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Rays: Bobby Bowden throws out first pitch

Rays at Athletics

When/where: 10:05 tonight; O.co Coliseum, Oakland

TV/radio: No TV; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.54)

Athletics: RH Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 3.19)

On Cobb: Had a season-high 12 strikeouts in eight innings in last start. Snapped a seven-start winless streak at Tropicana Field with win over Brewers. Is 3-2, 2.34 in six starts against Oakland.

On Samardzija: Has allowed 13 earned runs in five starts since being traded from the Cubs. Both of his wins for Oakland have come at home. Has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SAMARDZIJA

James Loney 1-for-3

Yunel Escobar 1-for-2

Logan Forsythe 0-for-7

ATHLETICS VS. COBB

Josh Donaldson 2-for-10

Sam Fuld 0-for-2

Brandon Moss 2-for-12

On deck

Tuesday: at Athletics, 10:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (6-9, 3.93); Athletics — RH Jason Hammel (0-4, 9.53)

Wednesday: at Athletics, 3:35. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 3.29); Athletics — RH Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.59)

Thursday: off

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Chop at the Trop

Legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden threw out Sunday's ceremonial first pitch as part of FSU day at Tropicana Field. Much of the crowd followed his pitch with the Seminoles' war chant. Bowden appeared a day after two of his former FSU players — Derrick Brooks and Walter Jones — were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Numbers of the day

46 Pitches RHP Jake Odorizzi threw in Sunday's first inning

91 Pitches Odorizzi threw over seven innings in his previous start

5 Earned runs surrendered by Odorizzi in the first inning Sunday

5 Earned runs he had allowed in his past three starts combined

Lights out

A lightning strike at the 16th Street substation dimmed some of Tropicana Field's lights, causing a 19-minute delay. The Rays entertained the family day crowd by showing the Bugs Bunny classic "Baseball Bugs" on the jumbotron. In related news, Seminole Tribe medicine man and rainmaker Bobby Henry was a Rays guest earlier in the weekend.

Rays: Bobby Bowden throws out first pitch

08/03/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 3, 2014 8:47pm]

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