Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Zobrist utility belt, Price's return to rotation

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-$190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (4-10, 4.95)

Twins: RH Samuel Deduno (4-3, 3.57)

On Hernandez: Shares AL lead with 10 losses, though in part due to minimal run support. Has made back-to-back quality starts but still has lost four straight. Is 5-9 with a 5.05 ERA in 21 appearances against Twins.

On Deduno: Makes ninth start since late-May promotion. Has allowed three or fewer runs in six of past seven starts. Standout on Dominican World Baseball Classic championship team. Has never faced Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Deduno

James Loney 0-for-1

twins vs. Hernandez

Joe Mauer 12-for-28

Justin Morneau 8-for-29, 2 HR

Trevor Plouffe 2-for-7, 2 HRs

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (2-3, 4.17); Twins — Kyle Gibson (1-1, 7.94)

Wednesday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-3, 4.67); Twins — Kevin Correia (6-6, 4.19)

Thursday: vs. Twins, 12:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (12-3, 3.42); Twins — Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 5.63)

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (3-4, 4.18); Astros — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Good look

C Jose Lobaton (right) was tooling around the clubhouse pregame modeling the Super Zo Utility Belt that was given to kids Sunday. Lobaton, who gets teased about his love of food, made one modification at the suggestion of Ben Zobrist, who told him, "You need to add some forks and spoons." Zobrist, meanwhile, thought it was a cool item in his honor. "It's awesome," he said. "I know my kids are going to dig it. And I'm going to try to put it on."

Quote of the day

"It means everything."

Evan Longoria, Rays 3B, on the significance of having ace David Price back in the rotation after a stint on the DL with a strained triceps

Stats of the day

6-1 Rays' record thus far in a 14-game stretch against the Astros, White Sox and Twins

8 Consecutive games by the Rays without an error

1.95 Rays starters' ERA over the past 14 games (11-3)

1 Three-ball count for David Price in facing 55 batters over two starts since coming off the DL

 
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