Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Two A's hold place in Rays history

Rays vs. A's

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.89)

A's: LH Drew Pomeranz (3-1, 1.14)

On Odorizzi: Had strong outing at Seattle on Wednesday, making it 11 scoreless innings over his past two starts with 18 strikeouts. Hasn't worked more than six innings. Has never faced A's.

On Pomeranz: Former Indians 1st-rounder moved to rotation May 7 and has two wins and 10 shutout innings. Hasn't worked more than 5 innings in past 18 starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. POMERANZ

Logan Forsythe 2-for-6

Ryan Hanigan 2-for-2

A'S VS. ODORIZZI

None have faced

On deck

Wednesday: A's, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-1, 2.78); A's — LH Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.10)

Thursday: A's, 4:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (1-1, 1.89); A's — RH Sonny Gray (5-1, 2.10)

Friday: Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LHP David Price (4-4, 4.28) or RHP Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (5-3, 4.01)

Saturday: Red Sox, 4:10. Rays — RHP Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59) or LHP David Price (4-4, 4.28); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.33)

Sunday: Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.89); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (2-3 4.54)

Rays disabled list

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

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Honorary Ray

Oakland RHP Jesse Chavez never pitched for the Rays and was a member of the organization for only 41 days during November/December 2009, but he actually played a key role in their 2010 success. The Rays acquired Chavez from the Pirates for 2B Akinori Iwamura, then flipped him to the Braves for closer Rafael Soriano, who led the AL with 45 saves. Chavez was later traded to the Royals, claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays and purchased in August 2012 by the A's, for whom he is 4-1, 2.54.

Ray of honor

Oakland LHP Scott Kazmir's turn doesn't come up at the Trop this week, and he has gotten to pitch there only once since being traded unexpectedly by the Rays in August 2009 to the Angels. Kazmir has been impressive in resurrecting his career after struggling in Anaheim and pitching independent ball in 2012. And his place in Rays history shouldn't be forgotten, as one of original GM Chuck LaMar's best acquisitions, making two All-Star appearances and starting their first-ever World Series game.

Number of the day

16

Percent of Rays current active roster acquired in trades from Padres: RHP Brad Boxberger, INF Cole Figueroa, INF Logan Forsythe and LHP Cesar Ramos.

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