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Rays: Botched spelling nothing new to Bourgeois

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (7-2, 2.94)

ORIOLES: RH Miguel Gonzalez (8-5, 3.84)

On Cobb: Worked five innings and got win vs. M's Thursday, his first start since being hit in the head by a line drive June 15. Is 1-0, 2.31 in two starts vs. O's, had no-decision at Camden Yards in 2012.

On Gonzalez: In his past four starts is 0-2, 6.33. Tends to give Rays fits; O's have won past five games he has started vs. them, 5-1 overall. He is 2-1, 3.97 in the six starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GONZALEZ

Matt Joyce 2-for-13

Evan Longoria 4-for-11, HR

Ben Zobrist 0-for-13

ORIOLES VS. COBB

J.J. Hardy 2-for-6

Adam Jones 1-for-6

Matt Wieters 2-for-5, HR

On deck

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.91); Orioles — LH Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.23)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — LH CC Sabathia (11-10, 4.83)

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL East standings

Team W-L Win% GB

Red Sox 73-53 .579—*

Rays 71-52 .577 .5

Orioles 67-57 .540 5

Yankees 64-59 .520 7.5

Blue Jays 57-67 .460 15

Name game

Jason Bourgeois is used to his name being misspelled, so he didn't find it as big a deal as reporters did to see it badly mangled in the Camden Yards clubhouse Monday. "It's my first time here, so I guess I have to introduce myself," Bourgeois said. He said he has seen versions with a Z and two S's, but the usual issue is "over-voweling." "After the 'G' the vowels start coming from out of nowhere," he said.

Road warrior

RHP Alex Cobb is excited to be pitching again, and talking primarily about pitching, having missed two months after being hit in the head by a line drive. And he apparently was overexcited to be back on the road for the first time. "I was a mess on the plane," he said. "I left my carry-on luggage on the plane, just forgot the whole process." As for the bag? He realized it when he got to the bus, and the players had to wait for him to retrieve it.

AL wild card

Team W-L Win% GB

Rays 71-52 .577

A's 70-53 .569—*

Orioles 67-57 .540 3.5

Indians 66-58 .532 4.5*

Yankees 64-59 .520 6

* Late game not included

Rays: Botched spelling nothing new to Bourgeois 08/19/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 19, 2013 11:20pm]
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