Sunday, May 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore ready to discuss uniform number with Matsui; John Jaso excited about return

Rays vs. Mariners

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 (0-1, 4.68)

MARINERS: RH Hector Noesi (1-2, 8.83)

On Moore: Winless in four starts but showing improvement, Moore's biggest issues have been too many walks, 14 in 25 innings, for a 5.04 per 9 IP ratio that is fourth highest in the AL, and too many hits by lefties, 10 in 20 at-bats.

On Noesi: Acquired from the Yankees in Michael Pineda trade, Noesi has had one dazzling start (8 shutout IP) and three rough ones. He is 0-1, 9.64 in two starts vs. Rays, 0-1, 4.22 in five appearances total.

Key matchups

Rays VS. NOESI

Brandon Allen 2-for-2, HR

Matt Joyce 2-for-3

Evan Longoria 3-for-6

B.J. Upton 2-for-6

MARINERS VS. MOORE

None have faced

On deck

Wednesday: Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (4-0, 3.31); Mariners — Blake Beavan (1-2, 3.60)

Thursday: Mariners, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (1-3, 3.86); Mariners — Kevin Millwood (0-2, 5.24)

Friday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (4-1, 2.67); A's — TBA

Saturday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.51); A's — TBA

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day

C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Interrogating question of the day

Rookie LHP Matt Moore has worn No. 55 during his short time with the Rays. Hideki Matsui wore it for nine years with the Yankees, Angels and A's. That led to a crowd of Japanese, and then U.S., media asking what he'd do if Matsui joins the team. Moore said he likes the number (he wore 5 in high school, different digits in the minors) but was open. "If Hideki came up to me and asked for it, or whatever that scenario was, I really haven't given it much thought to even comment on what I would say," Moore replied.

Chart of the day

The Rays finished their second-best April in team history:

YearW-L
199812-13
199912-12
20009-15
20018-18
20029-15
20039-17
20046-13
20058-16


Welcome back of the day

C John Jaso spent his first nine years of pro ball in the Rays organization, including parts of three seasons in the majors. Monday, he returned as a Mariner. "It's cool to be back here," he said. "Those are all my friends."

YearW-L
200611-14
200711-14
200814-12
20099-14
201017-6
201115-12
201215-8

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