Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Toss from CNN Tower contemplated

Today: Off

Up next: at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (4-4, 4.42)

RED SOX: RH Brandon Workman (0-0, 3.18)

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:15. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.56); Red Sox — TBA

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 2.93); Red Sox — LH Jon Lester (5-6, 3.45)

Monday: at Marlins, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-3, 4.10); Marlins — RH Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.18)

Tuesday: at Marlins, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.00); Marlins — LH Randy Wolf (0-1, 4.50)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting late June/early July)

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow soreness, eligible April 23 (had surgery April 22, out for season)

• 2B Ben Zobrist, left thumb dislocation, eligible May 30 (expected back Friday)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Wild ride

OF Kevin Kiermaier's late-night callup Tuesday sparked a lengthy detour for his parents. Kiermaier (left), playing with Triple-A Durham in Toledo, was planning to drive to his grandfather's lake in Indiana after Wednesday's day game. His parents got a head start Tuesday night and were 30 minutes away when Kiermaier called them back to retrieve his car as he had a 4:50 a.m. wakeup call for a flight to Toronto. His parents got lost on their way back. "It was a big cluster," Kiermaier said. "But a good problem to have."

Debate of the day

Every time the Rays play in Toronto, there's a debate among players whether someone can throw a baseball from the top of the 1,518-foot CN Tower onto the field at the neighboring Rogers Centre. 3B Evan Longoria put the question on Twitter on Wednesday, asking for a physics expert or the Discovery Channel's MythBusters, and got "mixed reviews." "I don't think it can be done," he said.

Number of the day

22 Combined hits allowed by LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Alex Cobb on Monday and Tuesday, the most hits Rays starters have given up in back-to-back games since May 24-25, 2007, when Jae Seo and James Shields combined for 23.

Catching on

INF Cole Figueroa is a versatile player but was admittedly challenged while trying to catch warmup pitches for RHPs Alex Cobb and Josh Lueke between innings Tuesday night. With C Ryan Hanigan hurt and rookie C Ali Solis in the bullpen, Figueroa gave it a shot as C Jose Molina got ready. "I was happy they didn't dirt-ball me," he said. "That was my only worry."

 
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