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Rays: Balfour's hat; July 4 launching

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 4:08 today; Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.24)

Tigers: RH Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.63)

On Archer: Has 1.65 ERA over his past nine starts with no homers allowed, though is 2-3. Got a no-decision in his lone start against the Tigers, allowing three runs over five innings on June 29, 2013.

On Sanchez: Is 5-0, 2.44 in nine starts since returning from a cut finger in mid May, with 42 strikeouts and 10 walks. Hasn't allowed more than four runs in a game this year. Is 2-1, 4.05 in five starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sanchez

Matt Joyce 4-for-12, HR

James Loney 4-for-10

Ben Zobrist 3-for-13

Tigers vs. Archer

Miguel Cabrera 1-for-2

Austin Jackson 1-for-2, HR

Ian Kinsler 0-for-6

On deck

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, 4.81); Royals — LH Jason Vargas (8-3, 3.32)

Wednesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.28; Royals — RH Yordano Ventura (6-7, 3.07)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Holiday celebration

The Rays joined the other MLB teams in wearing special caps for July Fourth, modeled at right by RHP Grant Balfour. Other AL teams wore red caps with a blue bill, but the Rays opted for the blue cap with the red bill, deciding it matched better. It was Balfour's second July Fourth since passing the test for dual U.S.-Australian citizenship. "It was something I wanted to do," he said.

July Fourth launching?

Six teams have made it to the postseason after being 9½ or more games back on July Fourth, as the Rays were Friday morning:

TeamGBW-LResult

1914 Braves1526-40World Series champ

1979 Reds1041-40NL West champ

1964 Cards1038-40World Series champ

1935 Cubs101/238-31NL champ

2012 A's91/242-42AL West champ

1942 Cards91/241-21-1World Series champ

Source: Rays

Number of the day

7 Rookies on the Rays' 25-man roster: Vince Belnome, Jeff Beliveau, Kevin Kiermaier, Cole Figueroa, Jake Odorizzi, Kirby Yates and Brandon Guyer

Rays: Balfour's hat; July 4 launching 07/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2014 11:06pm]
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