Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Stunt plane ride no picnic for Evan Longoria; equipment manager prepared for the cold

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 1:05 p.m. today; Comerica Park, Detroit.

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS:

RHP James Shields (0-0, 10.80)

TIGERS:

RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)

Watch for …

Bounce back: Shields said he feels better after slight mechanical adjustments following his rough opening day performance. He is 4-0, 3.74 in seven starts vs. the Tigers, the only team he hasn't lost to.

Encore performance: Verlander, who won the AL Cy Young and MVP awards, started strong, with eight shutout innings vs. the Red Sox. He is 6-10, 3.60 in 10 starts vs. the Rays, allowing a .240 average.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Verlander

Matt Joyce 6-for-11, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 6-for-21, HR

Carlos Peña 5-for-16, HR

Tigers vs. Shields

M. Cabrera 8-for-19, HR

J. Peralta8-for-16, 3 HRs

R. Santiago 5-for-12

On deck

Thursday: at Tigers, 1:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (11-7, 4.06 in 2011); Tigers — Drew Smyly (ML debut)

Friday: at Red Sox, 2:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (1-0, 2.84); Red Sox — Josh Beckett (0-1, 13.50)

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Thrill ride of the day

3B Evan Longoria was indeed as uncomfortable as he looked — "Every ounce of it" — in a video released Tuesday by Red Bull of a stunt-filled plane ride over Tampa Bay during spring training. "You could kind of tell on my face at the end, I was ready to get on the ground," he said. "I was pretty nervous." On the video — available at tampabay.com/blogs/rays — Longoria says he blacked out at one point, as the plane did a series of rolls, spins and tail-over-nose cartwheels, and was relieved he didn't throw up. Also, "I thought we were going down." He said he had team permission to do the flight and video.

Number of the day

42 Degrees at first pitch

MVP of the day

The most popular man in the Rays clubhouse before the game was equipment manager Chris Westmoreland, who had an assortment of four cold-weather hats for the players and coaches to pick from: light- and heavyweight toques (ski caps), a ski mask, and the "Elmer Fudd" — a Rays cap with ear flaps.

Meet the Rays at tampabay.com

, Scan with your mobile device to access interviews.

Comments
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays continue to struggle in close games

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays continue to struggle in close games

The Rays blow a four-run lead in Houston and lose on a walkoff hit to the Astros in the opener of their three-game series. It's the 19th one-run loss for the Rays this season as they continue to struggle in close games. Fortunately, reinforcements ar...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

The Rays made official after Monday's game that CF Kevin Kiermaier would be activated on Tuesday.And to make room on the 40- and 25 man rosters, they designated for assignment OF Rob Refsnyder.Acquired from the Indians for cash considerations just be...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

HOUSTON — The Rays brought up several of their top prospects so they can get as much experience as possible.And Monday that included seeing how the relentless defending champion Astros worked their way back from an early four-run deficit to sco...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

HOUSTON — Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella wa...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Astros

RHP Ryne Stanek continues to look comfortable and confident as the game opener, retiring all five batters he faced. His six starts now cover a complete game, and he has allowed only two runs in the nine innings.OF Carlos Gomez's feelings about not li...
Published: 06/18/18
For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

UPDATE, 6:40: Cash said he had a good talk with Hechavarria, and that he understood the situation. Cash said Hechavarria will get to play some, and when he does it will be at short. … RHP Chris Archer (abdominal strain) is slated to throw a bul...
Published: 06/18/18
Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

CF Kevin Kiermaier is here in Houston and will work out with the Rays today, and said that if all goes well he will be activated on Tuesday.That would be a couple days ahead of his most recent timetable, which had him slated to return to Friday.Kierm...
Published: 06/18/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

The Rays lose three of four games in New York as Rick Stroud says they fail to figure out the Yankees' pitching. With Christian Arroyo injured, they activate Adeiny Hechavarria — one of the stars of Sunday's win — from the disabled list a...
Published: 06/18/18
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays. The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last ...
Published: 06/18/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Yankees game

The Rays remain committed to using an "opener" three times in five game stretches, but that seems to tax the bullpen too much. Wilmer Font showed Sunday that he should be able to handle starting, at least until Chris Archer returns.It was only one wi...
Published: 06/17/18
Updated: 06/18/18