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Rays: Dickey provides bad omen before game starts

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.89)

Jays: RH Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.35)

On Cobb: Trending well in his first full season with strikeouts up (including 5-plus Ks in 7 of his 8 starts) and walks down, and averaging 62/3 IP per start. Beat Jays in only prior start in August 2012.

On Ortiz: Longtime Angels starter, now 39, has been a pleasant surprise in two starts since coming up from Triple A. Is 6-2, 4.10 in 11 games vs. Rays, last facing them in 2007.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Ortiz

Kelly Johnson2-for-5, HR

James Loney0-for-3

Luke Scott2-for-5

Jays vs. Cobb

Melky Cabrera1-for-3

Maicer Izturis0-for-3

Colby Rasmus1-for-3

On deck

Wednesday: at Blue Jays, 4:37, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.82); Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (1-3, 6.33)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 5.24); Yankees — RH David Phelps (2-2, 3.83)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I said, 'Well, listen, you have to understand one thing — Ben Zobrist is arguing with you. Enough said.' "

Manager Joe Maddon on his discussion with 2B ump C.B. Bucknor on a seemingly blown call as the aforementioned Zobrist said he had tagged Henry Blanco.

Knuckling under

The Rays already felt things were against them when the Jays were rained out Sunday in New York, meaning knuckleballer R.A. Dickey would be on the mound against them Monday. Then as soon as they saw him warm up before the first inning Monday they knew they were in trouble. "The umpire was sitting behind the catcher (Henry) Blanco and he just whiffed and one hit him right in the arm," manager Joe Maddon said. "Right away I took that as a bad sign."

Numbers of the day

17

Rays starting pitchers since the start of the 2008 season, three fewer than any other team (Giants).

23 years, 54 days

Jake Odorizzi's age, making him the youngest right-hander to start for the Rays since 22-year-old Edwin Jackson in 2006.

Rays: Dickey provides bad omen before game starts 05/20/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 11:11pm]

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