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Rays: Sunday marked anniversary of Jim Morris' Rays debut

Today: Off

Next game: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, vs. Yankees. Probable pitchers: Rays — LH Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.98); Yankees — RH Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.94)

Remember him?

Sunday marked the 17th anniversary of the big-league debut of Jim Morris, the 35-year-old lefty whose remarkable story spawned a Disney movie featuring Dennis Quaid. Morris took the mound for the Devil Rays in his home state of Texas against the Rangers on Sept. 18, 1999, and struck out Royce Clayton, the only batter he faced, on four pitches, several hitting 96 mph. Morris was the oldest rookie in the majors since Minnie Mendoza debuted for the Twins in 1970 at age 36.

Quote of the day

"We played a great series here. We could've easily swept the series, but it's a split. And that's just how it goes. We played a tough series."

Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi

On deck

Wednesday: vs Yankees, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.06); Yankees — RH Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.97)

Thursday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (5-8, 3.87); Yankees — RH Luis Cessa (4-2, 4.44)

Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-18, 4.05); Red Sox — TBA

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 6:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.41); Red Sox — TBA

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.81); Red Sox — TBA

Rays DL

• INF Matt Duffy, 60-day, left ankle surgery

• 1B/DH Logan Morrison, 60-day, left wrist injury

Rays instructional league schedule

All games at 1 p.m. unless noted, at team facilities. Rays — Port Charlotte, Red Sox — Fort Myers, Orioles — Sarasota, Twins — Fort Myers.

Today: at Orioles

Tuesday: Twins

Thursday: at Twins

Friday: Orioles

Sept. 26: at Twins

Sept. 27: Red Sox (at Trop, closed)

Sept. 29: Twins

Sept. 30: at Orioles

Oct. 3: Red Sox

Oct. 4: at Twins

Oct. 6: at Red Sox

Oct. 7: Orioles, 10 a.m.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays: Sunday marked anniversary of Jim Morris' Rays debut 09/18/16 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:20pm]
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