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Joe Maddon still believes Rays going to make World Series; Matt Moore loses 'bets', has to wear suit

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 12:35 today; Camden Yards, Baltimore

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (8-6, 4.39)

ORIOLES: RH Chris Tillman (2-1, 1.15)

On Shields: He's coming off his best start in a month, allowing three runs while striking out 10 in 7⅔ innings in a no-decision against Seattle. He is 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 22 career starts against Baltimore.

On Tillman: He has won two of his past three starts, including against Cleveland last week. He is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays VS. TILLMAN

Ben Zobrist 3-for-13, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 2-for-9, HR

Matt Joyce 2-for-6

ORIOLES vs. SHIELDS

Adam Jones 12-for-34, HR

Jim Thome 8-for-24, HR

Matt Wieters 5-for-19, 2 HRs

On deck

Friday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-7, 5.05); Angels — Dan Haren (7-8, 4.76)

Saturday: at Angels, 9:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (6-7, 4.23); Angels — C.J. Wilson (9-6, 2.89)

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 60-day, June 30

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

* out for season

Quote of the day

"Even if we don't do anything, I believe the group out here right now can get to the playoffs again. I'm still going to stand by my stance from the beginning, we're going to get to the World Series this year. I'm not backing down from that."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on if the Rays need to make any more moves

Suiting up

Rookie LHP Matt Moore, right, has been the best-dressed Ray on this road trip, wearing a suit to and from the park. He has to do it for the first six days — 100-degree heat or not — as terms of a bet he lost to RHP Alex Cobb. Cobb said it was initially three days over a FIFA Soccer video game match, but Moore went double or nothing and lost. Cobb quipped: "He's been kind of slacking on the tie."

Joe Maddon still believes Rays going to make World Series; Matt Moore loses 'bets', has to wear suit 07/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:32pm]
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