Rays vs. Padres
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $14-$210, at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.
RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.79)
Padres: RH Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.50)
Alex the Great: Cobb hasn't faced the Padres but has fared well against NL teams, going 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA, allowing only a .210 average. He is coming off a win in Colorado, though he allowed three solo homers.
On a roll: Former Reds All-Star Volquez started 0-3 with an 11.68 ERA but is 3-0, 2.49 in his past four starts. He has allowed 45 hits and 16 walks in 37 innings. He beat the Rays for Cincinnati in 2011.
RAYS VS. VOLQUEZ
Yunel Escobar 3-for-11
Kelly Johnson 4-for-12
James Loney 1-for-9
Jose Molina 3-for-6, 2 HR
Padres VS. COBB
None have faced
Saturday: vs. Padres, 6:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.79); Padres — Burch Smith (MLB debut)
Sunday: vs. Padres, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 4.66); Padres — Eric Stults (3-2, 4.50)
The Rays will be dressed for next week's trip to Baltimore in camouflage. While some members of the traveling party were asking where to get such gear, others have plenty. "That works for me," DH Luke Scott (right) said. "Maybe some face paint, too. Too bad I can't bring some of my other props."
Quote of the day
"The thing he and I talk about is that one moment when we actually have a Pad-Rays World Series. That would be kind of fun."
Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on Padres counterpart Bud Black, a friend and former Angels colleague
Sign of the times
The AL East standings (prior to Thursday's games) at least look a little more interesting thanks to this addition to the second-level concourse at the Trop.