Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Seminole's Andrew Mills throws out first pitch

Rays vs. Astros

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays duffel bag, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (5-6, 3.93)

astros: RH Jarred Cosart (6-5, 4.16)

On Price: Has three consecutive double-digit strikeout games. Has a 7.80 ERA in the first inning but a 3.30 ERA after that. Threw eight innings Sunday at Houston for his first win since May 13.

On Cosart: Has won twice in a row, including last week's 7-3 victory over the Rays. Is 11th in the AL with a 3.21 ERA since his July 12, 2013, MLB debut. Has won both career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. COSART

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-4

Evan Longoria 2-for-7, HR

Ben Zobrist 1-for-6

ASTROS VS. PRICE

Chris Carter 2-for-11

Jose Altuve 0-for-7

Dexter Fowler4-for-8, HR

On deck

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.73); Astros — RH Brad Peacock (2-4, 4.50)

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:40. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.33); Astros — LH Dallas Keuchel (8-4, 2.63)

Monday: vs. Pirates, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (2-5, 3.48); Pirates — TBD

Rays disabled list

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

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible to return April 14 (targeting June 27)

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow surgery (out for the season)

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist stress fracture, eligible to return Sunday (targeting early August)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer



Special guest

Three months after being accidentally shot in the stomach, Seminole High pitcher Andrew Mills (right) threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his favorite player, David Price. "I was nervous when I was on the mound," Mills said. "I didn't want to throw a ball." Mills, 14, received a call from Price when he was in the hospital, and Price invited Mills to the park when he recovered. The two lefties also played catch before the game. "It was awesome," said Mills, who returned to pitching June 1.



Knuckleball help

At Wednesday's Sneaker Soiree charity event, manager Joe Maddon not only invited Durant High knuckleball pitcher Chelsea Baker to throw out a first pitch at a game, he asked if she'd throw batting practice. Maddon joked that he might ask Hillsborough County's first female baseball player to do so before the Rays face Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Numbers of the day

4 Earned runs allowed by Chris Archer in his past seven starts combined, lowering his ERA to 3.14 this season after Thursday's 5-0 win

4 Scoreless starts for Archer over that stretch

 
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