Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rays: Rocker Joan Jett plays, pitches and announces


Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Yunel Escobar basketball set

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (8-7, 3.48)

Jays: RH R.A. Dickey (7-8, 3.86)

On Price: Moved from Saturday's start to today because of illness. Has a 2.17 ERA in his last eight starts after starting the season with a 4.42 ERA. Is 14-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 career starts against Toronto.

On Dickey: Knuckleballer snapped a run of four losses with seven shutout innings vs. Angels. Has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last eight starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Dickey

Evan Longoria5-for-22, HR

Ben Zobrist5-for-24, HR

James Loney5-for-26

Jays vs. Price

Jose Bautista14-for-41, 5 HR

Jose Reyes1-for-5

Melky Cabrera5-for-16

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

'80s night

With rock star Joan Jett playing a postgame concert — and throwing out the first pitch, and serving as a guest public address announcer — the Rays celebrated '80s night. Among the nostalgic tributes: Alf (or an Alf costume) conducting the cap shuffle on the Jumbotron.

Quote of the day

"I would think the whole industry would like to see more players play the way Kiermaier's playing."

Manager Joe Maddon on OF Kevin Kiermaier, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and stretched what could have been a base hit into a leadoff double

Numbers of the day

1 Major-league RBI for Cole Figueroa before Saturday's bases-loaded walk

6 Runs scored by the Rays in the sixth inning

54 Runs the Rays have scored this season in the sixth inning, their most productive frame

55 Pitches seen by the Rays in the sixth inning

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