Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Bucs coach Greg Schiano's wild toss; leading AL in hit by pitches

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 4:10 today, Tropicana Field

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

Promotion: Postgame concert by LL Cool J

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.83)

Orioles:

LH Brian Matusz (4-5, 4.82)

On Hellickson: He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his 10 starts this year. He has fared well against the Orioles, going 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA in seven career appearances.

On Matusz: He has won three of his past four starts, allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of them. He is 4-2 with a 5.30 ERA in seven career starts against Tampa Bay.

Orioles vs. Hellickson

Adam Jones 6-for-16, 2 HRs

Mark Reynolds 2-for-10

Matt Wieters 2-for-10

Rays vs. Matusz

Sean Rodriguez 3-for-13

B.J. Upton 5-for-14

Ben Zobrist 4-for-14, HR

On deck

Sunday: vs. Orioles; 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-5, 4.76); Orioles — TBA

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Yankees; 7:05, Sun Sports, MLB. Rays — James Shields (6-3, 3.95); Yankees — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

1B/OF Brandon Allen, right quad strain, May 25

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, Tuesday

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, Tuesday

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, Tuesday

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 60-day, July 13

OF Desmond Jennings, left knee sprain, 15-day, Sunday

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, Sunday

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

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

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Wild Thing appears at the Trop

Bucs coach Greg Schiano threw out the ceremonial first pitch, with Rays manager Joe Maddon squatting behind the plate as the receiver. But Schiano, who stood just outside the mound cutout, sailed the pitch well over Maddon's head and nearly struck the backstop on the fly.

"I should've gotten up on the mound I guess, huh?" Schiano said. "Too much strength. I've got to get out of the weight room.

"I said, "Coach, you've got to get out of your crouch."

Number of the day

30 Rays hitters have been hit by a pitch this season, tops in the American League. They're on pace for 95, easily surpassing the club record of 73 set in 2011.

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