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  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015 vs. BOSTON RED SOX RH Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.58) vs. RH Joe Kelly (1-0, 2.13)

    ARCHER Ks TO BENEFIT YOUTH BASEBALL—With 9 SO last night, RH Chris Archer took over the major league lead with 30 SO…today, it was announced that for every strikeout he records this season, Archer, the Rays and Channel 10 News will each donate $25 ($75 total) to be split among Burg Baseball Inc. and RBI Baseball of Tampa…Burg Baseball Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides free baseball programs for underserved youth players in South St. Pete…Archer visited the league last season to meet and play catch with the participants…his 30 SO so far brings the sea- son total to $2,250.

    D.L. REACHES 11—Today the Rays placed INF Ryan Brett on the 15-day DL after sustaining a left shoulder subluxation in last night’s game, on a pickoff by LH Wade Miley…they selected INF Jake Elmore from Triple-A Durham; he will wear No. 10…to make room on the 40-man roster, LH Jeff Beliveau was transferred to the 60-day DL; he will undergo surgery tomor- row in Pensacola, Fla., to repair a torn left labrum…Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure…with the addition of Brett, the Rays DL grows to 11 players, most in the majors and setting a new club record for most at one time…they had 10 players on the DL for parts of May 2012 and several oc- casions in 1998-99…for a complete listing see Page 6.

    RAY MATTER—The Rays have lost 4 straight games to begin the 9-game homestand…they are the only AL club to win 4 and lose 4 in a row this sea- son, and one of three in the majors along with Cincinnati and Colorado… the Rays lost 1-0 in last night’s series opener, their second shutout loss of the season, both coming in the last 3 games (9-0 on Sat vs. NYY)…since the start of 2014, the Rays have been shut out 20 times (14 at home, 6 on the road)—one shy of Seattle for most in the majors.

    Ê Last night was the third time in club history they lost 1-0 on an un- earned run (also Aug 21, 2012 vs. KC; July 10, 2011 at NYY)…the winning run scored on 2B Ryan Brett’s throwing error in the 3rd…it was their first 1-0 game of the season, after a club-record 10 in 2014 (6-4), most by any AL team since the 1976 Rangers.

    Ê Last night the Rays were held to 4 hits, the third time this season they were held to 4 or fewer.

    Ê The Rays are 3-5 so far in a stretch of 22 straight games against AL East competition, going through May 6.

    DOME WOES—The Rays have dropped to 1-6 (.143) at home, 2nd worst in the majors ahead of Milwaukee (1-7)…meanwhile, their 5-2 (.714) road re- cord is tied for 4th best in the majors…dating back to last June 2, the Rays are 25-37 (.403) at home—2nd worst in the majors ahead of Texas (22-39, .361)—while their 35-22 (.614) record on the road is 2nd best in the majors to Kansas City (38-20, .655).

    TOUGH LUCK, ARCH—Last night was the fifth 1-0 game started by RH Chris Archer…in those 5 games he is 0-3 with a 0.56 ERA (32.1-IP, 2-ER) as the Rays offense has scored 0 runs while he was on the mound…they won the first 2 of those games (April 8, 2014 at KC and May 23, 2014 vs. BOS) but the Rays didn’t score until the 9th inning, after his exit.

    Ê Last night was his third consecutive start without yielding an earned run, tying the club record (Alex Cobb, April 6–May 22, 2014; Matt Moore, Sep 29, 2012–April 10, 2013)…in his next start, Archer will have a chance to become the first AL pitcher with 4 consecutive starts without an ER in one season since KC Zack Greinke began the 2009 season with 4 straight.

    RAYS vs. RED SOX—Last night was the sixth 1-0 game all-time between these clubs (Rays are 4-2)…the only other game the Rays lost was July 17, 2011 at Tropicana Field, a 16-inning game on ESPN Sunday Night Base- ball…since the start of 2014, 8 of the 20 games between these clubs have been decided by one run…tonight is the second of 19 games between these clubs…the Rays went 10-9 vs. the Sox in the 2014 regular season (7-3 at home, 3-6 at Fenway Park)…since becoming the Rays in 2008, they’ve lost only one season series to Boston (7-12 in 2013) as they’ve compiled a 68-61 record during that span…they went 58-112 (.341) prior to that…there were nine ejections in the 2014 season series.

    TROUBLE WITH RISP—Over the last 8 games, the Rays are batting .130 (7-for-54) with RISP…they are 0-for-16 since their last hit with RISP, 1B Allan Dykstra’s 3-run homer in the 4th inning on Fri vs. NYY…prior to this 8-game slump, the Rays hit .288 (15-for-52) with RISP in their first 6 games.

    ABOUT THE ROSTER—The Rays 25-man roster includes: Ê 8 rookies (Andriese, Beckham, Dominguez, Dykstra, Geltz, Karns,

    Riefenhauser, Souza Jr.) Ê 11 players who are making or have made their Rays debut in 2015 Ê 12 pitchers (who have a combined 82 major league wins) Ê 15 players acquired by trade Ê 14 players with less than 2 years of MLB service time Ê 5 players who were not on the 40-man roster during spring training Ê OF David DeJesus (35) is the oldest member of the active roster by

    more than 3 years—C Bobby Wilson (32) is next…after RH Grant Balfour was designated for assignment this weekend, the oldest member of the pitching staff is RH Brandon Gomes (30).

