Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Zimmer tribute; Sean Rodriguez's rare feat

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (4-4, 4.28)

Red Sox: RH Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.33)

On Price: Allowed 11 hits, one shy of his career high, Sunday against the Angels but improved his majors-leading strikeout/walk ratio to 12.83. Is 10-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 20 starts against the Red Sox.

On Peavy: Has struggled in his past two starts, allowing 20 hits and 11 runs over 101/3 innings. Is 3-2, 4.60 in seven starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Peavy

David DeJesus 5-for-27, HR

James Loney 10-for-35, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 4-for-20, HR

Red Sox vs. Price

David Ortiz 10-for-41, 2 HRs

Jonny Gomes 4-for-23

Dustin Pedroia 13-for-48, HR

On deck

Sunday: Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98); Red Sox — TBA

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-2, 2.63); Jays — TBA

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — TBA; Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (7-1, 2.11)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting late June/early July)

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow soreness, eligible April 23 (had surgery April 22, out for the season)

• 2B Ben Zobrist, left thumb dislocation, eligible May 30 (might be out into June)

Special tribute

Rays third base coach Tom Foley on Friday started wearing the No. 66 jersey of senior adviser Don Zimmer, 83, who is recovering from April heart surgery and related lung issues. Zimmer, transferred recently to a rehab facility, is close to coming off a ventilator and breathing on his own. "All that can be said is he is fighting to survive," son Tom Zimmer said.

Rare feat

Sean Rodriguez, who entered Thursday's game vs. the A's at second base in the 10th, was the first player to hit a walkoff homer after entering as a defensive replacement in extra innings since the Orioles' Taylor Teagarden (July 4, 2012), the Elias Sports Bureau said. He is one of five active players to do so. That includes Phillies INF Reid Brignac, who did it in the 11th of a 1-0 Rays win over the Yankees on Sept. 13, 2010. The others: Dodgers' David Ross (Sept. 30, 2004), White Sox's Nick Swisher (Aug. 5, 2008) and Cubs' Reed Johnson (April 20, 2011).



Number of the day

36.7 Percentage of basestealers caught by the Rays this season, best in the American League entering Friday

 
Comments
For Rays Wilson Ramos, horrors of 2011 kidnapping remain

For Rays Wilson Ramos, horrors of 2011 kidnapping remain

PORT CHARLOTTE – Lying on the floor of a Venezuelan mountain hideout as his kidnappers and would-be rescuers exchanged gunfire for more than five minutes, Wilson Ramos, understandably, feared the worst. "Everything I was thinking in that momen...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Denard Span happy to be with Rays now, would be happier March 29

Denard Span happy to be with Rays now, would be happier March 29

PORT CHARLOTTE – OF Denard Span was truly happy to be here in Rays camp on Saturday.But the Tampa product said he'll be much happier – and more relaxed – if he actually makes it to the regular season with his hometown team.The Rays ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Live from Port Charlotte: Rays to continue parade of arms

Live from Port Charlotte: Rays to continue parade of arms

UPDATE, 9:59: Span, Williams and Velazquez have all reported to camp, leaving the Rays just Hechavarria shy of  a full house.Velazquez, who played last season at Double-A Montgomery, said he was pleasantly surprised to get a call on Tuesday, whi...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Dave Martinez has brought a slightly different approach to spring training

Dave Martinez has brought a slightly different approach to spring training

WEST PALM BEACH – Washington Nationals pitchers and catchers began Friday's workout at 9:30 a.m. with their daily Circle of Trust meeting. The gathering, designed to foster communication and competition, closed with hearty applause before the p...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

MIAMI — Miami-Dade County is suing former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter seeking money from the $1.2 billion sale of the team.The suit contends a 2009 agreement calls for the county and city of ...
Published: 02/17/18
What does Rays Kiermaier want to prove? Only that he’s best on the planet

What does Rays Kiermaier want to prove? Only that he’s best on the planet

PORT CHARLOTTE  — Kevin Kiermaier has his own honey do list.Married life has been good since he and Marissa had the "best-day-ever" November wedding then a "week-in-paradise" honeymoon in Antigua. And if that didn't make for a hectic enoug...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Joe Maddon impressed by Anthony Rizzo’s emotional speech at vigil

Joe Maddon impressed by Anthony Rizzo’s emotional speech at vigil

By Paul SullivanChicago Tribune (TNS)Anthony Rizzo's emotional speech Thursday in Florida at the vigil for victims of the Parkland school shooting continued to reverberate a day later.Manager Joe Maddon texted his first baseman afterwards, telling Ri...
Published: 02/16/18
Rays journal: Odorizzi knows how much he’ll get paid, but from who?

Rays journal: Odorizzi knows how much he’ll get paid, but from who?

PORT CHARLOTTE — RHP Jake Odorizzi was pleased to get resolved how much he will get paid this season, winning a $6.3 million salary when he prevailed in an arbitration hearing for the second straight year.But he is still dealing with the uncert...
Published: 02/16/18
Live from Port Charlotte: Arms impress, Sternberg visits, Sucre reports

Live from Port Charlotte: Arms impress, Sternberg visits, Sucre reports

UPDATE, 12:45: Having seen all pitchers in camp throw over the first few days, manager Kevin Cash has been impressed:"There's a lot of "wow" arms."Also Friday:* Principal owner Stuart Sternberg made his first visit to camp, and spoke just briefly abo...
Published: 02/16/18
Rizzo leaves Cubs camp, returns home to Parkland in wake of shooting

Rizzo leaves Cubs camp, returns home to Parkland in wake of shooting

MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left spring training Thursday for his home in Parkland in South Florida to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.RELATED: 'When you're killing children &#...
Published: 02/16/18