Rays Report

Rays: Away from the club, goodbye Matsui

Rays at Indians

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Progressive Field, Cleveland

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (8-0, 2.21)

Indians: RH Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.57)

On Moore: Shares majors wins lead; .177 opponents average is best in AL. Coming off no-decision against Yankees. Beat Indians in his first start, though 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA overall.

On Kluber: Stetson product, 27, joined rotation in late April, has allowed three or fewer runs in five of six starts but has only one win. Has never faced Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Kluber

None have faced

Indians VS. Moore

Mike Aviles 3-for-9, HR

Mark Reynolds 2-for-10

Carlos Santana 1-for-6

Nick Swisher 1-for-10

On deck

Saturday: at Indians, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (0-0, 0.00); Indians — Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 5.57)

Sunday: at Indians, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.61); Indians — Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.08)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Tigers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.66); Tigers — Anibal Sanchez (5-5, 2.79)

Wednesday: at Tigers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (2-5. 4.87); Tigers — Doug Fister (5-2, 3.65)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

, Pinstriped farewell

Hideki Matsui played his last major-league game as a Ray in July, but he will "retire" as a Yankee and be honored before the teams play July 28 in New York. The Yankees announced Matsui will sign a one-day minor-league contract that day to make it official. Also, the team will give out Matsui bobbleheads.

Numbers of the day

18

Starting pitchers used by the Rays since the beginning of the 2008 season, three fewer than any team (Giants), seven fewer than any AL team (Twins)

20

Pitchers to make big-league debuts for the Rays as starters

7

Starting pitchers used by the Rays this season, one fewer than in 2012 and 2011

Quote of the day

"No escapades. And it's kind of disappointing I didn't hear anything."

Manager Joe Maddon, on the bullpen at Marlins Park being adjacent to the go-go dancers in the Clevelander nightclub/bar.

Rays: Away from the club, goodbye Matsui 05/30/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 12:41am]

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