Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Twins Friday preview

Tonight: vs. Twins

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $15-275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time.

Promotion: $15 lower level seats for students (18 and older)

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Blake Snell (3-4, 3.08)

twinS: RH Ervin Santana (4-9, 3.66)

On Snell: Coming off Sunday win over Yankees, logging a career-high matching nine Ks, including five straight. Has allowed only one hit on a curveball in nine starts. First start vs. Twins.

On Santana: Coming off Sunday win over White Sox, allowing three runs (one earned). Is 6-7, 5.48 in 16 games vs. Rays, including June 4 loss in Minnesota, allowing three homers.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. santana

Corey Dickerson 2-for-6

Desmond Jennings 2-for-8 HR

Evan Longoria 8-for-20 3 HR

Brad Miller 1-for-7

twinS VS. snell

None have faced

Good deed

Rays wives and girlfriends are conducting a toiletries drive at tonight's game to benefit the Adopt-a-Block community outreach program, with fans bringing three items getting a signed player card. A fundraising event is planned for Aug. 17, see FloridaDreamCenter.org for details.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Twins, 6:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-15, 4.38); Twins — RH Jose Berrios (2-1, 8.57)

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (6-2, 2.72); Twins — RH Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.94)

Rays disabled list

• OF Oswaldo Arcia, right elbow strain, 15-day, eligible Aug. 12, targeting late August

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late- August

• SS Matt Duffy, left Achilles strain, 15-day, eligible July 5, targeting next week

• OF Mikie Mahtook, left hand fracture, eligible July 6, targeting next week

• 1B Logan Morrison, right forearm strain, eligible Aug. 13, targeting late August

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late August

Comments
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