Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Taking in the Ryder Cup; much love for Fernando Rodney

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 4:05 p.m., U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (10-11, 3.92)

White Sox: LH Chris Sale (17-7, 2.86)

On Moore: Coming off three straight starts of four or fewer innings, including 2 2/3 last time out. Has lost four times over his past five starts, with a 6.14 ERA. Lost a May 28 start against Sox and Sale.

On Sale: Lakeland native and Florida Gulf Coast product has been dazzling most of season, though is 2-3 with a 3.79 ERA in his past six starts. Dominated Rays in the May 28 game, striking out 15 in 7 1/3 innings.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sale

Jose Lobaton 1-for-2

B.J. Upton 0-for-4

Ben Zobrist 2-for-3

White Sox vs. Moore

Gordon Beckham 1-for-3

Adam Dunn 1-for-2, HR

Paul Konerko 0-for-3

On deck

Sunday: at White Sox, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (19-5, 2.56); White Sox — Jose Quintana (6-5, 3.60)

Monday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (10-9, 4.187); Orioles — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-9, 3.62); Orioles — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-10, 3.20); Orioles — TBA

End of regular season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Dynamic duo

RHP Fernando Rodney set the team record Thursday with his 46th save and is threatening Dennis Eckersley's all-time relief record ERA of 0.61. But manager Joe Maddon said RHP Joel Peralta deserves some credit as Rodney's setup man and constant companion. What Maddon doesn't have is a nickname for them: "Whatever the Dominican version of Batman and Robin is. How do you say Batman and Robin in Spanish?"

Ryder Cup routine

With the Ryder Cup being played in nearby Medinah, lll., OF Sam Fuld, right, took OF Rich Thompson along to see the Friday morning action. Unsure of the proper attire, Fuld took a pair of khakis and donned a collared shirt and a blazer. "I wound up a little overdressed," he said. "But it was awesome. Really cool."

Quote of the day

"You can tell Fernando Rodney that if he shoots that (arrow) three times in the next three days, I'll be his Cupid forever."

Jim Leyland, Detroit manager, whose Tigers are battling the White Sox in the AL Central

 
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