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 news and notes: Ben Zobrist jabs Matt Joyce; Casey Kotchman's 'Dumb Just Enough' joke

ALDS (best of five) Rays at Rangers

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: TNT; 620-AM, 1040-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays RH James Shields (16-12, 2.82)

Rangers LH Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95)

Watch for ...

Shields up: Shields beat the Rangers in back-to-back starts Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, allowing one earned run in 17 innings and only eight hits. Overall he is 5-2, 3.05 against them. He is 2-3, 3.68 in five postseason starts.

Holland tunnel: The only start Holland didn't win of his last six was a Sept. 7 no-decision at the Trop (four runs, six hits, 6⅔ innings.) Overall he is 3-1 in five starts against the Rays, but with a 6.51 ERA.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Holland

Evan Longoria 6-for-13 HR

B.J. Upton 5-for-12 HR

Ben Zobrist3-for-12 HR

Rangers vs. Shields

Adrian Beltre8-for-31 HR

Josh Hamilton2-for-16 HR

Ian Kinsler3-for-21 HR

On deck

Sunday: Off, workout day at Tropicana Field

Monday: Game 3, vs. Rangers, 5:07, TBS. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95) or David Price (12-13, 3.49); Rangers — Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40) or Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39)

Tuesday: Game 4, vs. Rangers (if necessary), TBA, TBS. Rays — David Price (12-13, 3.49) or Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95); Rangers — Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39) or Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40)

Wednesday: Off, workout day at Rangers Ballpark, Arlington

Thursday: Game 5 (if necessary), at Rangers, TBA, TBS. Rays — James Shields (16-12, 2.82); Rangers — C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94)

Zinger of the day

2B/OF Ben Zobrist — the genial, soft-spoken, religious Ben Zobrist — poked fun at Matt Joyce, right, about being dropped to ninth in the lineup. "He said I might be the only All-Star player to hit ninth," Joyce recalled. "Then he was like, 'No wait, All-Star players hit ninth all the time — they're called pitchers.' And this is Zo saying this."



List of the day

Rays with multihomer postseason games:

Evan Longoria 2 '08 ALDS Gm 1

B.J. Upton 2 '08 ALDS Gm 4

Kelly Shoppach 2 '11 ALDS Gm 1

Slogan of the day

DUMB JUST ENOUGH

1B Casey Kotchman came up with it, playing off how unlikely it was for the Rays to be even in the playoffs that they could end up champs, and posted it on the clubhouse whiteboard. At least that's Matt Joyce's understanding. "We're not supposed to be here, so we might just be dumb enough to win this whole thing," Joyce said. "And (Kotchman) wrote it that way because, obviously, we're dumb."

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Ben Zobrist jabs Matt Joyce; Casey Kotchman's 'Dumb Just Enough' joke 09/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Where Tampa's national championship ranks among the greatest games ever

    Blogs

    If you needed any more convincing that Tampa's national championship at Raymond James Stadium was one of the best games in college football history, let me direct you to

  2. What you should know about new Rays reliever Dan Jennings

    Blogs

    The Rays have finally brought in a reliever — and this one isn't a DFA'd castoff. White Sox left-hander Dan Jennings Artsy, no?

  3. Sign up for the daily News at Noon email newsletter

    News

    The Tampa Bay Times has launched a daily newsletter called News at Noon. It'll be the perfect way to catch up with the latest breaking news and our top stories right in your inbox each weekday.

  4. Video shows ex-Bucs DT Brian Price going through glass door

    Blogs

    More and more stories are coming forward of former NFL players and the sad, stunning effects of CTE after their football careers, and a new video shows former Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price running …

    Former Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price, shown arriving at One Buc Place for training camp in the 2012 preseason, is shown in a video from a Michigan TV station running through the glass door of an auto parts store.
  5. HomeTeam 100: Players 11-20

    Footballpreps

     Rising senior DE/TE Judge Culpepper (right) tackles OL Bryce Love during practice at Plant High School in Tampa, on Tuesday May 2, 2017.