For starters, Rays at Orioles
UPDATE, 6:05: Maddon was non-commital about using phenom Matt Moore tonight, which would seem to be an ideal opportunity to get him initiated before the big series in Boston, saying it has to be the right opportunity. Plus, Maddon said he thinks Moore wouldn't be initimidated by debuting in Fenway. ... RHP Kyle Farnsworth's tender elbow is feeling better, but he is still on a program of rest and treatment with nothing scheduled as far as throwing. Once he plays catch it will likely be a few more days before he can get back on the mound. ... SS Reid Brignac - not in the lineup against a RHP Tuesday - went into Maddon's office to ask what he needed to do to play more and said he was told just to keep working hard. ... Maddon said the key to B.J. Upton's recent hot streak is a more organized strike zone, which has him swinging at more good pitches.
UPDATE, 3:56: Rays lineup with Joyce and Jaso back in vs. RHP Simon:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to make it six straight wins and keep the pressure on the wild-card leading Red Sox tonight when they face the Orioles again at Camden Yards.
LHP David Price will be on the mound for the Rays, against Orioles RHP Alfredo Simon.
The Rays - who with Monday's win clinched their fourth straight winnign season - start the day three games behind the Red Sox, who play tonight at home against Toronto. There is a sense of panic in Boston as the Rays have made up six games on the Red Sox in 10 days.
Price will be making his career-high matching 31st start of the season, coming off a no-decision against the Rangers.
The Rays' unexpected run to the playoffs showed up in tangible form today when the Rays media relations department sent out information about credentials to cover a potential division series. The other contending teams have had applications available since last week.