Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Evan Longoria has Carlos Peña laughing with photo; team wants fans' Longo poses

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:35 p.m. today, Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (0-0, 2.70)

Red Sox: LH Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.60)

Watch for …

Felix the cat: Doubront makes his fifth career start, and second of the season, after earning a rotation spot in spring training. He lost to the Rays in July at the Trop, allowing 2 runs in 5.2 IP.

Moore encore: Moore, a bit off in his season debut Tuesday, threw three impressive relief innings at Fenway in September, allowing only two hits in his second big-league appearance.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Doubront

Evan Longoria 1-for-2

Sean Rodriguez 1-for-3

Luke Scott 1-for-1 HR

Red Sox vs. Moore

Mike Aviles 1-for-1

David Ortiz 0-for-1

Dustin Pedroia 0-for-2

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Longo pose of the day

It's not quite Tebowing, but the Rays are encouraging fans to "Do the Longo" — arms up in celebration, fingers extended, like after his 2011 Game 162-winning homer — and send in photos to their Facebook page. Longoria didn't know of the plan but is okay with it. "I'm not interested in becoming a trending topic, but that's pretty cool," he said. "It's commendable."

Longo photo of the day

For a guy not wanting attention, Evan Longoria surely got some by posting this picture on Twitter — with apologies to Carlos Peña — of the two in the cold tub after Friday's game. "Why? Why would he do that?" Peña said, laughing. "Tweeting is an epidemic. Even without tweeting, I'm on Twitter."

   
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