Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Chris Archer joins exclusive strikeout club; B.J. Upton momentarily confused before curtain call

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 79 60 .568—

Baltimore 78 62 .557—

Tampa Bay 77 63 .550 1

Los Angeles 77 63 .550 1

Detroit 73 66 .525 41/2

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

Numbers of the day

3, 8

Number of three-homer games and two-hit complete game shutouts in Rays history.

Another fan club

With 11 strikeouts Saturday, RHP Chris Archer, per Elias, became the second pitcher in the past 25 years to fan at least 25 in his first three big-league starts, joining Washington's Stephen Strasburg. Last in the AL? Al Leiter, with 1987 Yankees.



What if?

Had David Murphy, below, not singled in the eighth, Rays RHP James Shields could have finished with a one-hitter, the only hit a second-inning infield single. Nelson Cruz hit a slow bouncer to SS Ben Zobrist, who hurried and bounced his throw, which 1B Carlos Peña couldn't scoop. Official scorer Bill Mathews ruled it a hit and said he would not have gone back and changed it, even if it was the only hit, based on how slowly the ball was hit and how fast Cruz moved down the line. Shields said in that case he might have appealed the decision to MLB.

Today: Off

Next game: at Orioles, 7:05 Tuesday, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-9, 3.66); Orioles — Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.46)

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

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

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