Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Second Kirby, short starts

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $18-$275, at the Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: James Loney grill set

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.00)

Mariners: RH Felix Hernandez (8-1, 2.57)

On Archer: Lost his last start 1-0 to Miami, allowing only a bases-loaded walk. Over his past four starts, has allowed three earned runs and struck out 31 over 242/3 innings. Is 0-2 with four home runs allowed in two games against the Mariners.

On Hernandez: Has won his past five starts while giving up only 10 earned runs. Entered Saturday tied for seventh in the majors with 91 strikeouts and seventh with a 5.69 strikeout-walk ratio. Is 5-2 against the Rays but winless at Tropicana Field.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hernandez

David DeJesus11-for-34, HR

Evan Longoria 6-for-21

Ben Zobrist 3-for-28

Mariners vs. Archer

Brad Miller2-for-5, 2 HRs

Robinson Cano 0-for-7

Justin Smoak 3-for-5, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. Mariners, 1:10. Rays — LH David Price (4-5, 4.03); Mariners — RH Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 6.82)

Tuesday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-6, 5.31); Cardinals — RH Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.31)

Wednesday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.61); Cardinals — RH Michael Wacha (4-4, 2.61)

About Kirby

RHP Kirby Yates (right) made his major-league debut Saturday. He's only the second player in major-league history with the given name of Kirby. The other is Hall of Fame OF Kirby Puckett.

Going long

The Rays fell to 5-29 when their starting pitcher fails to throw at least six innings. Saturday, Alex Cobb went just 41/3 innings. They are 19-10 when their starter goes at least six innings.

Numbers of the day

30

Games in which the Rays have allowed at least three runs in one inning, including Saturday

4

Wins among those games

 
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