Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Unusual feats from Sunday's doubleheader sweep

Rays at Royals

When/where: 8:10 tonight; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-1, 1.50)

ROYALS: LH Bruce Chen (6-6, 4.81)

On Archer: The second major-league start should be more comfortable for the 23-year-old, though the first one, after a rough opening frame, went pretty well as he allowed only one walk over the last five innings.

On Chen: Still hanging around at age 35, Chen has been impressive, with his six wins since May 9 matching the most in the AL over that span. He is 4-2, 3.75 in 16 appearances (11 starts) vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. CHEN

Hideki Matsui 5-for-26, HR

Carlos Peña 3-for-9, HR

B.J. Upton 1-for-12

ROYALS VS. ARCHER

None have faced

On deck

Wednesday: at Royals, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (4-5, 4.13); Royals — TBA

Thursday: vs. Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (7-4, 3.99); Tigers — Max Scherzer (6-5, 5.12)

Friday: vs. Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (10-4, 2.95); Tigers — Justin Verlander (8-4, 2.52)

Saturday: vs. Tigers, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.45); Tigers — Rick Porcello (4-5, 4.95)

Sunday: vs. Tigers, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73); Tigers — Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.96)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

A few Sunday leftovers …

Sunday's doubleheader sweep of the Phillies was filled with interesting notes and oddities:

• The Rays were the first team since 2004, and third in the past 25 years, to win twice with no more than 10 hits, according to Elias, joining the '04 Pirates (9 hits vs. Mets) and 1992 White Sox (10 hits vs. Tigers).

• The Rays won two games while losing two points off their team batting average, which dropped from .236 to .234.

• RHP Brandon Gomes became the third AL pitcher in the DH era (since 1973) to draw a bases-loaded walk, joining the Yankees' Mariano Rivera (2009 vs. Mets) and the Angels' Jarrod Washburn (2000 vs. D'backs).

• The Rays were the second team in the majors this season to sweep a doubleheader; the Giants swept the Mets in April.

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