    RAMPANT ROOKIES—Tonight is the seventh game out of 15 this sea- son in which the Rays have used a rookie starting pitcher…the Rays have used 10 different rookies this year, a club record before Sep 1—they used nine rookies before Sep 1 in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2014…four players have made their major league debut this season (RH Matt Andriese, INF Ryan Brett, 1B Allan Dykstra, OF Mikie Mahtook)—matching the club’s total for all of 2014 (the club record is six, in 2008 and 2001)…the Rays currently have eight rookies on the active roster, and had a club-record nine before INF Ryan Brett was placed on the DL today…prior to this year, the Rays had never used more than four rookies in the month of April (1998 and 2008).

    Ê RH Nathan Karns leads AL rookies with 17.2 IP and 17 SO.

    ROOKIE MUSCLE—Rays rookies have hit 7 of the club’s 13 HR (Steven Souza Jr.-3, Tim Beckham-2, Allan Dykstra-1, Mikie Mahtook-1) and 7 of the 14 HR hit by AL rookies this far…the club record for most rookie home runs in April is 8 in 1998 (Rich Butler-3, Bobby Smith-3, Miguel Cairo-1 and Bubba Trammell-1)…prior to this month, the Rays hadn’t had a home run by a rookie in April since Reid Brignac on April 27, 2010 vs. OAK.

    MORE ON SOUZA—On Sun vs. NYY, OF Steven Souza Jr. hit his team- leading third home run of the season…among major league rookies, he ranks T-1st in home runs with TOR Devon Travis, 2nd with 10 RBI and 1st with 4 SB…in major league history, only eight other rookies have matched Souza Jr.’s totals in HR, RBI and SB by the end of April—yet the Rays have 8 games remaining this month…the other eight: OAK Yoenis Ces- pedes (2012), BOS Jacoby Ellsbury (2008), ANA Adam Kennedy (2000), KC Carlos Beltran (1999), BOS Nomar Garciaparra (1997), CAL Devon White (1987), OAK Mitchell Page (1977) and SF Dave Kingman (1972).

    STRONG LEADERSHIP—A glance at the AL leaderboards: Ê RH Chris Archer leads the AL with 25.1 IP and 30 SO…he ranks 6th

    with a 1.07 ERA Ê RH Jake Odorizzi ranks 8th with a 1.74 ERA and 2nd with a .129

    opp avg. …RH Brad Boxberger is T-3rd with 4 saves. Ê OF Desmond Jennings is T-1st with 5 SB, after stealing only 4 bas-

    es in his final 78 games in 2014 (May 25–season’s end). Ê OF Kevin Kiermaier is T-2nd with 5 doubles and T-4th with 8 extra-

    base hits. Ê 3B Evan Longoria has 10 BB, one shy of leader TOR Jose Bau-

    tista…Souza Jr. leads AL rookies with 7 BB.

    THAT’S A FIRST—Several notable “firsts” have taken place in the season’s first two weeks: First career win Manager Kevin Cash April 8 vs. BAL First career HR Tim Beckham April 11 at MIA First career hit Allan Dykstra April 13 at TOR First career win Steve Geltz April 14 at TOR First career HR Mikie Mahtook April 15 at TOR First career HR Allan Dykstra April 17 vs. NYY

    ON THIS DATE— Ê 1990—Kevin Kiermaier was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ê 2000—The Devil Rays hit 5 HR, including a 2-run, pinch-hit walk-off

    homer in the 10th by Bubba Trammell that leads to an 11-9 win vs. LAA…Jose Canseco hits a 472-foot homer off the CF catwalk.

    Ê 2005—The Devil Rays beat the Red Sox, 5-4, on Eduardo Perez’s pinch-hit homer vs. LH Alan Embree…it’s the second PH walk-off homer in club history, coming exactly 5 years after the first (see above).

    First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. | Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. | TV: Sun Sports | Radio: WDAE 620 AM, WGES 680 (Spanish) Game No.: 15 (6-8) | Home Game No.: 8 (1-6) | All-Time Game No.: 2,767 (1,278-1,488) | All-Time Home Game No.: 1,383 (703-679)

    Upcoming Games Opp. Time TV Rays Starting Pitcher Opp. Starting Pitcher Thurs., April 23 BOS 7:10 p.m. Sun Sports RH Jake Odorizzi (2-1, 1.74) RH Clay Buchholz (1-2, 6.06) Fri., April 24 TOR 7:10 p.m. Sun Sports LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.24 in 2014) RH R.A. Dickey (0-1, 3.26) Sat., April 25 TOR 6:10 p.m. Sun Sports TBA LH Daniel Norris (1-1, 6.08) Sun, April 26 TOR 1:10 p.m. Sun Sports RH Chris Archer (2-2, 1.07) LH Mark Buehrle (3-0, 4.00)

    **All games broadcast on WDAE 620 AM; Sat and Sun games will be broadcast in Spanish on WGES 680 AM. All times Eastern Standard Time (EST).**



    Ê LAST START—On Fri vs. NYY, left in line to win his second cons