Friday, September 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-White Sox Tuesday preview

Tonight: vs. White Sox

8:10, U.S. Cellular Field

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Alex Cobb; (1-1, 6.16)

WHITE SOX: LH Chris Sale (16-9, 3.19)

On Cobb: Retired only four of 14 batters Wednesday in fourth start since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery. First appearance at U.S. Cellular Field; lost only start vs. Sox in 2012.

On Sale: Lakeland-born ace coming off rough outing at Philadelphia, allowing six runs in four innings. Is 3-4, 3.75 in nine games vs. Rays, with 70 Ks in 48 innings.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. SALE

Logan Forsythe 1-for-7, HR

Evan Longoria 1-for-18

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-4

Mikie Mahtook 1-for-3, HR

WHITE SOX VS. COBB

Al Avila 4-for-10

Melky Cabrera 3-for-12

Austin Jackson 3-for-11

Brett Lawrie 2-for-7

On deck

Wednesday: at White Sox, 8:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65); White Sox — RH Miguel Gonzalez (4-7, 3.83)

Thursday: at White Sox, 8:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02); White Sox — LH Jose Quintana (12-11, 3.26)

Friday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.34); Rangers — TBA

Saturday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.77); Rangers — TBA

Sunday: at Rangers, 3:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88); Rangers — TBA

END OF SEASON

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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