Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Zimmer honored in team picture

Rays vs. Angels

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports, TBS; 620-AM

Tickets: $18-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Wil Myers bike horn

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (7-8, 3.80)

ANGELS: RH Jered Weaver (11-6, 3.62)

On Odorizzi: Allowed a run on three hits in seven innings in Monday's win over the Brewers. Has allowed three or fewer runs in nine straight starts. Took a 2-0 loss in only start against the Angels last August.

On Wilson: Surrendered six runs in his last start. Was 3-0 in July, but his 4.54 ERA that month was his highest mark of the season. Is 4-4, 3.78 lifetime against the Rays and took the loss on May 16.

Key matchups

Rays VS. WEAVER

Yunel Ecobar 6-for-10, HR

James Loney 10-for-32

Evan Longoria 5-for-15

ANGELS VS. ODORIZZI

Josh Hamilton 0-for-2

J.B. Shuck 1-for-2

Hank Conger 1-for-1

On deck

Monday: at Athletics, 10:05. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.54); Athletics — RH Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 3.19)

Tuesday: at Athletics, 10:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (6-9, 3.93); Athletics — RH Jason Hammel (0-4, 9.53)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Numbers of the day

12 Times new Rays LHP Drew Smyly used the word "excited" in a four-minute meeting with reporters.

105⅓ Innings thrown by Smyly this season for Detroit.

76 Innings thrown by Smyly for the Tigers last year, out of the bullpen.

Remembering Zim

The Rays took a team picture before Saturday's game. The image was incomplete — new pitcher Drew Smyly had just entered the stadium and didn't have time to make it. The Rays also left an empty chair in memory of Don Zimmer, the senior baseball adviser who died in June.

Mashed Potato Heads

Rays manager Joe Maddon delivered a box of the Mr. Potato Head toys in his likeness to Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who responded by showing Maddon a video of him using the toys for soft-toss practice in his office. "Oh, we're sending him a bill," said Maddon, who coached under Scioscia with the Angels. "There's potatoes flying everywhere."

 
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