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Rays: David Price gets his 'Late Show' moment

Rays at Twins

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Target Field, Minneapolis

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (9-7, 3.23)

Twins: RH Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92)

On Price: Worked eight innings Sunday vs. Blue Jays to win fourth straight. Leads majors with 164 strikeouts. Is 3-2, 2.72 in eight games vs. Twins, though 1-2, 3.29 in four at Target Field.

On Hughes: Former Yankee has been a welcome addition to Twins staff, but has allowed five or more runs in four of past five starts. Is 4-5, 4.62 in 17 games (10 starts) vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hughes

Yunel Escobar7-for-20

Matt Joyce7-for-15, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist0-for-16

Twins vs. Price

Brian Dozier3-for-10, 2 HR

Edwin Nunez9-for-28, HR

Kurt Suzuki4-for-17, HR

On deck

Sunday: at Twins, 2:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-5, 3.41); Twins — RH Kevin Correia (5-11, 4.61).

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Cardinals, 8:15. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (5-8, 4.01); Cards — RH Adam Wainwright (12-4, 1.83)

Wednesday: at Cardinals, 7:15. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.14); Cards — RH Shelby Miller (7-8, 4.29)

Thursday: Off

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

'Late Show' fun

LHP David Price enjoyed watching his part in the All-Star segment on Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman. "It was cool," he said. "I knew what all we did. I was kind of waiting to see how they pieced it together." Price's star turn came during a Mall of America visit in suburban Minneapolis, where he and show intern Todd rode a roller coaster (right) and a carousel, played carnival games and shared a milkshake. "It was the best thing I've done for TV and the most fun I've had," Price said. See the video on tampabay.com/blogs/rays.

Early afternoon fun

Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo was waiting for the right moment Thursday to tell C Curt Casali of his callup when he found out Rays coach Jamie Nelson had already sent a text message to Casali, who was taking early batting practice. So Montoyo took Casali's phone out of his locker, then waited until the players were assembled on the field for pregame stretch to share the news. "That," Casali said, once he got over the panic of thinking he lost his phone, "made it more memorable."

Numbers of the day

6

Rookies on Rays' active roster, third most in majors

11

Rookies used this season

Rays: David Price gets his 'Late Show' moment 07/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:28pm]

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