Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Rays: Travel starts to confuse Cobb

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ALDS Game 1: Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 3:07 today; Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: TBS; 620-AM, 95.3-FM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (17-4, 3.29)

RED SOX: LH Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75)

On Moore: Has won his past two starts without being overly sharp. Makes his second postseason start, opening the 2011 ALDS as a rookie. Is 2-2, 3.86 in five games vs. Red Sox, 2-0, 1.80 this season with a July 22 shutout at Fenway.

On Lester: Made impressive bounce-back from disappointing 9-14, 4.82 record in 2012. Finished strong, 7-2, 2.57 since All-Star break. Is 2-3, 2.57 in eight postseason appearances, though winless since '08. Is 12-9, 4.30 in 26 games vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. LESTER

Yunel Escobar 9-for-33

D. Jennings 9-for-25, HR

Matt Joyce 4-for-11, 2 HRs

E. Longoria 13-for-55, 4 HRs

Wil Myers 2-for-3, HR

Sean Rodriguez 5-for-24

Delmon Young 6-for-31

Ben Zobrist 9-for-48, HR

RED SOX VS. MOORE

Stephen Drew 2-for-5

Jacoby Ellsbury 0-for-6

Jonny Gomes 2-for-12

Mike Napoli 1-for-9

David Ortiz 6-for-13, HR

Dustin Pedroia 2-for-14

Shane Victorino 0-for-7

* Includes postseason

On deck

Saturday: ALDS Game 2, 5:37 p.m., at Boston. Rays — LH David Price (10-8, 3.33); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (10-13, 3.52)

Sunday: Off day

Monday: ALDS Game 3, TBA, at St. Petersburg. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (11-3, 2.86); Red Sox — RH Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74)

Tuesday: ALDS Game 4, TBA, at St. Petersburg (if necessary). Rays — TBA; Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (4-1, 4.04)

Wednesday: Off day

Thursday: ALDS Game 5, TBA, at Boston (if necessary). Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Colome, elbow strain, 60-day

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 60-day

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season

Rays with 2014 options

• OF David DeJesus, $6.5 million or $1.5 million buyout

• SS Yunel Escobar, $5 million, no buyout

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, $2 million

• 2B Ben Zobrist, $7 million or $2.5 million buyout

Rays pending free agents

• RHP Jesse Crain

• RHP Roberto Hernandez

• INF Kelly Johnson

• 1B James Loney

• C Jose Molina

• RHP Fernando Rodney

• DH Luke Scott

• RHP Jamey Wright

• DH Delmon Young

Quote of the day

"I think it's making us age a lot quicker — there's a lot of gray hair on this team."

OF Sam Fuld on the combination of stressful games and extensive travel.

Travelin' man

RHP Alex Cobb said one way to gauge how long the Rays have been gone since leaving the Trop for New York on Sept. 23 is his wardrobe, admitting he is "on the third repeat cycle of clothing right now," he said. Another was waking up Thursday and not initially remembering what city he was in. "It took a second to register what happened last night," he said. "There was a Budweiser can on my nightstand that said Indians on it — after the postgame celebration I took it — and it started sinking in and I had a smile on my face and waking up in Boston was a great feeling."

Trop tickets on sale today

Tickets for Monday's Game 3 of the ALDS and Tuesday's if-necessary Game 4 go on sale today at 1 p.m. via raysbaseball.com. Game times, which are set by MLB, have not been announced. (There could be four playoff games Monday.) If tickets remain Monday, they will be on sale at other outlets.

 
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