Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Serving up early Thanksmas, Dan Johnson back at Trop

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts postgame concert

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (4-8, 4.10)

Jays: RH Drew Hutchison (6-7, 3.86)

On Odorizzi: Will pitch on regular rest as a replacement for David Price, who is ill. Is 2-2 over last six starts with a 2.21 ERA, .197 opponents average. Made one 2013 start vs. Jays with no decision, 5.40 ERA.

On Hutchison: Lakeland native has lost four of his past six games and has allowed 17 runs in his past 33 innings. Beat the Rays in both starts this year, throwing 51/3 shutout innings in his 2014 debut.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hutchison

D. Jennings 3-for-4, HR

James Loney 1-for-3, HR

Evan Longoria 0-for-4

Jays vs. ODORIZZI

Jose Bautista 0-for-3

Colby Rasmus 0-for-2

Melky Cabrera 2-for-3

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Thanksmas in July

Manager Joe Maddon, third base coach Tom Foley and OFs Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer were among the 250-plus volunteers for the Rays' Thanksmas event. They served lunch to 200 people at Trinity Cafe in Tampa and other shelters in the Tampa Bay area.

Johnson back

Former Ray Dan Johnson was called up by Toronto from Triple-A Buffalo before the game and started at DH. The last time he played at Tropicana Field was his pinch-hit home run for the Rays in Game 162 of the 2011 season. "Hitting that changeup off of Cory Wade, out down the rightfield line, he'll always be remembered over here," LHP David Price said.

Stats of the day

.167 Rays' batting average with the bases loaded, last in the AL

48 Runs the Rays have scored with the bases loaded, second fewest in the league

 
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