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Rays: Blown leads; Maddon on Rodney; Rodney quiet; Tampa mayor tweet

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $19-300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Fernando Rodney figurine with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem, see raysbaseball.com/tandems.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (5-2, 2.73)

YANKEES: LH CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43)

On Cobb: Moved up a day, though on normal rest, coming off solid 6⅓-inning outing at Toronto. Is 3-0, 1.85 in five home starts. Is 2-1, 2.22 in four starts vs. Yankees, allowing 15 hits in 28⅓ IP.

On Sabathia: Allowed season-high 11 hits Monday, is winless in past four starts. Has won only 3 of 19 starts vs. Rays as a Yankee. Overall 3-6, 4.07 at Trop, his worst winning percentage at any park.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SABATHIA

Yunel Escobar 7-for-25, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 15-for-41, 5 HRs

Ben Zobrist 14-for-61, HR

YANKEES VS. COBB

Robinson Cano 2-for-12, 2 HRs

Ichiro Suzuki 1-for-8

Vernon Wells 0-for-5

On deck

Monday: vs. Marlins, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.40); Marlins — RH Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.31)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quotes of the day

"I'm sure it's bothering him a little bit.''

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on closer Fernando Rodney

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Fernando Rodney, who left the clubhouse without talking to reporters

Staggering stats of the day

3

Games lost after being 1 strike away from win.

5

Blown leads in 9th inning, Rays 1-4 in those games.

10

Blown leads from 7th inning on, Rays 2-8 in those games.

Tweet of the day

Threw out first pitch at Rays game last night. As it turned out, the(y) probably should have started me. Just saying.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Saturday on @BobBuckhorn

Rays: Blown leads; Maddon on Rodney; Rodney quiet; Tampa mayor tweet 05/25/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 25, 2013 11:08pm]
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