Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays wives defeat Marlins wives in charity softball game; another catcher's interference call has Joe Maddon speculating on award

Rays at Marlins

When/where: 1:10 today; Marlins Park, Miami

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (6-4, 4.27)

MARLINS: RH Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19)

On Shields: He's winless in his past four starts and gave up a season-high seven runs in last week's loss to the Yankees. He's 5-2, 4.09 in 10 career appearances (nine starts) against the Marlins.

On Sanchez: He has lost four of his past five starts, allowing seven runs in 6⅔ innings last week to the Braves. He is 1-0, 4.50 in two career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

MARLINS VS. SHIELDS

John Buck 4-for-14, 2 HRs

Hanley Ramirez 8-for-28, HR

Giancarlo Stanton 1-for-5

Rays VS. SANCHEZ

Luke Scott 0-for-5

Matt Joyce 2-for-3

Ben Zobrist 0-for-5

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Mets, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.13); Mets — Chris Young (0-0, 3.60)

Wednesday: vs. Mets, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-3, 2.40); Mets — R.A. Dickey (9-1, 2.44)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Blowout of the day

The Rays wives played their annual charity softball game with the Marlins wives Saturday afternoon, with Tampa Bay whipping Miami 14-2 and racking up 22 hits. LHP J.P. Howell's wife, Heather, was the manager. "She was going to break out the bifocals and do some shifts," Howell joked, "but it didn't come through in the last minute."

Not-so-gold glove

The Rays tied a major-league record Friday with their fifth catcher's interference call; they had 10 in their first 14 years. Manager Joe Maddon knows his team is bound to break the record. Maddon joked when asked what they'd do with the glove that made history. "It's going to be bronzed — it won't be gold, it'll be bronzed," Maddon said. "Maybe zinc, a less vital metal or something."

Did you know?

RHP Jeremy Hellickson's seven walks Friday were the most by a Rays pitcher in more than six years. Seth McClung walked seven Yankees on April 26, 2006, also a Rays win.

   
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