Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rookie Kirby Yates treats himself to new golf clubs

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (9-11, 4.23)

RED SOX: RH Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81)

On Odorizzi: Is coming off the worst outing of his season, allowing career highs in runs (eight), hits (11) and home runs (four) in a 9-1 loss to Orioles. Is 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox.

On Webster: Was charged with six runs over 41/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Sunday. Has made one career start against Tampa Bay, picking up the win at the Trop on July 27 after allowing two runs and five walks in 51/3 innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. WEBSTER

Desmond Jennings 1-for-3

Ben Zobrist 1-for-1

Matt Joyce 0-for-3

RED SOX VS. ODORIZZI

Daniel Nava 1-for-5, HR

David Ortiz 1-for-7

Dustin Pedroia 2-for-6

On deck

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.06); Red Sox — RH Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.77)

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31); Red Sox — RH Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81)

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.61); Blue Jays — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

'Present' of the day

Rookie RHP Kirby Yates took time in the clubhouse before Friday's game to admire his new custom Bridgestone golf clubs, which had just arrived. Yates said he has used "hand-me-down" clubs for years but told himself that if he got called up to the big leagues and stayed long enough, he'd buy a new set. Yates, who picked the clubs out on the Rays' recent trip to Texas, may hit a few balls today. "A little present to myself," he said. "I'm excited. We'll see if it helps."

Quote of the day

"We still have time left. You'd have to get extremely torrid right now. Incendiary. It's not impossible."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on the tall task of making the playoffs

AL wild-card race

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's* 78-55 .586—

Tigers 73-60 .549—

Mariners* 72-60 .5451/2

Yankees 70-63 .526 3

Indians 69-64 .519 4

Blue Jays 67-67 .500 61/2

Rays 65-70 .481 9

* Late game not included

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