Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

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.

 
Comments
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Published: 12/14/17
Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

Are Tampa Bay Rays going to make a major deal involving Alex Colome, others? Well …

UPDATE, 4:02: It doesn't sound like the Rays and Cardinals will be making a deal today, Derrick Goold writing for the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Cardinals execs "leave the Walt Disney Dolphin resort with good feel for what Tampa Bay would be willin...
Published: 12/14/17
Rays re-sign pitcher Jonny Venters, among 13 invited to spring training

Rays re-sign pitcher Jonny Venters, among 13 invited to spring training

LAKE BUENA VISTA — LHP Jonny Venters got as far as Triple A in September. Now the former All-Star is positioned to make it all the way back to the majors for the first time since 2012, re-signing with the Rays and headlining Thursday’s announcement o...
Published: 12/14/17
Veteran Jonny Venters, prospect Joe McCarthy among 13 Tampa Bay Rays spring invitees

Veteran Jonny Venters, prospect Joe McCarthy among 13 Tampa Bay Rays spring invitees

Inspiring veteran LHP Jonny Venters and intriguing prospect 1B/OF Joe McCarthy are among 13 players invited to major-league spring training camp with the Rays.Others coming as a result of signing minor-league contracts with invites are: RHP R.J. Alan...
Published: 12/14/17
Tampa Bay Rays lose RHP Burch Smith in Rule 5 draft, keep Nick Ciuffo

Tampa Bay Rays lose RHP Burch Smith in Rule 5 draft, keep Nick Ciuffo

The Rays lost RHP Burch Smith in Thursday's Rule 5 draft but were happy to see him get an opportunity in Kansas City.They also were pleased to hang on to C Nick Ciuffo, who was left exposed but not selected.Smith, 27, was acquired from the Padres as ...
Published: 12/14/17
Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 4

Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 4

UPDATE, 11:09: RHP Steve Cishek, who was a very effective addition to the Rays pen last season, has reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey, agreeing to a deal with the Cubs.UPDATE, 10:40: Like most teams, Rays officials are heading out of the meetin...
Published: 12/14/17
Disney-Fox deal gives ESPN control of local cable rights to Rays, Lightning games

Disney-Fox deal gives ESPN control of local cable rights to Rays, Lightning games

As part of its deal to buy a massive package of 21st Century Fox assets, Disney will acquire Fox Sports Regional Networks, which control the local cable rights to a slew of professional teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning.Assu...
Published: 12/14/17
Tampa Bay Rays making progress in trade talks

Tampa Bay Rays making progress in trade talks

Without getting into specifics – especially the who and the where – Rays officials are for the first time talking optimistically about making a trade before the winter meetings end Thursday.Speaking at around 5:15, senior VP Chaim Bloom s...
Published: 12/13/17

Winter meetings journal: Rays trade for money to sign top international free agent

LAKE BUENA VISTA — While most of the business conducted at the meetings impacts the big-league team one way or another, the Rays are working to finalize a move they hope pays off big sometime in the 2020s.In trading Wednesday to acquire $1 million in...
Published: 12/13/17
Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 3 – updated with news

Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 3 – updated with news

UPDATE, 5:55: Trade talks apparently picked up this afternoon, perhaps related to previous activity by other teams, and for first time Rays officials sound like something could happen tonight."At this point today, some of those conversations are movi...
Published: 12/13/17