Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Sam Fuld, Sam Fuld, more Sam Fuld

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field

Radio: 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (8-7, 3.84)

Jays: RH Henderson Alvarez (7-8, 4.47)

On Moore: Comes in with a 172/3-inning scoreless streak and coming off two solid outings. Is 7-2, 3.06 in past 11 starts; was 1-5, 4.76 in first 10. Nearly let a 6-0 fifth-inning lead get away in lone start vs. Jays, May 22.

On Alvarez: 22-year-old puts a lot of runners of base — 184 in 131 innings — but often finds a way out of trouble. Lost twice to the Rays this season, allowing 16 hits in 13 innings. Overall 0-3, 5.68 vs. them.

Key matchups

Rays VS. ALVAREZ

Desmond Jennings 3-for-7, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 4-for-6, 3 HRs

Ben Zobrist 4-for-9

Jays VS. MOORE

Edwin Encarnacion 0-for-2

Yunel Escobar 1-for-2

Kelly Johnson 0-for-2

On deck

Friday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-7, 3.43); Twins — Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.81)

Saturday: at Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (14-4, 2.49); Twins — Nick Blackburn (4-7, 7.42)

Sunday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (10-7, 4.08); Twins — Scott Diamond (10-5, 2.91)

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

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

DH Luke Scott, oblique strain, 15-day, Aug. 5

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Sam Fuld tweet of the day

"Really want to thank everyone for the nice ovation I got tonight for pinch-running … totally unexpected … great surprise."

On the crowd reaction Tuesday when he replaced that Evan Longoria guy at first base.

Sam Fuld sign of the day

Of the more than 300 autographs Fuld signed during a Wednesday appearance at the Sears Optical at Tyrone Square Mall, a few were unique items — a sunglass case, a couple casts and an insulin pump. "Nothing too crazy," said Fuld, a diabetic himself.

Sam Fuld contest of the day

Today is another edition of Fuld's Twitter contest (@SamFuld5) called guess the bs — his blood sugar — at noon. The winner gets a signed ball.

 
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