Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

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AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 74 53 .583—

Tampa Bay 70 57 .551 4

Baltimore 69 57 .548 41/2

Boston 61 67 .477 131/2

Toronto 56 70 .444 171/2

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Tampa Bay 70 57 .551

Oakland 69 57 .548—

Baltimore 69 57 .548—

Detroit 69 58 .5431/2

Los Angeles 66 62 .516 4

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

Yes, they were off Sunday

Because of the Republican National Convention welcome party at Tropicana Field, the Rays adjusted their schedule and had a rare Sunday off. It was the first scheduled Sunday off in the majors, not related to an international trip, since 1995, when there was a conflict with a football game in St. Louis.

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (16-4, 2.28)

RaNGERs: LH Derek Holland (8-6. 4.92)

On Price: MLB ERA and co-wins leader has struggled vs. Rangers, going 1-3, 5.22 in seven regular-season starts (with a win April 29), 0-3, 4.65 in postseason. Has thrown eight shutout innings twice in past four starts without a win.

On Holland: Ended five-start winless streak Wednesday vs. Baltimore. Is 3-2, 4.72 in nine starts since coming off DL. Has 3-2, 6.49 mark in six regular-season starts vs. Rays, 1-0, 3.27 in four games (one start) in playoffs.

Key matchups

Rays VS. HOLLAND

Matt Joyce 4-for-9, HR

Evan Longoria 8-for-20, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 10-for-19, HR

RaNGERS VS. PRICE

Nelson Cruz 8-for-19, 2 HRs

Josh Hamilton 4-for-24

Michael Young 3-for-25

* includes postseason

On deck

Tuesday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (12-7, 4.01); Rangers — Yu Darvish (12-9, 4.51)

Wednesday: at Rangers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.32) or Matt Moore (10-7, 3.60); Rangers — Matt Harrison (15-7, 3.04)

Thursday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-7, 3.60) or Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.32); Jays — Brandon Morrow (7-5, 3.06)

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