Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon observations about two catchers

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 3:40 today; Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-7. 3.52)

M'S: RH Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.74)

On Hellickson: Got a win despite an unimpressive five-inning outing Friday in Minnesota. Has not made it through seven innings in his past 11 starts, 17 of 21 overall. Is 3-0, 0.92 in four starts vs. M's, allowing .189 average.

On Hernandez: King Felix is having another good season for a bad team, 6-0, 1.73 in his past 10 starts (though he couldn't hold a five-run lead in his last outing vs. the Angels). Is 3-2, 2.28 in nine (all quality) starts vs. Rays, 3-0, 1.40 at Safeco Field.

Key matchups

Rays VS. HERNANDEZ

Evan Longoria6-for-16

Carlos Peña2-for-14

B.J. Upton3-for-28

M'S VS. HELLICKSON

Dustin Ackley2-for-9

Miguel Olivo2-for-9, HR

Brendan Ryan0-for-9

On deck

Thursday: at Angels, 10:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (15-4, 2.50); Angels — Dan Haren (8-9, 4.68)

Friday: at Angels, 10:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (10-7, 4.02); Angels — Jered Weaver (15-2, 2.22)

Saturday: at Angels, 9:30, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.08); Angels — C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.32)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Catcher quotes of the day

"That took a lot out of him, but I'm sure he went back and regenerated whatever he lost."

Manager Joe Maddon, on Rays C Jose Molina "recovering" from his Monday stolen base.

"He's kind of like the The Big Lebowski kind of guy; he's got that in him."

Maddon, on ex-Rays/current Mariners C John Jaso's laid-back personality.

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Tampa Bay 63 52 .548—*

Baltimore 63 53 .543—

Oakland 61 54 .530 1.5

Detroit 62 55 .530 1.5

Los Angeles 60 56 .517 3*

* Late game not included

Number of the day

12

Most consecutive games won in Rays history, June 9-22, 2004

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