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  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.65) vs. RH Miguel Gonzalez (4-7, 3.83)

    FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY—Sep 28, 2011…The Rays complete two comebacks on this day—one in the game, and one in the Wild Card race… the Rays come back from a 7-0 deficit in the 8th inning and wind up winning on Evan Longoria’s 12th-inning walk-off home run…the improbable victory clinches a postseason berth…this also caps a 9.0-game comeback in the Wild Card standings that began on Sep 4—the largest deficit overcome by a team in September to make the playoffs…the 7-run comeback is the Rays largest ever at Tropicana Field and is tied for the second-largest in team his- tory…the Rays score 6 runs in the 8th inning and in the 9th—with the Rays down to their last strike of the season—Dan Johnson delivers a pinch-hit home run to tie the game…minutes after the Red Sox lose in Baltimore, Longoria hits the walk-off shot, his second homer of the game, to send the Rays to the playoffs for the third time in four years…Longoria joins Bobby Thomson—with his “Shot Heard ’Round the World” for the New York Giants in 1951—as the only players in major league history to hit a walk-off home run in the last game of the regular season to send their team to the playoffs.

    HELPING HAND—Prior to tonight’s game, Rays OF Mikie Mahtook will take part in a pregame ceremony with White Sox RH Anthony Ranaudo to promote the LSU alumni effort “Pitch In With Former Tigers” to support the Baton Rouge Area Foundation…earlier this month, the Rays donated $2,500 to match Mahtook’s donation to the cause…to donate or for more info, visit braf.org/pitchin.

    RAY MATTER—Last night the Rays extended their losing streak to 5 games, their longest skid since July 5-16 (8)…last night’s 13-6 setback matched their season high for runs allowed (July 5 vs. LAA, 13-5)…the Rays surrendered multiple runs in 5 of their 8th innings (1st-3, 2nd-2, 3rd- 3, 5th-2, 8th-3), their most since April 15, 2015 at TOR in a 12-7 loss…the Rays have gone 31 innings without holding a lead, since holding a 3-2 edge through 6 innings on Sat vs. BOS…Rays have also lost 8 of their last 9, batting 13-for-68 (.191) with RISP in that span…this has dropped them to a season-worst 27 games under .500, their worst mark since finishing the 2007 season at 66-96…at 65-92, they own the 2nd-worst record in the AL ahead of Minnesota (56-101)…after this 4-game series, the Rays continue on to Texas where they finish the season with a 3-game set.

    Q THE FIRST—Last night in the 9th inning, INF Juniel Querecuto hit a 2-run triple for his first major league hit, becoming the first in Rays history to triple for his first major league hit…according to Stats LLC, the last player to do this in the AL was CWS Tyler Saladino on July 11, 2015 at Wrigley Field.

    TATER TRACKER—No team in major league history can match the Rays combination of home runs (214) and losses (92)…their club-record 214 HR are the 5th most in ma- jor league history by a team that lost 90-plus games (see chart)…the Rays are tied for 4th in the majors in HR (see chart), but 24th in runs scored (656).

    Ê The Rays have also allowed 204 HR, one of 22 teams in major league his- tory to both hit and allow 200 HR…the Mariners have also done it this season, and the Rangers are close with 199 HR allowed.

    EXTRA! EXTRA!—The Rays have 519 extra-base hits this season, 2nd most in club history behind 2009 (532)…since the All-Star break, the Rays lead the majors with 236 extra-base hits and have three of the AL’s top seven players in XBH…3B Evan Longoria and INF Brad Miller are tied for 2nd in the AL (along with TEX Adrian Beltre) with 34 XBH since the break, while OF Corey Dickerson is tied for 5th with 33 XBH.

    Ê Dickerson’s 22 doubles since the All-Star break are tied with CWS Melky Cabrera for 2nd in the AL behind CLE Jose Ramirez (24) and are a club record after the break, passing Ben Zobrist (21 in 2012) and Julio Lugo (21 in 2005).

    Ê Brad Miller needs one more double to join Evan Longoria as the first set of Rays teammates with 30 HR and 30 2B each…three other tandems have done it this season: Boston’s Mookie Betts and Da- vid Ortiz, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo for the Cubs, and To- ronto’s Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion.

    ELIAS SAYS—On Sat vs. BOS, 2B Logan Forsythe became the fourth Ray with 20 HR this season, most in club history, joining Evan Longoria (36), Brad Miller (30) and Corey Dickerson (23)…the Elias Sports Bureau notes that last night, four players around baseball hit their 20th homer—STL Matt Carpenter, NYY Didi Gregorius, NYY Gary Sanchez and ARI Jean Segura—setting a new MLB record of 107 players with at least 20 HR this season…the prev. record was 103 in 1999.

    EVAN ALMIGHTY—3B Evan Longoria, who yesterday lost a single via official scoring change from the Sep 20 vs. NYY game, now needs one hit to tie his career high of 169 (2010)…he is currently tied with his 2009 career high of 77 extra-base hits…he is 5 RBI away from his third 100-RBI season (113 in 2009, 104 in 2010)…his 36 HR and 321 total bases are already career highs, and the home runs are a club record for a RH hitter…only one Ray has ever hit more: Carlos Peña (46 in 2007 and 39 in 2009)…all 36 HR have come as a third baseman, 3rd in the majors to COL Nolan Arenado (40) and CWS Todd Frazier (38).

