Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Ryan Roberts victim of a laundry mishap; Joe Maddon guards against illness

Rays at A's

When/where: 10:07 tonight; Oakland Coliseum

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (14-4, 2.57)

A's: RH A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.25)

On Price: Leads the majors in wins, including six straight, one shy of the team record. Has allowed only 10 runs over his past seven starts. Is 2-1, 3.62 in five starts vs. Oakland, including 1-1, 3.66 in three games at the Coliseum.

On Griffin: A 13th-round pick in 2010, Griffin (6-5, 230) worked his way from Double A to Triple A to the majors by late June. Has worked six innings in each of his six starts, allowing two or fewer runs five times. Has struck out 29 and walked only eight in 36 IP.

Rays vs. Griffin

None have faced.

A's vs. Price

Jonny Gomes 3-for-6

Brandon Inge 2-for-11

Kurt Suzuki 1-for-8

On deck

Tuesday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-7, 4.52); A's — Tommy Milone (9-7, 3.51)

Wednesday: at A's, 3:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-8, 4.93); A's — Jarrod Parker (7-4, 3.38)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. O's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (7-7, 4.01); O's — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Laundry mishap of the day

The new size-XL sweater Rays INF Ryan Roberts wore to the stadium Sunday was a little big, so he asked the clubhouse staff to wash and dry it so it would "shrink up a little bit." But they went a little too far, because when Roberts got it back, the sweater was reduced to essentially a kid's size. "Look at this thing," Roberts said. "I can't even get it on. I mean, are you kidding me?"

Quote of the day

"I made sure when he came in I fist-bumped his glove and not his bare hand."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on congratulating starter Jeremy Hellickson, who was ill.

 
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