Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Thinking of ailing Zimmer

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM/97.9-FM, 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: LH David Price (3-2, 4.44)

orioles: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 5.19)

On Price: Is 7-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 16 career starts against the Orioles. Was sharp Friday against the Yankees, allowing two runs over seven innings, striking out eight with zero walks.

On Jimenez: Is coming off a stellar start in which he threw 71/3 shutout innings against the Twins, striking out 10. Is 3-1, 2.73 in four career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. jimenez

Yunel Escobar 7-for-19, HR

J. Loney 9-for-49, 2 HRs

Ben Zobrist 7-for-20, HR

ORIOLES VS. PRICE

Nelson Cruz 9-for-25, 3 HRs

Delmon Young 5-for-16, HR

Matt Wieters 14-for-38, HR

On deck

Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 6.83); Indians — RH Corey Kluber (2-3, 4.14)

Saturday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (1-1, 4.35); Indians — RH Zach McAllister (3-2, 3.82)

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-1, 4.84); Indians — RH Josh Tomlin (1-1, 3.54)

Heavy heart

The Rays wanted to let senior adviser Don Zimmer know that they were thinking of him as he recovers from heart surgery, so they put up a white banner, "ZIM," near the facing of the press box. Zimmer is still hospitalized, and on a respirator, but watches some Rays games on TV.

Coach on the course

LHP David Price is a big fan of Jon Gruden's quarterback camp segment on ESPN, so he was pumped to meet the former Bucs coach Monday while golfing at Belleair Country Club. "It was awesome," Price said. "He came up to me." Gruden was playing a couple of groups behind Price, who quipped, "But he was playing out of our fairway a couple times."

For the kids

RHP Alex Cobb and INF Logan Forsythe visited All Children's Hospital on Wednesday morning. "It was definitely a heartwarming experience," Cobb said.

   
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