Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rodney laughs off bathroom trap

Rays at A's

When/where: 4:07 today; O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jamey Wright (2-2, 2.97)

A's: RH A.J. Griffin (11-9, 3.94)

On Wright: Announced as the starter after Saturday's game, makes his first start this season after 54 relief appearances. Last started a major-league game in 2007, when he made nine starts for Rangers.

On Griffin: Seems to be in decline since July 1, going 5-3 in 11 starts but with a 4.55 ERA and allowing 17 homers in 65⅓ innings. Was 6-6, 3.56 in first 16 starts. Had no decision in one 2012 start against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GRIFFIN

Kelly Johnson 0-for-3

Matt Joyce 1-for-2, HR

Ben Zobrist 1-for-3

On deck

Monday: at Angels, 9:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-5, 2.81); Angels — TBA

Tuesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41) or RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.95); Angels — TBA

Wednesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41) or LH David Price (8-6, 3.30); Angels — TBA

Thursday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-6, 3.30) or RH Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.97); Angels — TBA

Rays disabled list

• DH Luke Scott, back spasms, 15-day, eligible Aug. 30

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

• LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

• 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

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's 77-58 .570—

Rays 75-59 .560

Yankees 72-63 .533 3½

Orioles 71-63 .530 4

Indians 71-64 .526 4½

Locked-down closer

Closer Fernando Rodney is used to getting out of late-inning jams. But he needed help Friday when he got locked in the small dugout bathroom for about 15 minutes until rescued (right) by assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker, who broke off the door handle, then stadium workers, who used a crowbar to pry the door open. "First time that's happened," Rodney said. "He was a locked-in closer (Friday) night," said manager Joe Maddon, who first heard Rodney hollering without knowing where he was, then saw the commotion, all the while the Rays were rallying to (briefly) tie the score. "It was pretty funny actually," Maddon said. "And we should have put him back in there for another two runs."'

Maintenance dept.

The Rays were glad to see there was a new handle on the door to the bathroom for Saturday's game, though there were plenty of marks on the door from Friday's incident. "It's nice to know the bathrooms are secure here," said assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker, who recalled a previous experience breaking a handle off a locked door at St. Petersburg's Al Lang Stadium.

 
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