rodney behind the mound to "track" the "arrow" he shot after getting the final out against the Rangers on Wednesday. "He was a little bit late, but he found the direction where it was going," Rodney said. Said Loney: "I found it." The destination, Rodney said, was "downtown Arlington," which may not even exist.

An old wing man

LHP Matt Moore found himself in some inauspicious company after Wednesday's game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Moore is only the second starting pitcher in Rays history to win a game when walking at least six and working less than six innings. The immortal RHP Victor Zambrano beat the Yankees on April 6, 2004, despite walking seven in five innings.

Meet the Rays: Joel Peralta

How did Rays pitcher Joel Peralta get the nickname El Campeon? How did he make the switch from position player to pitcher? What is so "hideous" about his car? Watch video of Peralta answering these questions and more at tampabay.com/meettherays.

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