Gameday Preview: How to watch Friday night’s Rays-Mariners game on AppleTV-Plus only


SEATTLE, Wash. — The Tampa Bay Rays have won the first four games of their West Coast swing after beating Seattle 4-3 Thursday night. They’ll try again on Friday, but it won’t be easy.

Logan Gilbert, a tough 24-year-old right-hander from Apopka, Fla., is on the mound for Seattle, and he’s been virtually unbeatable this season. He’s 4-0 so far with a .64 ERA. He is only allowed to do two runs in the whole year

The Rays use an “opener” on Friday, with Matt Wisler receiving the call and Josh Fleming expecting to get bulk innings.

The game is only available to watch on AppleTV-Plus tonight. It’s free to watch, but you need an Apple ID.

What you need to know from Apple:

  • The game can only be viewed for free on Apple TV+.
  • On Apple Music, fans can find exclusive playlists of walk-up songs by batters from teams who attended this week’s Friday Night Baseball games – the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners – like as well as a collection of classic songs celebrating baseball.
  • Scheduled games are available for free to anyone with internet access, only on Apple TV+. Users can find step-by-step instructions on how to access Friday Night Baseball across devices.
  • Fans can access Friday Night Baseball games and additional content only on the Apple TV app, including new exclusive programs like Countdown to First Pitch for a preview of this week’s games and MLB Daily Recap.
  • Friday Night Baseball games will be available to anyone with internet access on any device where Apple TV+ can be found, including the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and HD, and on com. along with smart TVs, gaming consoles, and cable set-top boxes. Friday Night Baseball will be available on Apple TV+ in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom for a limited time, with no subscription required.

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Here’s how to watch Friday’s game, with gametime and TV info, starting lineups, bios and of course our great daily dose of news.

Editor’s note: I’m posting this early so you can plan accordingly with AppleTV-Plus. I will add the lineups and audition notes a few hours before the game.

How to see Rays at Mariners

  • WHO: Tampa Bay Rays (13-10) at Seattle Mariners (10-13)
  • When: 9:40 p.m. ET, Friday, May 6th
  • From where: T Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington.
  • TV: AppleTV Plus only. watch online, CLICK HERE
  • Electricity: AppleTV Plus only
  • Announcer: Stephen Nelson (play-by-play), Cliff Floyd and Katie Nolan (color commentary), and Jen Mueller (in-game reporter).
  • Radio: WDAE 95.3 FM; SiriusXM Channel 187 (Mariners Broadcast; Rays online only)
  • Announcer: Andy Freed and Dave Wills.
  • Latest line: Seattle is favored at minus 133 on the money line, according to website’s opening line Tuesday afternoon. The rays are plus-110. The over/under is 6.5, the season’s lowest number for the fourth straight night.

History of the Rays Mariners

  • Rays vs. Mariners All-Time Series History: Seattle has a 108-82 lead in the streak that dates back to 1998. The Rays are only 41-56 in Seattle. Last year Tampa Bay went 1-6 against Seattle and lost all four games in the Pacific Northwest. The Rays won two of three games in St. Petursburg last week.

Rays-Mariners latest game

  • Rays 4, Sailors 3: Mike Zunino hit a huge three-run homer against reigning Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray, and Shane McClanahan won the pitcher duel for Tampa Bay in a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners Thursday night in Seattle. For the full game story, CLICK HERE

Projected starting pitchers

  • Ray’s right-hander Matt Wisler: Friday is an “opener” night for Tampa Bay, with Matt Wisler getting the first call. He’s 1-0 this season with a 1.50 ERA. He has pitched 11 innings so far and given up only two earned runs, one on opening day April 8 to Baltimore and one on April 23 against Boston in the 10th inning of a game in which six Rays pitchers had a no-hitter nine. Wisler gave up that one run but still got the win when Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run walk-off homer late in the innings
  • Mariner’s right-hander Logan Gilbert: Logan Gilbert was MLB’s Pitcher of the Month for April. He made four starts that month, racking up three wins and allowing just one earned run for a refined .40 ERA. He started in Miami last Sunday and picked up his fourth win, allowing just a deserved run in 5 2/3 innings at a 7-3. to win. He beat Tampa Bay five days earlier, throwing 5 2/3 innings scoreless and conceding just two hits. The 24-year-old right-hander hails from Apopka, Florida.

Planned Lineups

  • Rays Lineup: Yandy Diaz 1B, Wander Franco SS, Randy Arozarena LF, Brandon Lowe 2B, Harold Ramirez DH, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Taylor Walls 3B, Francisco Mejia C, Brett Phillips RF, Matt Wisler P.
  • Mariner Lineup: Adam Frazier 2B, Ty France 1B, JP Crawford SS, Eugenio Suarez 3B, Jesse Winker LF, Abraham Toro DH, Julio Rodriguez CF, Dylan Moore RF, Murphy C, Logan Gilbert P

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