Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

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AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 83 63 .568—

Baltimore83 64 .5651/2*

Tampa Bay 78 70 .527 6

Boston 68 81 .456 16½

Toronto 66 79 .455161/2 * Late game not included.

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 84 63 .571—

Baltimore 83 64 .565—*

Los Angeles 81 67 .547 21/2

Detroit 78 69 .531 5

Tampa Bay 78 70 .527 51/2

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-3, 3.22)

RED SOX: RH Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.14)

On Archer: 23-year-old makes second start since Sept. 7, fourth this season, with 25 Ks over 182/3 innings in the first three. Last worked in Thursday's 14-inning game in Baltimore.

On Matsuzaka: Is 1-2, 7.79 in four starts since return from latest DL stint, allowing 32 baserunners (20 hits, 10 walks, 2 HBP) in 171/3 innings. Is 2-7, 5.83 in 13 starts vs. Rays, last win in Sept. '08.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MATSUZAKA

Evan Longoria 5-for-17, 2 HRs

Carlos Peña 7-for-28, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 6-for-22, 2 HRs

RED SOX VS. ARCHER

None have faced

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Stat of the day

67

Percent of Rays homers that are solo, tops in majors

Comments
For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

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Published: 05/20/18
Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The first part of the Rays' new and unusual pitching plan worked so well Saturday, as game "opener" RHP Sergio Romo struck out the first three Angels hitters, that the Rays will do it again on Sunday.That's right. Romo will st...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18
Rays are seeing what it’s like to have missed the Sho

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Rays badly wanted Shohei Ohtani for themselves.From execs to interns, they invested extensive time and money preparing their bid in November, touting advantages they figured would play to both his intense desire to re...
Published: 05/19/18
For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo on the mound for all to see

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo on the mound for all to see

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Published: 05/19/18
Rays Tales: How California dreamin’ became reality

Rays Tales: How California dreamin’ became reality

ANAHEIM, Calif. —  They're grown men now, making piles of money and getting treated like kings, lavished with top-shelf equipment, designer clothes and first-class accommodations. But it wasn't too long ago that some of the Rays were ...
Published: 05/19/18
Rays put Adeiny Hechavarria on DL, recall RHP Ryne Stanek

Rays put Adeiny Hechavarria on DL, recall RHP Ryne Stanek

The Rays acknowledged what seemed obvious and placed SS Adeiny Hechavarria on the 10-day DL Saturday due to the right hamstring strain he sustained on Thursday.And to take place his place on the roster, they not only didn't call up top prospect INF W...
Published: 05/19/18
Rays make it five in a row as Ramos leads way past Angels

Rays make it five in a row as Ramos leads way past Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A little frustrated by an extended skid that followed his streak of hitting in 18 straight games, and a bit irritated over some of the bad swings he had taken, catcher Wilson Ramos went to the cage before Friday's game seeking...
Published: 05/19/18
Rays journal: Good and bad injury news

Rays journal: Good and bad injury news

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Rays are planning to have 3B Matt Duffy back in the lineup Saturday for the first time since he left Tuesday's game with right hamstring tightness.Which will be good for them since they seem set to be headed toward pl...
Published: 05/18/18
Updated: 05/19/18
Rays’ new pitching plan: Sergio Romo’s first career start

Rays’ new pitching plan: Sergio Romo’s first career start

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Your Rays are at it again.In a plan being hailed as either genius or idiotic, and nary much in between, they are plotting to do yet something else different and unusual with their pitching for Saturday's game against the Angel...
Published: 05/18/18