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Rays-Tigers Friday preview

Tonight: at Tigers

7:08, Comerica Park, Detroit

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Matt Andriese (2-0, 0.56)

tigers: RH Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 5.91)

On Andriese: Coming off complete-game shutout of A's in second start and has a 15-inning scoreless streak. Faced Tigers twice in relief last season, working one inning, allowing one run on two hits.

On Sanchez: Winless in his past three starts, with a 5.68 ERA, allowing 25 baserunners in 19 innings. Has similar numbers vs. lefty and righty hitters. Is 2-3, 5.08 in seven starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. sanchez

D. Jennings 1-for-9

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-5

Evan Longoria 4-for-13

Logan Morrison 0-for-4

tigers VS. andriese

Nick Castellanos 0-for-1

James McCann 1-for-1

Andrew Romine 0-for-1

Gray matter

An explosive offense was the main reason the Rays swept the Blue Jays. But there might have been a subtle influence as well — their gray road jerseys, which they wore for all three games, instead of the blue that has become more common. The starting pitcher gets to pick the color, so after following two good starts in gray with a bad one in blue in Seattle, LHP Drew Smyly went back to gray on Monday. RHP Chris Archer was set on blue for Tuesday until Smyly — admittedly superstitious — pointed out to him they had won in gray Monday, so Archer switched up. Then Jake Odorizzi said he had no choice but to roll with gray on Wednesday. Probably safe to assume that Matt Andriese will go gray tonight.

Rays rankings

(Going into Thursday games)

1st In home runs, with 58.

22nd In runs, with 159.

22nd In on-base percentage, at .305.

28th

In batting average, at .235.

Familiar faces

The Tigers don't technically have any former Rays. RHP Mark Lowe was in the Rays' 2014 spring camp, but he was released in late March.

Let's go retro

The Rays and Giants will wear 1970s style retro uniforms for a June 18 Turn Back the Clock game at the Trop. The Rays will offer ticket specials — $19.76 for four seats — along with a poster giveaway, special in-game activities and a postgame concert by The Fray.

On deck

Saturday: at Tigers 4:08. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (2-4. 3.44); Tigers — RH Michael Fulmer (2-1, 6.52)

Sunday: at Tigers, 1:08. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-4, 4.38); Tigers — RH Jordan Zimmermann (6-2, 2.45)

Monday: at Marlins, 7:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (1-3, 5.09); Marlins — LH Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.22)

Rays disabled list

RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 18, targeting late May.

RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July.

2B Logan Forsythe, left shoulder fracture, eligible May 25, targeting early June.

RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Tigers Friday preview 05/19/16 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:53pm]
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