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Rays: Cobb seeking alternative nicknames for pitch

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $14-$210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rope necklace for kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (8-1, 2.95)

Orioles: RH Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.97)

On Moore: Coming off two abbreviated starts, one inning at Cleveland on May 31 due to rain, two innings at Detroit on June 4 due to ineffectiveness. Is 4-0, 2.03 ERA in five home starts. Is 4-2, 2.34 in seven career outings vs. Orioles.

On Tillman: Has allowed three or fewer earned runs in eight of past nine starts. Tends to struggle against Rays, going 1-5, 4.99 ERA in nine games, allowing 13 home runs.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Tillman

Matt Joyce 4-for-16, HR

Evan Longoria 8-for-18, 3 HRs

Ben Zobrist 4-for-24, 2 HRs

Orioles vs. Moore

J.J. Hardy 3-for-17, HR

Adam Jones 7-for-16, HR

Matt Wieters 6-for-11, 2 HRs

On deck

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.39); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (3-5, 2.79)

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03); Red Sox — LH Jon Lester (6-2, 3.60)

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (1-1, 4.91); Red Sox — TBA

Thursday: vs. Royals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 5.18); Royals — Ervin Santana (4-5, 2.99)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Just call it "The Thing" — for now, anyway

A big part of RHP Alex Cobb's success has been an out pitch that is something of a hybrid of a changeup and a split-finger. Teammate Jeremy Hellickson has named Cobb's pitch "The Thing." Cobb, right, thinks the moniker is kind of cool — "It's shorter than 'The Split-Change,' and it's easier to say," he said — but he is open to more creative suggestions, sent to his Twitter account, @Acobb53.

The business of baseball

Bench coach Dave Martinez knew the Rays had interest in drafting his son, OF Dalton. But so much for any inside info: "I knew they were thinking about it, and I asked (executive VP) Andrew (Friedman), I said, 'Hey, are you going to draft him?' And he kind of gave me that smirky look, like he wouldn't say." The Rays did Saturday, in the 31st round. Martinez found out during the game, when head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield got a text message and told him.

Stats of the day

R H HR

1 6 0

Orioles totals in first two games of the series

Rays: Cobb seeking alternative nicknames for pitch 06/08/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 11:42pm]

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