Rays Report

Rays: Digging disco; Astros' Cosart thanks Maddon, Rays

Rays vs. Astros

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $19-$210, at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Postgame concert by Carly Rae Jepsen

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-3, 3.59)

Astros: LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.67)

On Archer: Is on a roll with the Rays winning his past four starts as he has gone 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA. Has made one start against Houston, picking up the win July 4 after giving up two runs over six innings.

On Bedard: Has lost his past two starts, including July 2 at home against Rays, when he allowed four runs over 5⅓ innings. Is 11-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Bedard

Desmond Jennings 4-for-7, HR

Jose Molina 2-for-13

Ben Zobrist 5-for-19

Astros vs. Archer

Brandon Barnes 1-for-2

Jose Altuve 0-for-3

Chris Carter 0-for-3

On deck

Monday-Thursday: All-Star break

Friday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (3-5, 3.94); Blue Jays — TBD

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-3, 4.67); Blue Jays — TBD

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

• 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

Digging disco I

During '70s Night, the Rays showed a video on the JumboTron of manager Joe Maddon entering Tropicana Field like John Travolta in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever. Maddon, who wore a Star Trek shirt and jeans in the clip, said the disco era was his favorite — after it was over. "When you're actually living the era, I was kind of the anti-disco era," Maddon said. "I was more rock 'n' roll and long hair. But I was always appreciative of how the women dressed during the era."

Digging disco II

The Rays had plenty of laughs over the disco-dressed versions of themselves on the scoreboard during their at-bats from Wil Myers' large Afro to RHP Roberto Hernandez's Austin Powers-look. DH Luke Scott liked the vintage white suit they put on him: "It's like they may have raided (first-base coach George Hendrick's) closet and picked out something from back in his day and said, 'You know what? Luke might look good in this.' "

Tweet of the day

"Thank you @RaysJoeMaddon and the rays fans for the kind words and support after my debut. Something I will never forget #classact."

Astros rookie RHP Jarred Cosart, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in beating the Rays 2-1 at the Trop in his big-league debut Friday

Rays: Digging disco; Astros' Cosart thanks Maddon, Rays 07/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, July 14, 2013 1:00am]

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