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Rays: Clevelander distraction for bullpen at Marlins part; white dress-up winner

Rays at Marlins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Marlins Park, Miami

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Colome (MLB debut)

MARLINS: RH Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 3.65)

On Colome: Was 4-5, 2.60 in 10 starts at Triple-A Durham, with 61 strikeouts and 22 walks in 55⅓ innings. Has high-end fastball, and complementary assortment of cutter, changeup and curveball.

On Nolasco: Took a tough no-decision in last start, holding the White Sox to one run into the eighth. Is 2-4, 7.71 in six starts vs. Rays, allowing 44 hits in 30⅓ innings, last winning in 2008.

Key matchups

Rays VS. NOLASCO

Yunel Escobar 10-for-27, HR

Kelly Johnson 3-for-16

Ben Zobrist 4-for-7

MARLINS VS. Colome

None have faced

On deck

Friday: at Indians, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (8-0, 2.21); Indians — RH Corey Kluber (3-3, 4.57)

Saturday: at Indians, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Indians — RH Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 5.57)

Sunday: at Indians, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.61); Indians — RH Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.08)

Monday: Off

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

. Bullpen perspective

With the Marlins switching to the rightfield bullpen this season, the visiting relievers are now set up next to the stadium's Clevelander club, which features a bar, pool and dancing go-go girls. After joking that maybe the Marlins did it because their relievers had been distracted, Rays manager Joe Maddon said: "I'm sure we're going to have to keep an eye on our boys. Joel (Peralta) has got the night off, so if you see Peralta up in the Clevelander around the seventh inning, you know it's okay."

All-white all-star

No, we don't have any pictures. (Not yet, anyway.) But apparently the star of the Rays all-white dress-up theme for the trip to Miami was SS Yunel Escobar. "By far," manager Joe Maddon said. "It included some kind of shorter pants, very tight-fitting. All-white. Different. But totally worked. And we're all jealous because we can't do the same thing."

Numbers of the day

3

Games in which Evan Longoria has not reached base, out of 52.

26

Consecutive starts in which Matt Joyce has reached base.

Rays: Clevelander distraction for bullpen at Marlins part; white dress-up winner 05/29/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:08am]
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