Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez makes dazzling defensive play; batboy saves bullpen catcher from potential injury

Web gem

In one of the best defensive plays by the Rays this year, SS Sean Rodriguez dived into the hole for sharp grounder by Brandon Inge in the ninth Sunday, then beamed a one-hop throw to first. "That was a fabulous play," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's one of those bang-bang things." Rodriguez said he just had to react. "You just throw the glove at it, see if it gets in there and get up and get rid of it. That's all you can do. Just made sure to keep it low, knew I had the turf in my favor."

Today: off

On deck

Tuesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (5-0, 3.70); Yankees — Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.58)

Wednesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports/ESPN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-3, 4.05); Yankees — David Phelps (0-1, 3.74)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (5-1, 2.35); Yankees — CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15)

Number of the day

744 Pitches combined by the Rays and A's in the past two games (403 Saturday, 341 Sunday).

Going wild

The Rays had three wild pitches in a game for the 10th time in the past 10 years, with the last time April 28, 2009, at Minnesota. The club record is four. The Rays lead the majors with 17 wild pitches this season.

Jonny be good

Ex-Ray Jonny Gomes continues to feast on his former team, hitting 8-for-19 with four RBIs in six career games against Tampa Bay.

Quote of the day

"We just need to get that 'MoRmentum' going and start that back up on the road."

RF Matt Joyce, citing manager Joe Maddon's catchphrase for the season, on the Rays' need to get momentum back after a two-game losing streak to end their homestand

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Helping hand

Rays batboy R.J. Boggs, right, found himself on MLB Network highlight reels after his great catch in foul territory Saturday night. He darted in front of bullpen catcher Scott Cursi to snag a liner after A's SS Cliff Pennington ripped a foul ball in the fourth toward Cursi, who had his back turned while warming up LHP J.P. Howell. "I heard it sizzling," Cursi said. "R.J. did a great job."

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