MLB

more stats

Interleague Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, May 11th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (16-19) at Tampa Bay Rays (17-18), 6:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Burch Smith (0-0, 0.00) Tampa Bay - Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.79)

(Sports Network) - Texas-born right-hander Burch Smith makes his major-league debut on Saturday evening when the San Diego Padres visit Tropicana Field for game two of a three-game interleague series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Smith, a 14th-round pick of the Padres in the 2011 draft, gets a shot in the absence of starter Clayton Richard, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an intestinal virus.

He actually takes the slot of Andrew Cashner, who would have started this game but was pushed back to Tuesday when the Padres had a scheduled off day on Thursday.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Smith opened the season at Double-A San Antonio and was 1-2 with a 1.15 earned run average in six starts - walking six batters and striking out 37.

"He's got a big arm and a good, sound delivery," manager Bud Black said. "He's thrown very well this season in Double-A. Our front office thinks very highly of this guy."

Starting for the Rays is righty Jeremy Hellickson, who tries to end a three- start winless drought.

The 2011 American League Rookie of the Year was 1-1 after defeating Oakland, 1-0, on April 20, but has since gone 0-1 in three starts while allowing 20 hits and 12 runs in 16 innings.

He also opened the season with a loss and two no-decisions in three starts, and the Rays are 2-5 in the seven games he's pitched.

Hellickson has never faced the Padres.

On Friday, Ryan Roberts' go-ahead two-run single was part of a four-run seventh inning that lifted Tampa Bay to a 6-3 win.

Matt Joyce tallied two hits and scored twice for Tampa Bay, which plated six unanswered runs.

Rays starter Alex Cobb struck out 13 batters, but lasted just 4 2/3 innings after surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks. Jake McGee (1-2) tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up the win.

Will Venable and Carlos Quentin smacked solo homers for the Padres, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

The teams have split 12 games across four interleague series since 2002. San Diego won two of three the last time they met, at Tampa Bay, in 2010.

05/11 10:34:29 ET

TV
  • SEC: Arkansas at Missouri

    Tomorrow at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSFB: Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
2nd
UNC 38
UCLA 55
 
2nd
TEXAM 7
LSU 0
 
2nd
TEX 0
TCU 13
 
Final
TENN 64
SCU 57
Final
RMU 71
LAMON 54
Final
BUT 46
OKLA 59
Final
BRO 58
PEAY 79
Final
UTEP 62
PRIN 56
Final
CHAT 78
CCAR 67
Final
RIU 60
KU 76
Final
USCU 68
FIU 53
Final
GEOR 65
WISC 68
Final
USB 73
LIU 54
 
Final
XAV 82
SDU 71
Final
INDST 62
ILL 88
 
Final
WRST 62
CSFU 67
 
Final
STJOE 59
WKENT 62
 
Final
RIDE 45
MSU 77
 
2nd
UNC 38
UCLA 55
 
8:30pm Tonight
WMICH
LBSU
8:30pm Tonight
GT
MARQ
9:00pm Tonight
PVU
STEPH
9:30pm Tonight
MERC
RICE
9:30pm Tonight
UF
UAB
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
SJST
11:59pm Tonight
MEM
BAY
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
WASU
1st
NAS 0
EDM 0
 
Final
DET 34
CHI 17
Final
DAL 10
PHI 33
1st
SFX 0
SEA 0