Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Rookies' hair painted to support U.S. Soccer

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:05 today; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.14)

YANKEES: LH Vidal Nuno (2-4, 5.42)

On Odorizzi: Battled through 5 IP Friday at Baltimore, throwing 106 pitches but allowing only one run. Averaging 10.56 K's per nine innings. Has a 3.86 ERA in two games vs. Yanks.

On Nuno: Snapped an eight-start winless streak by beating Red Sox on Friday. Makes his fourth start vs. Rays, third this season, having compiled a 3.45 ERA with no decisions.

Key matchups

Rays VS. NUNO

D. Jennings 2-for-6, HR

James Loney 3-for-6

Evan Longoria 2-for-7

YANKEES VS. ODORIZZI

Jacoby Ellsbury 2-for-6

Brian Roberts 0-for-4

Mark Teixeira 1-for-2, HR

On deck

Thursday: at Tigers, 7:08. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (4-5, 4.21); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (9-3, 3.64)

Friday: at Tigers, 7:08. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20); Tigers — LH Drew Smyly (4-7, 3.57)

Saturday: at Tigers, 4:08. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.24); Tigers — RH Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.64)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, 60-day, knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• OF David DeJesus, left hand fracture, eligible July 3 (targeting post All-Star break)

Yunel Escobar, right shoulder soreness, eligible July 10

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting early July)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for the season

• INF Jerry Sands, 15-day, left wrist strain, eligible July 8 (targeting late July)

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist sprain, eligible June 15 (targeting mid August)

Showing their colors

Bench coach Dave Martinez wanted the Rays to show support for the U.S. World Cup team, so he rounded up rookies (from left) Kirby Yates, Cole Figueroa and Kevin Kiermaier and painted their hair red, white and blue. "I don't mind," Yates said. "Hopefully it'll wash out."

Fan club

It took until the 12th inning shortly before midnight Monday, but the Rays set a major-league record for strikeouts in any month when RHP Brad Boxberger got Ichiro Suzuki for No. 287, surpassing the Cubs' August 2002 total. The Rays' 744 strikeouts through 85 games are the second most in history; the 2013 Tigers had 793.

Quote of the day

"We're playing better, we're not playing great. We're playing good. Playing the way we are isn't going to get this done."

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg

 
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