Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Relievers come through during 4-2 road trip; Joe Maddon impressed by Matt Joyce home run

Relievers are the rock

The Rays bullpen came up big throughout the six-game road trip, allowing just three runs in 181/3 innings. Each member had his moment, from RHP Wade Davis' two-inning dominance Thursday in New York to RHP Burke Badenhop's win Saturday, with LHP Cesar Ramos throwing a combined five scoreless innings. RHP Fernando Rodney earned his 18th save Sunday. "They've all contributed and they're really feeding off each other," manager Joe Maddon said. "There's a lot of confidence going on among them, and I feel confident when we bring them in the game."

Quote of the day

"That was far — that was like Old Yankee Stadium far."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on RF Matt Joyce's fourth-inning home run to rightfield.

Today: off

Up next: vs. Mets, 7:10 Tuesday, Tropicana Field. TV/radio: Sun Sports, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish). Rays — Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.13); Mets — Chris Young (0-0, 3.60)

On deck

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

Thursday: vs. Mets, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.65); Mets — Johan Santana (3-3, 2.96)

Did you know?

The Rays have won all five "getaway" games, the last days of respective trips before coming home. "They like that plane ride home," manager Joe Maddon said. "They like to be happy."

Pitcher on pitcher

RHP James Shields thought he had a sure single on his line drive up the middle in the fourth. But Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez quickly snagged it for the final out. "He threw me a little slider, I got it pretty good," Shields said. "I think I hit it right into his glove. Anywhere else, I think it's a base hit."

Number of the day

648 Dogs that attended Sunday's game through the Marlins "Bark in the Park" promotion.

Bats for bucks

The Rays wives raised $3,000 for Autism Speaks during their charity softball game with the Marlins spouses before Saturday's game. The Rays wives won 14-2, ripping 22 hits, with the Rays Baseball Foundation donating funds based on the number of hits and for the win.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day 2

"I don't know if they understood the urgency. 'We'll get them for you.' Not for the Red Sox series, right now. But we got it done."

Manager Joe Maddon on his conversation with stadium security in trying to get walkie-talkies in the seventh when the dugout phone wouldn't work.

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