Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Analysts put lots of thought into trade proposals involving Rays

Rays at Angels

When/Where: 3:35 today; Angel Stadium of Anaheim

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (5-6, 3.42)

Angels: RH Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.44 with Brewers)

On Hellickson: Snapped a nine-start winless (and six-game losing) streak on Tuesday in Baltimore, working into the seventh for his first win since May 16. Is 1-1, 3.29 in three games vs. Angels, all at the Trop.

On Greinke: Acquired Friday from the Brewers, Orlando native jumps right into Angels rotation as hired gun. Former Royals ace is 2-4, 3.32 in 12 games (nine starts) vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Greinke

Matt Joyce 4-for-10, HR

Carlos Peña 6-for-36, HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-17

Angels vs. Hellickson

Torii Hunter 1-for-7

Howie Kendrick 1-for-5

Albert Pujols 0-for-3

On deck

Monday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (14-4, 2.57); A's — A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.25)

Tuesday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-7, 4.52); A's — Tommy Milone (9-7, 3.51)

Wednesday: at A's, 3:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-8, 4.93); A's — Jarrod Parker (7-4, 3.38)

Thursday: Off

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 60-day, June 30

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

DH Luke Scott, oblique strain, 15-day, Aug. 5

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Trade advice of the day

ESPN/Sirius XM's Jim Bowden — he of the creative mind, as Joe Maddon says — suggests this blockbuster deal: RHP James Shields, right, and CF B.J. Upton to Texas for OF Craig Gentry and prospects RHP Cody Buckel, SS Leury Garcia and RHP Luke Jackson.

Trade advice of the day, part II

The Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers put a lot of thought into this suggested deal: OF/DH Alfonso Soriano, right, 1B Bryan LaHair, C Geovany Soto and $22 million to the Rays for DH Luke Scott or 1B Carlos Peña, RHP Chris Archer, INF Tim Beckham and another two or three prospects.

Number of the day

95

Home runs hit and allowed by the Rays through 100 games.

Comments
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