Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sports

Tampa Bay Rays: History bodes well for David Price's Cy Young bid; Jeff Keppinger among baseball's best since break

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH James Shields (15-9, 3.62)

ORIOLES: RH Miguel Gonzalez (8-4, 3.45)

On Shields: Has won six consecutive starts at home, with a 1.59 ERA, including 20 consecutive scoreless innings. He is 9-6 with a 3.70 ERA in 23 career starts against the Orioles.

On Gonzalez: He has won back-to-back starts, having allowed two earned runs or fewer in the past three. He is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. GONZALEZ

Jeff Keppinger 1-for-7

B.J. Upton 3-for-8, HR

Carlos Peña 2-for-6

ORIOLES VS. SHIELDS

Adam Jones 13-for-36, HR

Jim Thome 9-for-27, HR

Matt Wieters 5-for-21, 2 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-11, 3.20); Orioles — TBA

End of regular season

Rays disabled list

* C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day

* out for season

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Did you know?

In the past 20 years, only five times has a pitcher won 20 games and led the majors in ERA, and four of those won his league's Cy Young. That's a good omen for Rays LHP David Price, who has 20 wins and entered Monday atop the majors in ERA (2.56).

Quote of the day

"That's the hometown team. They're not my favorite team anymore, I can assure you that."

Rays C Chris Gimenez, a Gilfroy, Calif., native, on the Oakland Athletics, who could eliminate Tampa Bay from the postseason with a win late Monday night

Number of the day

.337

INF Jeff Keppinger's batting average since the All-Star break, entering Monday ranking third in the majors (minimum 200 at-bats) behind Giants C Buster Posey (.389) and Angels OF Torii Hunter (.350).

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