Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Wright rocks a KISS costume

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM, 97.9-FM (680-AM Spanish)

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotions: Raymond Bobblebelly for kids 14 and under; Rays messenger bag with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Enny Romero (ML debut)

ORIOLES: RH Scott Feldman (5-4, 3.51)

On Romero: Hard-throwing prospect is being called up for first time to make spot start. Was 11-7, 2.76 with 110 strikeouts, although 73 walks, in 140 innings at Double-A Montgomery.

On Feldman: Veteran is 5-4, 3.51 in 13 starts since being acquired from Cubs. Former Ranger has been tough on the Rays, going 4-2, 2.13 in 11 games overall, 3-1, 2.03 in five starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. FELDMAN

David DeJesus 6-for-11, HR

Evan Longoria 2-for-12, HR

Ben Zobrist 1-for-12

ORIOLES VS. ROMERO

None have faced

On deck

Monday: vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.02); O's — LH Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 4.03)

Tuesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (15-4, 3.34); Yankees — RH Hiroki Kuroda (11-12, 3.17)

Wednesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-8, 3.43); Yankees — LH CC Sabathia (14-13, 4.78)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (10-3, 2.90; Yankees — RH Ivan Nova (9-5, 3.13)

Rays disabled list

RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Uniform celebration

Things, naturally, got a little strange toward the end of Friday's 18-inning marathon win. DH Luke Scott sported a full Chewbacca mask because, well, he's Luke Scott. More interesting was RHP Jamey Wright looking like KISS' Gene Simmons. The full mask — complete with long hair and tongue — and glittery boots are part of the Rays' postgame celebrations, but Wright decided to break the ensemble out publicly. LHP Matt Moore wore the boots in the 17th with no luck, then Wright took them back for the 18th and pulled on the mask when they won. "I was Gene Simmons for about six Halloweens in a row when I was little, so I've always wanted to get the whole thing," Wright said.

Collateral damage

OF David DeJesus was much more focused on throwing his helmet up in the air in celebration of his winning hit than worrying about where it might come down. INF Kelly Johnson found that out when it hit him squarely in the back. "It was kind of like I got shot," Johnson said after watching the video of his reaction. "That was hilarious, right?" DeJesus said. "I should have thrown it out into the outfield — now I know."

Stat of the day

36

Games in which Rays have allowed one or no runs

 
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