Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton joins 20-20 club; Twitter helps Upton recover lost wallet

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight, Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

LH Matt Moore (10-9, 3.66)

Orioles:

RH Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.46)

On Moore: Victim of bad defense in his last game, still is 4-2, 2.36, with 55 Ks and 15 BBs over his past eight starts. Is 3-1, 1.13 in four games (three starts) vs. Orioles, including a loss May 12.

On Hammel: Former Ray rejoined rotation last week, missing two months due to right knee surgery. A surprising success with O's after '11 struggles in Colorado, trade. First time facing Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hammel

Jeff Keppinger 1-for-4

Jose Molina 2-for-5

Ryan Roberts 1-for-14

Orioles vs. Moore

J.J. Hardy 2-for-10

Adam Jones 4-for-9

Matt Wieters 4-for-7, 2 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (9-8, 4.28); Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez (6-4, 3.62)

Thursday: at Orioles, 12:35, no TV. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.33); Orioles — TBA

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Saturday: at Yankees, 4:05, Ch. 13. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

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

INF Sean Rodriguez, right hand fracture, 15-day, Sept. 15

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 79 61 .564—

Baltimore78 62 .557 1

Tampa Bay 77 63 .550 2

Toronto 64 75 .460 141/2

Boston 63 78 .447161/2

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 80 60 .571—

Baltimore 78 62 .557—

Tampa Bay 77 63 .550 1

Los Angeles 77 64 .546 11/2

Detroit 73 67 .521 5

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

20-20 vision

With his three homers Sunday, CF B.J. Upton became the fourth player to reach the 20-20 club this season:

Player, teamHRSB
Mike Trout, Angels2644
Alex Rios, White Sox2220
Ryan Braun, Brewers3823
B.J. Upton, Rays2129

More to Upton's day

B.J. Upton really did have a good day Sunday, in addition to his three homers and the Rays win. His wallet fell out of his truck while at Channelside after the game and a fan (Brent Sutton, @Brent813) found it, reached out to Upton on Twitter and returned it to him, intact, by the end of the night. Upton gave him his thanks, plus a bat, and offered him game tickets. "I don't use Twitter a ton," Upton said. "But I'm sure glad I had it (Sunday)."

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