What you need to know about Friday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Who is pitching, where to watch and listen, and what’s ahead for Tampa Bay.
Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell eyes his target during the first inning against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.
Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell eyes his target during the first inning against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Sept. 11, 2020

Magic numbers

11 to make playoffs

14 to win AL East

Combination of Rays wins and losses by trailing team in playoff field (Orioles) and second place in division (Blue Jays), going into play Thursday.

Tonight: vs. Red Sox

6:40, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 95.3-FM, 620-AM, 96.1-FM (Spanish)

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Blake Snell (3-0, 3.74)

Red Sox: RH Andrew Triggs (0-2, 9.95)

Rays: Snell is coming off a Saturday loss to Marlins, allowing a season-high five runs and six hits in five innings, throwing 92 pitches. Has allowed eight homers in 33 2/3 innings. Is 6-3, 2.83 in 11 starts vs. Red Sox, 3-1, 2.54 in six at Trop.

Red Sox: Triggs worked three innings Sunday in first start for Sox. Was claimed off waivers from Giants Aug. 19, having missed most of 2019 with a hip injury. Overall in majors is 9-10, 4.73 in 48 games (28 starts) with A’s, Giants, Red Sox.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 6:40. Rays, RH Tyler Glasnow (2-1, 4.35); Red Sox, TBA

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10. Rays, RH Charlie Morton (1-2, 4.94); Red Sox, LH Martin Perez (2-4, 4.40)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Nationals, 6:40. Rays, LH Ryan Yarbrough (0-3, 4.31); Nats, TBA

Wednesday: vs. Nationals, 1:10. Rays, LH Josh Fleming (3-0, 3.52); Nats, TBA

Injured list

• LH Cody Reed, left pinkie irritation, 10-day, eligible Sept. 17

• INF Yandy Diaz, right hamstring strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 11

• C Mike Zunino, left oblique strain, 10-day, eligible Sept. 5

• LH Jalen Beeks, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

• RH Chaz Roe, elbow soreness, 45-day, out for season

• RH Yonny Chirinos, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

• LH Jose Alvarado, shoulder inflammation, 45-day, eligible Sept. 28

• RH Andrew Kittredge, elbow tear, 45-day, out for season

• RH Oliver Drake, biceps tendinitis, 10-day, eligible Aug. 19

• LH Colin Poche, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

Also: LH Brendan McKay is out for season due to shoulder surgery but is on option to minors, not on injured list.

Rays roster

Pitchers (13): RH Nick Anderson, RH Diego Castillo, RH John Curtiss, RH Pete Fairbanks, LH Josh Fleming, RH Tyler Glasnow, LH Aaron Loup, RH Charlie Morton, LH Ryan Sherriff, RH Aaron Slegers, LH Blake Snell, RH Ryan Thompson, LH Ryan Yarbrough

Catchers (2): Michael Perez, Kevan Smith

Infielders (6): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe, Nate Lowe, Joey Wendle

Outfielders (7): Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo

Some things different about 2020

• Season shortened to 60 games, about 37 percent of usual 162.

• Teams playing only against their division and corresponding geographical division in other league, so for Rays, AL and NL East.

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• Doubleheaders games are seven innings rather than nine.

• Rosters were 30 players to start season, but were reduced to 28 and will stay at 28 through the postseason.

• Fans not allowed in Trop, at least at start of season. There are plans, depending on virus situation, to host 5,000-7,000 a game later in season.

• Fake fan noise, created from recordings of actual crowds and adapted for and then from MLB The Show video game, will be played, along with more music and sound effects.

• Most weekday home games start at 6:40 p.m., moved up from 7:10. All games on Fox Sports Sun.

• For extra-inning games, each team will start with runner on second. The runner is the batter who made last out of previous inning or a pinch-runner.

• All pitchers must face minimum of three batters, except for injury or illness.

• DH will be used in both leagues.

• Injured list stays are 10 days for all players (shortened from 15 for pitchers), and long-term list is 45 days, down from 60.

• Games halted due to weather before becoming official will be resumed at later date, not started over.