Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Draft pick heads to Class A; base coach shuffle with Foley out; Zobrist returns

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Promotions: Joe Maddon bobblehead to first 10,000 fans, and DJ Afrojack postgame concert

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (3-5, 4.59)

Marlins: RH Carlos Zambrano (4-4, 3.55)

On Moore: With one win in his first 10 starts, Moore has now won his past two. In last week's win against Miami, he gave up five hits and four runs with nine strikeouts and two walks over six innings. He has a 3.44 ERA in his last six starts.

On Zambrano: He left last week's loss to the Rays with back stiffness. In 2⅓ innings, he allowed seven runs on five hits, walking three and striking out one. He has lost both career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Zambrano

B.J. Upton 2-for-6

Ben Zobrist 1-for-1, HR

Marlins vs. Moore

Justin Ruggiano 2-for-2, HR

Giancarlo Stanton 2-for-3

On deck

Saturday: vs. Marlins, 7:15; Ch. 13. Rays — James Shields (7-4, 4.06); Marlins — Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 3.40)

Pick receives assignment

Rays 2011 first-round draft pick RHP Taylor Guerrieri will make his professional debut with the short-season Class A affiliate in Hudson Valley, N.Y. Guerrieri, 19, signed in August for a $1.6 million bonus. He has since spent time in instructional ball, spring training and extended spring training. Rated the 10th overall prospect by Baseball America in 2011, Guerrieri was available for the Rays at No. 24. He posted a 6-1 record with a 1.10 ERA as a senior at Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) High.

Base coach shuffle

Third-base coach Tom Foley missed Thursday's game due to personal reasons. He was replaced by first-base coach George Hendrick. Roving catching instructor Jamie Nelson coached first. Foley is expected back for tonight's game against the Marlins.

Return of the day

2B Ben Zobrist was back after a two-day absence (flu, sore right hand) and hit two doubles. "I was a little bit weaker because of the flu, but my hand is at about 90 percent," he said.

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