Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon defends Evan Longoria's trip to ESPYs; Rays sign nearly every draft pick

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $19-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Probable pitchers

Rays LH David Price (11-4, 2.82)

REd Sox RH Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53)

On Price: After his scoreless inning at Tuesday's All-Star Game, Price faces a foe against whom he has been solid. Current Sox players have no homers in 89 combined at-bats against Price, who is 6-4 with a 3.22 ERA all time against Boston. In his last outing, July 4 against the Yankees, Price allowed one run on four hits in seven innings before the bullpen floundered in a 4-3 defeat.

On Buchholz: Solid at the Trop (3-2, 2.41 ERA) for his career, Buchholz is making his first big-league start in nearly a month. A stomach illness put him on the 15-day DL in late June, followed by a 2⅓-inning scoreless rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.

Rays vs. Buchholz

Carlos Peña 5-for-25, HR

Luke Scott 6-for-26, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-23

Red Sox vs. Price

David Ortiz 4-for-22

Adrian Gonzalez 3-for-18

Will Middlebrooks 2-for-3

On deck

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 4.17); Red Sox — Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.43)

Quote of the day

"It's so easy for people to bark when they have no idea exactly what's going on. Listen, when you pull a hamstring, that hurts a lot, not just a little bit. And it should not preclude him from getting on an airplane and flying to an awards ceremony."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, right, responding to criticism of injured 3B Evan Longoria's decision to attend the ESPYs in Los Angeles

Number of the day

92.5

Percent of draft picks (37 of 40) signed by the Rays, who signed each of their top 28 selections.

Comments
Rays’ Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

Rays’ Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

HOUSTON — Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella wa...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

RHP Ryne Stanek continues to look comfortable and confident as the game opener, retiring all five batters he faced. His six starts now cover a complete game, and he has allowed only two runs in the nine innings.OF Carlos Gomez's feelings about not li...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

UPDATE, 6:40: Cash said he had a good talk with Hechavarria, and that he understood the situation. Cash said Hechavarria will get to play some, and when he does it will be at short. … RHP Chris Archer (abdominal strain) is slated to throw a bul...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

CF Kevin Kiermaier is here in Houston and will work out with the Rays today, and said that if all goes well he will be activated on Tuesday.That would be a couple days ahead of his most recent timetable, which had him slated to return to Friday.Kierm...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

The Rays lose three of four games in New York as Rick Stroud says they fail to figure out the Yankees' pitching. With Christian Arroyo injured, they activate Adeiny Hechavarria — one of the stars of Sunday's win — from the disabled list a...
Published: 06/18/18
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays. The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last ...
Published: 06/18/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

The Rays remain committed to using an "opener" three times in five game stretches, but that seems to tax the bullpen too much. Wilmer Font showed Sunday that he should be able to handle starting, at least until Chris Archer returns.It was only one wi...
Published: 06/17/18
Updated: 06/18/18
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays.The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last week’s p...
Published: 06/17/18

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

The Rays remain committed to using an "opener" three times in five game stretches, but that seems to tax the bullpen too much. Wilmer Font showed Sunday that he should be able to handle starting, at least until Chris Archer returns.e_SClBIt was only ...
Published: 06/17/18
Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

NEW YORK — You had seen this game before.So had the radio guys, the coaches, the manager, the players and, certainly, the bosses.The Rays grab an early lead over the Yankees. They look like they are headed to a rare win in the Bronx. And then when th...
Published: 06/17/18