Sunday, May 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Special day for blind fan

Rays vs. Blue Jays

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.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.22)

JAYS: RH Brandon Morrow (2-3, 5.63)

On Archer: Fresh off signing an eight-year deal, he finished third in the AL rookie of the year race last season and had a strong spring. Is 1-0, 1.65 in three career starts against the Jays.

On Morrow: He missed most of last season with an impinged nerve in his forearm and ended the spring by striking out eight in 5⅔ shutout innings Saturday against the Mets. Is 5-6, 3.72 in 16 career appearances (12 starts) vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. MORROW

D. Jennings 7-for-13, 4 HRs

D. DeJesus 4-for-9, 2 HRs

S. Rodriguez 5-for-14, 2 HRs

Jays vs. ARCHER

Jose Bautista 0-for-7

E. Encarnacion 1-for-7, HR

Brett Lawrie 3-for-8

On deck

Friday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.94); Rangers — LH Joe Saunders (11-16, 5.26)

Saturday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (1-0, 2.45); Rangers — RH Nick Martinez (MLB debut)

Sunday: vs. Rangers, 1:40. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (0-1, 7.20); Rangers — RH Yu Darvish (13-9, 2.83)

Monday: at Royals, 8:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-1, 3.18); Royals — LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.29)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, April 14

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

'Dream come true'

Thanks to donations from other fans, Randi Oomens of Arizona (right, with manager Joe Maddon) got to have an unforgettable trip to Tropicana Field for the opening series against the Blue Jays. Oomens, who is blind, sat in a suite for the first three games, and she was — as a surprise — invited to throw out Wednesday's ceremonial first pitch. "A dream come true," said Oomens, who received a personalized Evan Longoria jersey.

Number of the day

106 Pitches thrown by LHP Matt Moore in 5⅔ innings Wednesday, 46 of which were balls.

Quote of the day

"When I get between the lines I'm not thinking about dollars, I'm thinking about executing whatever pitch I have to execute."

RHP Chris Archer, who starts tonight after finalizing a big-bucks deal Wednesday

 
Comments
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Published: 05/26/18
Rays Tales: What the trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span leads to next

Rays Tales: What the trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span leads to next

The reality of Friday's surprising trade of Alex Colome and Denard Span to Seattle is, of course, between the extremes.One side is screaming this is the latest proof the Rays are driven more to pocket money than winning games (and, for the loudest, o...
Published: 05/26/18

For starters: Rays vs. Orioles; Ryne Stanek makes first start, Carlos Gomez returns

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' bullpenning experiment continues, with right-hander Ryne Stanek to open this afternoon's game against the Orioles at Tropicana Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10.It is the first career start for Stanek, who has ...
Published: 05/26/18
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Published: 05/25/18
Updated: 05/26/18
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Published: 05/25/18
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Published: 05/25/18
For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Published: 05/25/18
Alex Cobb excited about return “home” to Trop even in Orioles orange

Alex Cobb excited about return “home” to Trop even in Orioles orange

RHP Alex Cobb has already pitched twice against his former Rays mates in Baltimore and said it didn't feel that weird, especially since there were so many new faces in the lineup.But coming back to the Trop, where he made his big-league debut and spe...
Published: 05/25/18