"It helps a little bit, the fact that you're getting a little bit of advanced information," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I guess he's a lifer. He's played for different teams. I really appreciate that guy that has struggled to get in and finally gets his moment. I think it's great for him."
Carroll, a third-round Draft pick by the Reds in 2007, has been with the White Sox organization since 2012. The righty was 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.
"From our perspective, we got a little info," Maddon said. "I guess he's a sinker guy, gets the ball on the ground a lot, a little bit of a slider pticher. We'll see."
Maddon's approach to Sunday's game was a simple one: Don't make mistakes, and make Carroll work.
"You really have to make them earn their outs," Maddon said. "You don't want to make any mistakes on the bases. When you're facing a first-timer -- or just a young pitcher in general -- to make outs on the bases really bothers me. So I want us to be aware of that and make him earn all his outs."