Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

Tampa Bay Rays: Hairy J.P. Howell; bullpen's tender moment

Rays at Marlins

When/where: 4:10 today; Sun Life Stadium, Miami

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable starters


LH David Price (5-3, 3.59)

MARLINS RH Javier Vazquez (2-4, 7-55)

Watch for …

Price check: Price is coming off a rough outing against the Yankees (five runs in five innings). He is 1-1, 2.92 in two starts against the Marlins, losing last year in an aces-high matchup with Josh Johnson.

Big deal: Vazquez was the Marlins' big free agent acquisition ($7 million), but it hasn't worked out too well. Even worse, he has put the Fish in a hole, allowing first-inning runs in each of his eight starts. The well-traveled veteran is 5-5, 4.97 in 16 appearances vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Vazquez

Johnny Damon 8-for-25,

2 HRs

Casey Kotchman 5-for-10

B.J. Upton 9-for-19

Marlins vs. Price

John Buck 4-for-8, HR

Chris Coghlan 0-for-5

Gaby Sanchez 2-for-3

On deck

Sunday: at Marlins, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (4-2, 2.26); Marlins — Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.64)

Monday: at Tigers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (5-2, 3.18); Tigers — Phil Coke (1-5, 3.88)

Tuesday: at Tigers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-4, 3.47); Tigers — Justin Verlander (4-3, 2.96)

Hairy tale of the day

LHP J.P. Howell, out since September 2009, showed up with a beard and long-haired look he admittedly described as "sloppy and controlled," and with plans to let it keep growing. Manager Joe Maddon, naturally, was a big fan given his efforts to grow out his own and suggestions for the other Rays to do the same. "My goal is to someday look like J.P. Howell," Maddon said. "That would be awesome. I could only hope."

Quote of the day

"If we were actually getting (frequent-flier) mileage, it would be awesome."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, after the second of the teams' four flights in nine days

Tender moment of the day

When the Sun Life Stadium kiss-cam focused on the Rays bullpen, coach Bobby Ramos leaned over and gave catcher Scott Cursi a peck.

Tampa Bay Rays: Hairy J.P. Howell; bullpen's tender moment 05/20/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2011 10:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Video: Gordon Hayward's message to Celtics from hospital bed after gruesome injury


    BOSTON — Gordon Hayward's face was etched in pain and shock.

    Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics sits on the floor after being injured while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. [Gregory Shamus | Getty Images]
  2. Rick and Tom podcast: Where does Winston rank among top QBs?


    Where does Bucs QB Jameis Winston rank among current NFL QBs this year? The result might shock you. Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down a new poll by Sports Illustrated in their latest podcast.

    Where does Jameis Winston rank among the NFL's top quarterbacks?
  3. Epilogue: USF's Mike Radomski made thank-yous a way of life


    TAMPA — He was a sucker for baseball and benevolence. Mike Radomski tracked every gesture, regardless of how noble or benign, as meticulously as pitch counts in his volumes of scorebooks.

    Assistant director of communications Mike Radomski, who primarily served as the media liaison for men's basketball but also worked with several other Bulls sports, died shortly after 1 a.m. Oct. 12, 2017 in a car accident on Interstate 75 near his Wildwood home. He was 29. PHOTO PROVIDED.
  4. Cubs down Dodgers 3-2; force NLCS Game 5 Thursday


    CHICAGO — Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, former Ray Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

  5. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm not making any plays'


    TAMPA — Eli Manning gathered his receivers together on the sideline during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and told them he planned to target the weakest link of the secondary all afternoon.

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan gets position in front of Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves for a 5-yard touchdown pass in New England’s win on Oct. 5.