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: Rays have some fun with bruised Elliot Johnson; new Ray Ben Francisco gets ex-All-Star Carl Crawford's number

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (16-5, 2.53)

Jays: LH Ricky Romero (8-12, 5.50)

On Price: Coming off tough outing in Texas, allowing six runs and 10 hits in four innings. Is 10-2, 2.13 in 13 starts vs. Jays, 4-0, 3.41 in five at Rogers Centre.

On Romero: One-time ace has been a mess, going 1-11, 7.16 over past 12 starts, allowing a staggering 125 base-runners in 662/3 innings. Was 6-4, 3.49 in 12 starts vs. Rays.

Rays vs. Romero

Evan Longoria 6-for-23

B.J. Upton 6-for-28, HR

Ben Zobrist 8-for-28, 2 HRs

Jays vs. Price

Rajai Davis 5-for-19

Edwin Encarnacion 6-for-24, 2 HRs

Jeff Mathis 4-for-17, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. Yankees, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (12-8. 3.91); Yankees — CC Sabathia (13-4. 3.40)

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.39); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.90)

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10 Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-8, 3.58); Yankees — Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98)

Thursday: Off

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

*C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

*OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

INF Sean Rodriguez, right hand fracture, 15-day, Sept. 15

* out for season

Xxxxxxx

asdfl;adfljljkh

Number of the day

13 Issued to new OF Ben Francisco, worn last by 4-time All-Star Carl Crawford, previously by Miguel Cairo, Ozzie Guillen

Quote of the day

"How's he doing? Just look at him."

Evan Longoria, as reporters approached Elliot Johnson, his face swollen and bruised from Friday's home plate collision.

Character assignation of the day

"Two-Face"

Sam Fuld's suggestion, from comic book and Batman movie fame, to describe Johnson.

Xxxxxxx

asdfl;adfljljkh

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 76 56 .576—

Baltimore 73 59 .553 3

Tampa Bay 72 61 .541 41/2

Boston 62 72 .463 15

Toronto 60 72 .455 16

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 75 57 .568—

Baltimore 73 59 .553—

Tampa Bay 72 61 .541 11/2

Detroit 71 61 .538 2

Los Angeles 71 62 .534 21/2

* Late game not included. Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays have some fun with bruised Elliot Johnson; new Ray Ben Francisco gets ex-All-Star Carl Crawford's number 09/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:14am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  2. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  3. Rays journal: Cesar Puello, who has one major-league game, claimed off waivers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Looking to add punch to their right-handed lineup, the Rays claimed OF Cesar Puello off waivers Saturday from the Angels.

  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Mariners game

    The Heater

    SS Adeiny Hechavarria doesn't always look like he's going hard, but he showed impressive reactions Saturday in reversing field to catch a ball that clanked off the catwalk then firing to second to double up Guillermo Heredia on an attempt to tag up.

  5. Bucs journal: Simeon Rice gives master class on sacks to defensive ends

    Bucs

    TAMPA — As the Bucs seek their first 10-sack season from a player since Simeon Rice in 2005, who better to help that cause than Rice himself?

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Simeon Rice works with defensive end Noah Spence (57) after practice at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.