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Rays: Very hot in Anaheim; Bartlett deal revisited

Rays at Angels

When/where: 10:05 tonight; Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (2-2, 5.16)

Angels: RH Jered Weaver (4-2, 3.22)

On Archer: Winless over his past four starts and hasn't gone more than five innings in his past three, running up a high pitch count. Is 1-1, 5.06 in two starts against the Angels, allowing 14 hits over 102/3 innings.

On Weaver: Has been on a roll, winning his past three starts (though admitting he was tired and leaving his last one in the seventh) and 4-0, 1.71 over his past five. Is 4-3, 3.92 against the Rays though winless since 2011.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Weaver

David DeJesus 12-for-43, 2 HRs

James Loney 9-for-29

Evan Longoria 5-for-13

Angels vs. Archer

Erick Aybar 1-for-6, HR

Raul Ibanez 1-for-4

Mike Trout 4-for-6

On deck

Saturday: at Angels, 9:05. Rays — Cesar Ramos (1-2, 3.71); Angels — C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.69)

Sunday: at Angels, 3:35. Rays — David Price (3-3, 4.53); Angels — Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 3.86)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: A's, 7:10. Rays — TBA; A's — TBA

Wednesday: A's, 7:10. Rays — TBA; A's — TBA

Rays disabled list

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

• RHP Alex Cobb, left oblique strain, eligible to return April 28 (targeting May 22)

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

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

• 2B Ben Zobrist, dislocated left thumb, eligible to return May 30 (targeting May 30)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"Tying the shoes is toughest. It's hard to tie your shoes with your pinky finger."

Rays 2B Ben Zobrist, on life with a dislocated left thumb

It's the heat, not the humidity

Late afternoon temps in Anaheim were in triple digits, so — at the suggestion of LHP David Price, who it was noted didn't have to be on the field — the Rays took batting practice in shorts. First-pitch temp was 95. Manager Joe Maddon insisted because the humidity was low, "this heat isn't an awful heat."

Such a deal

The promotion of INF Cole Figueroa means all four players acquired from San Diego in the December 2010 deal for SS Jason Bartlett have made the majors. He joins RHP Brandon Gomes, LHP Cesar Ramos and RHP Adam Russell (who was let go after 2011). Bartlett, meanwhile, played only 168 games over parts of two seasons with the Padres before being released — making $9.5 million.

Rays: Very hot in Anaheim; Bartlett deal revisited 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:41pm]
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