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Rays: Slots winner, closer confidence, mom's retirement gift

Cashing in

LHP Jake McGee lives in Reno, Nev., in the offseason and has been in his share of casinos. But even McGee admitted he caught a bit of luck Friday when, before he headed to Progressive Field in Cleveland, he stopped by the Horseshoe Casino, put $20 into a video slot machine and won $175. He immediately cashed out. "A pretty good payout," he said, smiling.

Retirement gift

RHP Chris Archer said his mother, Donna, a longtime administrative assistant at a rental car company in Raleigh, N.C., had her last day of work Friday. For her first day of retirement, Donna planned to watch Archer pitch against the Indians, making the eight-hour drive with her husband, Ron, on Friday afternoon. "I know she wouldn't rather be anywhere else," Archer said.

Quote of the day

"The swagger is slowly coming back. The launching of the arrow is a little more demonstrative, and I kind of like it."

Manger Joe Maddon, on the growing confidence of reliever Fernando Rodney, who has four straight hitless outings, and his signature arrow-shooting after a save

Rays at Indians

When/where: 1:05 today; Progressive Field, Cleveland

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-0, 0.00)

Indians: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 5.57)

On Archer: An Indians fifth-round draft pick and the Rays' top pitching prospect gets his first callup of the season. Archer was 5-3 with a 3.96 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Durham. He is back to full strength (shin bruise) after missing one start and having another shortened.

On Jimenez: The former All-Star is winless in his past three starts, though in his last one, he allowed two earned runs in seven innings at Cincinnati. He is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA in three career starts vs. Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Jimenez

Yunel Escobar 6-for-16, HR

Kelly Johnson 8-for-30

Luke Scott 3-for-5, 2 HRs

Indians VS. Archer

Mark Reynolds 1-for-2

On deck

Sunday: at Indians, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.61); Indians — Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.08)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Tigers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.66); Tigers — Anibal Sanchez (5-5, 2.79)

Wednesday: at Tigers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (2-5. 4.87); Tigers — Doug Fister (5-2, 3.65)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Joe Smith, Times staff writer



Rays-Indians Friday time line

7:05 p.m.: Scheduled start

9:02: First pitch, after a delay of 1 hour, 57 minutes

9:18: Second delay, lasts 13 minutes

9:31: Play resumes in top of second

9:34: Third delay …

Rays: Slots winner, closer confidence, mom's retirement gift 05/31/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 11:12pm]
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