    RAYS vs. WHITE SOX—The Rays trail the season series, 3-2…they’ve been outscored 20-7 in the first 2 games of this series…last night’s 13-6 loss was the most runs the Rays have ever allowed at U.S. Cellular Field, and matched April 11, 2000 at Tropicana Field (also 13-6) for their most ever allowed to the White Sox…Rays won 2 of 3 games when they met at Tropicana Field, April 15-17, holding the Pale Hose to 5 runs total…the Rays went 5-1 in the 2015 season series, their best ever vs. Chicago…they won 2 of 3 games last time they visited here, Aug 3-5, 2015, scoring 21 runs with 8 doubles and 6 HR…the Rays are 63-78 (.447) all-time but only 27-41 (.397) at U.S. Cellular Field…they are 33-32 since becoming the Rays in 2008.

    SOMETHING TO SHOOT FOR—Tonight’s starter, LH Blake Snell, makes his 19th and final start of the season…he needs 6 SO to become the fourth rookie lefty in Rays history to reach 100 SO, joining Matt Moore (175 in 2012), Scott Kazmir (174 in 2005) and David Price (102 in 2009).

    Ê In an article posted on ESPN.com this week using MLB StatCast data, Snell was shown to have the 2nd-best spin rate on his four- seam fastball among major league LHPs (min. 500 thrown) at 2507 RPM…only CHC Aroldis Chapman is higher (2546 RPM).

    ARCH TOMORROW—Tomorrow RH Chris Archer makes his final start of the season…at 8-19 with a 4.02 ERA, it’s worth noting the only pitcher to lose 20 games in Archer’s lifetime was DET Mike Maroth (9-21) in 2003— and the last pitcher to lose 20 with a sub-4.00 ERA was OAK Brian King- man (8-20, 3.83) in 1980.

    Ê Only five other pitchers in AL history have reached his combination of strikeouts (228) and losses (19), and four of them are Hall of Famers: *Gaylord Perry, CLE 1973 19 L 238 SO Mickey Lolich, DET 1970 19 L 230 SO *Walter Johnson, WAS-AL 1916 20 L 228 SO *Ed Walsh, CWS 1910 20 L 258 SO *Rube Waddell, PHI-AL 1904 19 L 349 SO * Hall of Famer

    PLENTY OF PUNCH—Rays hitters lead the AL with 1,441 strikeouts, 3rd in the majors behind the Brewers (1,503) and Padres (1,454)…it’s also the 8th-highest total in major league history, but every team above them has occurred since 2010…on Monday, Major League Baseball broke its single- season strikeout record for a ninth consecutive season.

    OUTLAW ON THE MEND—CF Kev- in Kiermaier has missed the last 2 games due to a bruised left wrist sus- tained on a HBP by BOS Eduardo Rodriguez on Sunday…Kiermaier ranks 2nd among all major league fielders with 24 Defensive Runs Saved (see chart), despite missing 48 games with a broken hand…last year he recorded 42 DRS, the highest mark since 2003, when Baseball Info Solutions began tracking it, and won the Gold and Platinum Glove Awards.

    Ê Kiermaier is batting .314/.390/.495 (33-for-105) over his last 27 G since Aug 27, raising his avg. from .219 to .247 and his OBP from .307 to .332 over that span…since moving to the No. 2 spot in the batting order on Aug 2, is batting .283/.353/.446 (52-for-184) with 7 2B, 7 HR, 18 RBI and 11 SB in 48 games.

    First Pitch: 8:10 p.m. ET | Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Ill. | TV: Fox Sports Sun | Radio: WDAE 620 AM, WGES 680 AM (Sp.) Game No.: 158 (65-92) | Road Game No.: 77 (29-47) | All-Time Game No.: 3,072 (1,417-1,654) | All-Time Road Game No.: 1,532 (637-894)

    April: 11-12 | May: 11-16 | June: 11-17 | July: 9-16 | August: 14-15 | September: 9-16 | Pre-All-Star Break: 34-54 | Post-All-Star Break: 31-38

    Upcoming Games Time (ET) Probable Starting Pitchers (Rays vs. Opp.) TV | Radio Thurs., Sep 29 at CWS 8:10 p.m. RH Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02) vs. LH Jose Quintana (12-11, 3.26) Fox Sports Sun | WDAE 620 AM, WGES 680 AM (Sp.)

    MOST HR, MLB, 2016 Baltimore 245 Toronto 219 St. Louis 218 Tampa Bay 214 Seattle 214 New York-NL 214

    MOST HR BY A 90-LOSS TEAM, MLB HISTORY

    Astros, 2000 72-90 249 Rangers, 2003 71-91 239 Rangers, 2002 72-90 230 Rockies, 1999 72-90 223 Rays, 2016 65-92 214

    MOST DEFENSIVE RUNS SAVED, ALL POSITIONS, MLB, 2016

    OF Mookie Betts, BOS (153 G) 32 OF Kevin Kiermaier, TB (100 G) 24 OF Adam Eaton, CWS (152 G) 23 3B Nolan Arenado, COL (155 G) 20

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