Sunday, February 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Team is worth price of admission, survey says; David Price soreness not major issue, Andrew Friedman says

Rays vs. Rangers

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-2, 3.86)

Rangers: RH Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.29)

On Archer: The rookie was recalled Friday to start for LHP David Price (shoulder soreness) and makes his Trop debut. Was impressive in first two big-league starts in June. Went 3-1 with 1.92 ERA in final 11 starts for Triple-A Durham.

On Darvish: Has won three of his past four starts, including throwing seven shutout innings to beat the Rays on Aug. 28 in Texas. Is 5-7 with 4.46 ERA in 13 road starts this season.

Key matchups

Rays vs. DARVISH

Sam Fuld 2-for-2

Ben Zobrist 1-for-2

Evan Longoria 0-for-3

Rangers vs. ARCHER

Has never faced

On deck

Sunday: vs. Rangers, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (13-8, 3.88); Rangers — Roy Oswalt (4-2, 5.85)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Orioles — TBA

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

INF Sean Rodriguez, right hand fracture, 15-day, Sept. 15

* out for season

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 78 60 .565—

Baltimore77 61 .558 1

Tampa Bay 76 62 .551 2

Boston 63 76 .45315½

Toronto 62 75 .453 15½

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 77 60 .562—

Baltimore 77 61 .558—

Tampa Bay 76 62 .551 1

Los Angeles 75 63 .543 2

Detroit 73 64 .533 31/2

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Bang for the buck

The Rays were ranked the most affordable of the 122 Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL teams in ESPN the Magazine's 10th annual Ultimate Standings (more, 1C). They also were No. 1 in 2009. Overall, the Rays were ranked 16th. The Rays were ranked fifth of all pro teams in coaching/strength of on-field leadership, eighth in Bang for the Buck (wins/revenue).

 
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