Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Wrigley Field remembrances; retro uniforms

Rays at Cubs

When/where: 4:05 today, Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV/radio: Sun Sports, WGN; 1250-AM, 97.9-FM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (7-6, 3.42)

cubs: LH Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.32)

On Archer: Former Cubs minor-leaguer is 2-1, 3.44 in three starts since the All-Star break, allowing 18 hits in 181/3 innings. Is 0-4, 3.45 in six career interleague starts.

On Wada: Makes fifth start, having allowed 21 hits and eight walks with 19 strikeouts in 211/3 innings. Was 10-6, 2.77 in 19 games for Triple-A Iowa. Signed out of Japan by the Orioles.

Key matchups

Rays VS. wada

None have faced

cubs vs. archer

None have faced

On deck

Saturday: at Cubs, 4:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (7-9, 4.09); Cubs — RH Edwin Jackson (6-11, 5.66)

Sunday: at Cubs, 2:20. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.52); Cubs — LH Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10)

Monday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (6-10, 3.98); Rangers — RH Colby Lewis (8-8, 5.50)

Tuesday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 3.29); Rangers — RH Nick Tepesch (3-7, 4.84)

Wednesday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer (7-6, 3.42); Rangers — RH Miles Mikolas (1-4, 7.29)

Thursday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (7-9, 4.09); Rangers — RH Yu Darvish (10-6. 2.82)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, 60-day, right knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting mid August)

• OF David DeJesus, 15-day, left hand fracture, eligible to return July 3 (targeting mid August)

• C Ryan Hanigan, 15-day, left oblique strain, eligible to return July 24 (targeting mid August)

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for the season.

• INF Jerry Sands, 15-day, left wrist surgery (July 22) out for the season

• OF Wil Myers, 60-day, right wrist fracture, eligible to return July 30 (targeting mid August)

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Wrigley remembrances

• RHP Joel Peralta was a minor-leaguer with a girlfriend in Chicago and a buddy from his hometown (Juan Cruz) on the Cubs the first time he went to Wrigley field in 2002, and he returns for the first time today having pitched in the other 29 stadiums (and 33 total). "I saw my first big-league game there, and it's the only one I've never played in," Peralta said. "That's crazy, right? It's unbelievable."

• OF Kevin Kiermaier was a rabid Cubs fan (even naming his dog after Sammy Sosa) as a kid, thrilled his parents could make the three-hour trip from their Fort Wayne, Ind., home for a game. The problem came when a fan seated near them was hit on the head by a foul ball (a towering popup by ex-Ray Fred McGriff) and Kiermaier, who had eaten a whole bag of peanuts, got his usual queasy at the sight of blood and threw up all over the seats, so messy his family had to leave. "That's my Wrigley Field story I'll never forget," he said.

• C Toby Hall was just minding his business behind the plate during the Rays' one previous trip to Wrigley, in 2003, when Sosa's bat shattered on a swing and his reputation went with it as a piece of cork flew out, resulting in an eight-game suspension

Going retro

The Rays are unveiling a "road" version of their retro "fauxback" jerseys (more gold) and caps (less blue) for Sunday's '80s day game in Chicago.

 
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