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Rays: Bucs' McCoy throws out first pitch

Rays vs. Royals

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-90, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 5.18)

ROYALS: RH Ervin Santana (4-5, 2.99)

On Hellickson: Has won back-to-back decisions for the first time since last July 24-29. Is 1-0, 2.66 in four career appearances (three starts) against Kansas City.

On Santana: Has lasted at least seven innings in each of his past five outings, allowing two earned runs over seven in a win over Houston on Saturday. Is 5-6, 5.47 in 13 career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups


Yunel Escobar 7-for-17

James Loney 5-for-14

Luke Scott 8-for-21, 2 HRs


Billy Butler 5-for-9

Alex Gordon 4-for-9

Eric Hosmer 2-for-8

On deck

Friday: vs. Royals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (8-2, 3.78); Royals — RH Luis Mendoza (1-3, 4.19)

Saturday: vs. Royals, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.95); Royals — RH Jeremy Guthrie (7-3, 3.60)

Sunday: vs. Royals, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (4-6, 4.91); Royals — RH Wade Davis (3-5, 5.37)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Making his pitch

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy played baseball — third base and centerfield — until he was 13. Part of the reason he wears glasses, he says, is that he got hit in the left eye with a baseball twice during warmups. McCoy looked like a natural Wednesday in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to fellow Oklahoma City native, RHP Jamey Wright, who jokingly used a spin move on the Pro Bowl player on his way to the mound. McCoy was scheduled to throw out a pitch last month, but a minor car accident derailed the dream. "That was fun," McCoy said. "A split second, but a lot of fun."

Quote of the day

"He is playing a very high level of shortstop and I really believe that is working his way into consideration for the All-Star team."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on SS Yunel Escobar

Number of the day

.304 Rays batting average with runners in scoring position entering Wednesday, tops in the American League, before going 0-for-7

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