Monday, May 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: The smell of victory

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 3:40 today; Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.79)

MARINERS: RH Brandon Maurer (1-1, 6.20)

On Odorizzi: Much improved in last outing, striking out 11 and allowing no runs, but lasted only 5 innings as he threw 101 pitches. Hasn't gone more than 5 IP in six straight starts.

On Maurer: Coming off odd outing vs. Royals where he allowed 14 hits — all singles — with no walks or Ks in career-high 71/3 IP. Was a 23rd-round pick in '08. Faced Rays in relief in August.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MAURER

Yunel Escobar 1-for-1

James Loney 0-for-2

Evan Longoria 1-for-1

MARINERS VS. ODORIZZI

Robinson Cano 1-for-1

On deck

Thursday: at Angels, 10:05. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-1, 3.38); Angels — LH Tyler Skaggs (3-1, 4.14)

Friday: at Angels, 10:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-2, 5.16); Angels — RH Jered Weaver (4-2, 3.22)

Saturday: at Angels, 9:05. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (1-2, 3.71); Angels — LH C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.69)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Passing the smell test

A table was set up off the Rays clubhouse with an assortment of, shall we say, less than modern colognes — Old Spice, Aqua Velva, Brut, Skin Bracer and others — under the heading: Who's Your Daddy's Scent for Success. It was manager Joe Maddon's idea, harkening back to the kind of stuff his father wore. "I thought the guys would kind of dig maybe, possibly spraying on the cologne that their dads would wear, that kind of nostalgic thing to stir things up. Aroma matters," Maddon said. "I'm hoping for this really awful odor in the dugout and all these conflicting scents."

Words of inspiration?

Closer Grant Balfour was among those questioning the daily quote posted on the lineup card Tuesday given how the team was struggling: "When you tie a noose, the rope is wrapped twelve times around because it is the same length as a person's head." Manager Joe Maddon said it wasn't his choice, and he would be surprised if bullpen coach Stan Borowski, who usually handles the duty, made that choice. "We may have been hacked," Maddon said.

 
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