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Rays: Broadcaster Wills gets stuck in elevator

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.45)

RED SOX: RH John Lackey (3-2, 4.22)

On Bedard: Coming off rough Thursday start vs. Twins in which he walked four in the first inning and lasted only four. Is 5-5, 4.68 in 14 games against Sox, 3-5, 5.73 in 12 Fenway starts.

On Lackey: Coming off a strong Wednesday start vs. Yankees, allowing one run on seven hits with 11 Ks. Is 12-7, 4.39 in 21 starts vs. Rays, with 105 strikeouts and only 39 walks.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. LACKEY

Yunel Escobar 10-for-18

Matt Joyce 6-for-18, 2 HRs

E. Longoria 11-for-33, 2 HRs

RED SOX VS. BEDARD

Jonny Gomes 4-for-25, HR

David Ortiz 5-for-26, HR

Dustin Pedroia 3-for-16

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-1, 4.11); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00)

Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (1-1, 3.38); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-0, 2.87)

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05. Rays — LH David Price (3-2, 4.75); Yankees — TBA

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 6.85); Yankees — TBA

Sweet home Chicago

Rays radio guy Dave Wills was just trying to meet some friends for a Chicago-style lunch at the popular Portillo's before heading to the ballpark then out of town Monday when he got unexpectedly delayed — trapped in an elevator at the Drake hotel for 30 minutes. "I pushed the alarm button and no one answered," Wills said. "So I had to get the number and call the front desk to tell them I was stuck." Wills said there was one scary moment when the elevator car felt like it dropped a few feet, and he got out when workers manipulated it to a service area. Wills did, eventually, make it to lunch.

Welcome gift

White Sox manager Robin Ventura sent over a bottle of wine for Rays manager and oenophile Joe Maddon — a 2012 pinot noir from the Cambria winery in Ventura's Santa Maria, Calif., hometown. Maddon said he'll return the favor when the Sox visit in September.

Quote of the day

"We're in the Midwest, in Chicago, things change rather quickly."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the weather forecast that evolved throughout the day Monday.

Rays: Broadcaster Wills gets stuck in elevator 04/28/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2014 11:47pm]
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