Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Team tops majors in shutouts for, against

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31)

RED SOX: RH Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81)

On Smyly: Coming off back-to-back two-hit starts, is 3-1, 1.50 in five since being acquired from Tigers. Has worked at least seven innings in past four starts. Is 2-0, 2.70 in four games vs. Sox.

On De La Rosa: First name pronounced "Ruby." Struggling in most extensive major-league action, going 1-3, 5.17 in past seven starts. Threw seven shutout innings vs. Rays on May 31.

Key matchups

Rays VS. DE LA ROSA

Desmond Jennings 1-for-4

Evan Longoria 1-for-4

Ben Zobrist 1-for-3

RED SOX VS. SMYLY

Yeonis Cespedes 1-for-3, HR

Mike Napoli 0-for-8

David Ortiz 4-for-9, HR

(Includes playoffs)

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.98); Blue Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (10-12, 4.00)

Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-7, 3.46); Blue Jays — RH Marcus Stroman (8-5, 3.88)

Thursday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (10-11, 4.03); Blue Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (11-9, 3.50)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (9-7, 2.98); Orioles — TBA

Rays disabled list

• OF David DeJesus, 15-day, left hand fracture, eligible July 3 (will be activated today)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for season

• INF Jerry Sands, 60-day, left wrist surgery (July 22) out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Numbers of the day

18, 16

Major-league-most-matching shutouts by Rays pitchers and offense, prompting manager Joe Maddon to say, "We're plus-two."

A matter of perspective

In July 2013, Curt Casali was playing for Class-A Charlotte before getting promoted to Double-A Montgomery. Last week he was back with the Stone Crabs for a brief stint after spending 5½ weeks with the Rays and returning today. "I was the sage old guy," Casali said. "(The players) had a lot of questions, and I was excited to answer them and say, Hey, it's possible. You never know what can happen a year from now.' "

Like sand through an hourglass

The Rays' monthly record this season:

March: 1-0

April: 10-16

May: 12-17

June: 13-16

July: 17-6

August: 13-16

AL wild-card race

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's 78-58 .574—

Tigers 74-62 .544—

Mariners 73-62 .5411/2

Indians* 70-64 .522 3

Yankees 70-65 .519 31/2

Blue Jays 69-67 .507 5

Rays 66-71 .482 81/2

* Late game not included

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