Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Maddon, Hellickson get awards; Upton provides food

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (2-0, 3.38)

Twins:

RH Carl Pavano (1-1, 5.23)

Promotion: Evan Longoria walkoff figurine to the first 10,000 fans.

Watch for …

Strong Shields: Shields is coming off an outing against the Red Sox on Monday in which he threw 81/3 scoreless innings in an 1-0 victory. He is 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA in nine starts against the Twins.

Carl in charge: Pavano beat the Yankees in his last start, giving up three runs over seven innings against his former team. He is 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 13 starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Pavano

Carlos Peña 1-for-11, HR

Evan Longoria 2-for-13

Matt Joyce 4-for-8

Twins vs. Shields

Joe Mauer 8-for-21

Denard Span 2-for-20

Justin Morneau 8-for-23, HR

On deck

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:40. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 4.50); Twins — Francisco Liriano (0-2, 11.91)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 15-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 15-day

C Jose Lobaton, shoulder, 15-day

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Spending on spreads

CF B.J. Upton believes he did his teammates right while on a seven-game rehabilitation stint with Class A Charlotte and Double A Montgomery, assuming the tradition of providing the postgame dinner spread. He bought Carrabba's a few times but said Outback Steakhouse was the biggest hit. "They hear about … you get to the big leagues and it's steak and lobster," Upton said. "I feel like I did a pretty good job taking care of them."

Hardware of the day

Joe Maddon (manager of the year) and RHP Jeremy Hellickson (rookie of the year) received their 2011 awards during a pregame ceremony Friday. Hellickson said he probably will put his in his basement until he gets a showcase. "It's a pretty amazing award to win," Hellickson said. "To get the hardware finally is going to feel good." Maddon, whose 2008 manager of the year award is in the clubhouse, is not sure where he'll put this one. "It's really cool," Maddon said. "I'm very grateful to have it."

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