Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Joyce's All-Star memories; Tim McCarver praises franchise, Joe Maddon

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH James Shields (8-7, 2.33)

Red Sox

RH John Lackey (6-8, 6.84)

Watch for ...

Bounce back: Shields has lost three in a row despite allowing a combined six earned runs. He's 6-9, 4.71 in 17 starts against Boston and threw a complete-game shutout against it June 14.

Johnny on the spot: Lackey snapped a three-game skid his last time out with 62/3 scoreless innings against Baltimore. He has fared well against Tampa Bay, 11-4, 3.75 in 16 starts.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lackey

Johnny Damon 18-for-50

Evan Longoria 5-for-18

B.J. Upton 3-for-21, HR

Red Sox vs. Shields

David Ortiz 12-for-36, 3 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 13-for-34, 2 HRs

Kevin Youkilis 3-for-35

Memory of the day

As memorable as RF Matt Joyce's first All-Star Game was, including hitting a single with his father "absolutely ecstatic" in the stands, he said the most fun was hanging with other stars. He chatted with Yankees 2B Robinson Cano before the Home Run Derby and with Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez and Rangers OF Josh Hamilton at dinner. He talked hitting with White Sox RF Carlos Quentin. "It was funny because he was asking me questions," Joyce said. "I was like, 'Wait a minute here, buddy. I don't know if I'm the guy to ask.' "

Quote of the day

"They've done a remarkable job, especially considering all the changes that have taken place. And they've got the perfect guy running the show."

Tim McCarver, Fox analyst and former big-league catcher on the Rays and manager Joe Maddon

Guest of the day

Former Florida football coach Urban Meyer chatted with Rays manager Joe Maddon, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and Red Sox manager Terry Francona during batting practice.

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Joyce's All-Star memories; Tim McCarver praises franchise, Joe Maddon 07/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 11:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  4. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State

    College

    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.