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Rays: Kids theme includes Longoria mistake

Rays vs. Astros

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-4, 3.40)

Astros: RH Collin McHugh (4-4, 3.03)

On Archer: Is coming off his shortest start of the season, three innings in a loss at Houston. Has allowed four earned runs in his past six starts. Is 1-1, 1.50 in three starts against the Astros.

On McHugh: Has allowed six earned runs over his past four starts. Has given up one home run this month. Lost to Rays on Friday after giving up three earned runs.

Key matchups

Rays vs. mchugh

Desmond Jennings 1-for-3

Evan Longoria 0-for-3

Ben Zobrist 2-for-3

ASTROS VS. ARCHER

Matt Dominguez 2-for-2

Chris Carter 0-for-5

Jose Altuve 1-for-7

On deck

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (5-6, 3.93); Astros — RH Jarred Cosart (6-5, 4.16)

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.73); Astros — RH Brad Peacock (2-4, 4.50)

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:40. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.33); Astros — LH Dallas Keuchel (8-4, 2.63)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken left thumb, eligible to return June 10 (targeting mid/late June)

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible to return April 14 (targeting June 27)

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow surgery, eligible to return April 22 (out for the season)

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist stress fracture, eligible to return Sunday (targeting early August)

Buses for baseball

INF Sean Rodriguez and RHPs Joel Peralta and Juan Carlos Oviedo were among the six Rays who spoke to about 50 children before the game. The kids from the Redlands Migrant Christian Association were brought to the park as part of The Players Trust Buses for Baseball Program.

Quote of the day

"It's like when you ask your kids a question and they tell you the truth and you get upset with them. Why would you ever get upset with your kid when he tells you the truth?''

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on Evan Longoria admitting he lost track of outs in a key moment

Number of the day

319 Estimated feet traveled by Chris Davis' grand slam off the foul pole Tuesday night. That's the shortest home run at Tropicana Field since ESPN's Hit Tracker began in 2006 and the second-shortest in the majors this year.

Rays: Kids theme includes Longoria mistake 06/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:01pm]
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