Make us your home page

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 need to get creative to assist injured 6-9 Jeff Niemann; recent callups have travel adventures

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.95)

RED SOX: RH Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31)

On Hellickson: Despite inconsistencies, has won his past five decisions. Was better in last start Friday at Baltimore than previous outing (32/3 IP vs. Oakland). Is 2-1, 4.99 in six games vs. Red Sox.

On Buchholz: Has had a brutal season, allowing five or more earned runs in his first six starts and only three his last one (but didn't strike anyone out). Has been good vs. Rays, going 5-2, 2.38 in nine starts.

Key matchups


Carlos Peña 3-for-19, HR

Luke Scott5-for-22, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 5-for-11, HR


A. Gonzalez 2-for-11, HR

David Ortiz 6-for-13, HR

Dustin Pedroia 3-for-13, HR

On deck

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31), Red Sox — Felix Doubront (3-1, 4.46)

Friday: vs. Braves, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-1, 3.52); Braves — Tommy Hanson (4-3, 3.43)

Saturday: vs. Braves, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer or Alex Cobb; Braves — Randall Delgado (2-3, 3.79)

Sunday: vs. Braves, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-2, 3.10); Braves — Tim Hudson (2-1, 3.96)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Medical tales of the day

Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield gets credit for, among other things, creativity, calling the NBA's Toronto Raptors to find special tall-sized crutches for 6-foot-9 Jeff Niemann to use. Until he did, Niemann was in a wheelchair at the team hotel, assisted by teammate/friend Will Rhymes. Rhymes, though, wasn't much of a wheelman, at one point rolling Niemann's bad foot into an elevator door. "Once he gets rolling he's hard to stop," Rhymes said.

Travel tales of the day

Stephen Vogt's flight from Rochester, N.Y., to Toronto on Monday was delayed three times and didn't land until nearly 7. He still had his sense of humor at customs: "I said I'm here to play baseball, and he said, 'Oh, for fun?' And I said yes, absolutely, for fun. And then I told him."

• RHP Josh Lueke was getting on the team bus at 4 a.m. Tuesday when Durham manager Charlie Montoyo told him to go back to bed because he had a later flight to Toronto. Lueke went right back to his same room. "That made it easy," he said. "They hadn't cleaned it yet."

38 Japanese media members in Durham for Hideki Matsui's first Triple-A game.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays need to get creative to assist injured 6-9 Jeff Niemann; recent callups have travel adventures 05/15/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC


    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  2. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  3. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot


    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.
  4. Rays morning after: Are cold bats a sign of things to come?


    How does an offense that has ranked among the most productive in the league for seven weeks go so cold?

    Steven Souza Jr. extended his weeks-long skid to 8-for-67.
  5. Calvary Christian takes strong lineup, defense to state baseball tournament


    CLEARWATER — No matter what happens in Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Delray Beach American Heritage, Calvary Christian has already had a historic season. The unbeaten Warriors have won 28 games and qualified for the school's first state baseball tournament.

    The addition of Nolan Hudi to the rotation made a difference, said Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen. “It was huge.”