Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon may add loot to Elliot Johnson Twitter contest; Fernando Rodney reaches 30 saves faster than any other Ray

Rays at A's

When/where: 10:05 tonight; Oakland Coliseum

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (8-7, 4.52)

a's: RH Tommy Milone (9-7, 3.51)

On Shields: Shields hasn't been going well as it is (1-3, 5.26 in his past eight starts), and Oakland has been a rough place for him, with a 1-2, 6.46 mark in five career starts. Overall, he is 4-3, 4.58 against the A's.

On Milone: Acquired from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez trade, Milone has stepped in well in first full big-league season. He beat the Rays on May 6 at the Trop despite allowing five runs in five innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. milone

Matt Joyce 2-for-2

Ryan Roberts 2-for-2

B.J. Upton 1-for-1, HR

A'S vs. shiELDS

Coco Crisp 6-for-21

Josh Reddick 3-for-13, HR

Kurt Suzuki 4-for-14

On deck

Wednesday: at A's, 3:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-8, 4.93); A's — Jarrod Parker (7-4, 3.38)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (7-7, 4.01); O's — TBA

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 3.23); O's — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Contest of the day

INF Elliot Johnson is holding a contest via his @ElliotJohnson9 Twitter account each Tuesday for the rest of the season, offering a signed ball and other prizes to a fan who comes closest to guessing that night's lineup. Manager Joe Maddon said he'd add to the haul: "Maybe the signed lineup card, maybe the scratch paper it was written on, just like when they wrote Let It Be."

0-to-30, in a hurry

RHP Fernando Rodney, above, became the fourth pitcher in Rays history to reach 30 saves and did so quicker than any of the others:

YearPitcherGame
2012F. Rodney103
2010Rafael Soriano104
2005Danys Baez104
YearPitcherGame
1999R. Hernandez111
2000R. Hernandez152
2004Danys Baez158

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