Sunday, November 19, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Damon endorses playing for Rays; Luke Scott films promo for "Star Wars Day"

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Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-$210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (5-6, 4.42)

INDIANS: RH Josh Tomlin (5-5, 5.45)

On Moore: He has won four of his past seven starts, though he dropped his last outing to the Indians, allowing five runs over 42/3 innings. He is 4-3 with a 3.79 ERA in 10 home starts.

On Tomlin: He has won two of his past three starts, giving up one run over seven innings in beating the Rays July 5. He is 1-1, 3.79 in three career starts vs. Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays VS. TOMLIN

Luke Scott 2-for-9, HR

Jose Molina 4-for-7, HR

Ben Zobrist 0-for-8

INDIANS VS. MOORE

Michael Brantley 1-for-3

Jose Lopez 1-for-3

Shin-Soo Choo 0-for-3

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-6, 3.48); Indians — Justin Masterson (6-8, 4.14)

Thursday: vs. Indians, 12:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-4, 2.80); Indians — Ubaldo Jimenez (8-8, 5.09)

Friday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-6, 4.44); Mariners — Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 5.13)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"It's a cool place. I think if everyone had a chance to realize how awesome it is to play here, they'll come here."

Indians LF Johnny Damon, a Ray in 2011, on playing for Tampa Bay

The 'Dark Side'

DH Luke Scott had fun filming a promotional spot with Darth Vader and a few Stormtroopers Monday afternoon, in preparation for Sunday's "Star Wars Day" at Tropicana Field. "I don't necessarily agree with the 'Dark Side,' but it was just goofing around," Scott quipped. "I got some hitting tips."

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