Rays at Tigers
When/where: 7:08 tonight, Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Rays: RH Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20)
tigers: LH Drew Smyly (4-7, 3.57)
On Cobb: Has struggled with mechanics and inconsistency in eight starts since coming off DL, going 2-5, 5.16. Has a 0.68 ERA in two starts in Detroit, is 0-1, 2.41 overall vs. Tigers.
On Smyly: No. 5 starter has been skipped a few times; is 2-5, 4.21 in making seven straight starts. Allowed four runs Sunday pitching with a respiratory infection. Is 1-0, 3.27 in five games vs. Rays.
Rays VS. smyly
Desmond Jennings 1-for-6
Sean Rodriguez 0-for-6
Ben Zobrist 1-for-5
tigers vs. cobb
Alex Avila 4-for-7
Torii Hunter 6-for-13
Ian Kinsler 3-for-10
Saturday: at Tigers, 4:08. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.24); Tigers — RH Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.63)
Sunday: at Tigers, 8:05. Rays — LH David Price (7-7, 3.50); Tigers — RH Rick Porcello (11-4, 3.12)
Monday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.18); Royals — RH James Shields (8-4, 3.93)
Tuesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (4-6, 4.82); Royals — TBA
Wednesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20; Royals — RH Yordano Ventura (5-7, 3.26)
Rays disabled list
• INF Tim Beckham, 60-day, knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)
• OF David DeJesus, left hand fracture, eligible July 3 (targeting post All-Star break)
Call it the Tommy Tutone/'Jenny' lineup
Manager Joe Maddon insisted he didn't orchestrate it, but he composed a lineup Thursday with a musical notation. The numerical designations for the positions of the top seven hitters (with 0 for the DH) was 8675309, which matches a phone-number lyric from a 1982 novelty pop song by Tommy Tutone called Jenny. Maddon, who had come close to doing a lineup like that before, was quite proud when he realized what he had done. "I was actually very, very pleased," he said. "Great song." He blared Jenny from the iPod in his office. "I actually found out there is also a Christmas version and an acoustical version, which I downloaded all three," Maddon said.
There was another interesting note about Thursday's lineup. With Vince Belnome at DH, Cole Figueroa at 2B and Kevin Kiermaier at RF, the Rays started three rookie position players for the first time since Sept. 21, 2011, in a doubleheader at New York. The three rookies that day? Desmond Jennings, Elliot Johnson and Jose Lobaton.
There was another interesting note about Thursday's lineup against the Tigers. With Vince Belnome at DH, Cole Figueroa at 2B and Kevin Kiermaier in RF, the Rays started three rookie position players for the first time since Sept. 21, 2011, in a doubleheader at New York. The rookies that day were Desmond Jennings, Elliot Johnson and Jose Lobaton.