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Rays: Dewayne Staats impresses during Wrigley tradition

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Drew Smyly (6-10, 3.98)

RANGERS: RH Colby Lewis (8-8, 5.50)

On Smyly: Makes second start since joining Rays in David Price trade, losing at Oakland Tuesday while working 51/3 innings. Is 1-1, 2.96 in eight games (three starts) vs. Rangers.

On Lewis: Has gone 2-2, 2.30 ERA in past four starts. Has never lost to the Rays, going 4-0, 3.47 in five regular-season games (last on April 28, 2012), 1-0, 0.82 in two playoff starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. LEWIS

Matt Joyce 2-for-9, HR

Evan Longoria 1-for-11

Ben Zobrist 1-for-8

RANGERS VS. SMYLY

Elvis Andrus 3-for-12

Adrian Beltre 4-for-7

Shin-Soo Choo 1-for-9

(Includes playoffs)

On deck

Tuesday: at Rangers, 8:05. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.61); Rangers — RH Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.46)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Let 'em hear you, Dewayne

Rays TV man Dewayne Staats didn't just call Sunday's game, he also got the honor of leading the Wrigley Field crowd in Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch. Staats, who called Cubs games from 1985-89, handled it well, having also done so during the Devil Rays' 2003 visit. "It was fun, really fun," he said. "I thought it went great. And I was grateful for the chance." Partner Brian Anderson complimented Staats for dropping out during the refrain where the fans sing about the Cubs winning. "Very professional," Anderson said, flashing thumbs up. Staats also did a half-inning of play-by-play on the Cubs broadcast. "Dewayne killed it today," Cubs TV man Len Kasper said. "Our fans loved hearing him again, 25 years later."

Quote of the day

"Interesting. Of course, I'm an advocate of anything weird and different like this."

Manager Joe Maddon, on the new retro "fauxback" uniforms the Rays wore Sunday.

Rays: Dewayne Staats impresses during Wrigley tradition 08/10/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:52pm]
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