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Rays: DJ helps loosen up clubhouse

Rays vs. A's

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 five hours of game time.

Promotion: Astro bobblehead to kids 14 and younger (while supplies last)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 5.79)

a's: LH Tommy Milone (3-0, 3.86)

Still looking: Hernandez has been so-so in his first three starts with the Rays and still is looking for his first win since Sept. 20, 2011. He is 4-7, 5.14 in 13 appearances (12 starts) against the A's.

On a roll: Milone has won his first three starts with 15 strikeouts and four walks. He is 1-1, 8.18 in two career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MILONE

Shelley Duncan 2-for-5, HR

Kelly Johnson 3-for-5, HR

Matt Joyce 2-for-5

a's VS. HERNANDEZ

Coco Crisp 8-for-20, HR

John Jaso 2-for-9

Seth Smith 1-for-3

On deck

Monday: vs. Yankees, 7:08, Sun Sports/ESPN. Rays — Matt Moore (3-0, 1.00); Yankees — CC Sabathia (3-1, 2.57)

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (0-1, 6.26); Yankees — Phil Hughes (0-2, 6.43)

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-1, 2.53); Yankees — Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.01)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Jeff Niemann, sore shoulder, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• DH Luke Scott, calf strain, 15-day, eligible April 8

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays rave

The never-dull Rays clubhouse had a new twist Saturday afternoon with DJ Fresh playing music. Sensing tightness among some new players, manager Joe Maddon was looking to loosen up his team, creating a group of "25 cowboys" who aren't afraid to make mistakes. It seemed to work as several Rays laughed, took photos and even danced along to tunes played by Doug Hensel, a former Tampa Bay batboy and current in-house entertainer. "I think it's funny," CF Desmond Jennings said, smiling. "But I'm not surprised." Maddon said the DJ was a "one-time gig" but planned something else for today. "Whenever we show up around here, you should not be able to tell if we won 10 in a row or lost 10 in a row," Maddon said. "I want our guys to chill out a little bit."

Numbers of the day

579 Days since the last victory for today's Rays starter, RHP Roberto Hernandez (Sept. 20, 2011).

3 American League teams in the past 25 years to throw four shutouts through the first 17 games of the season, with the Rays (four) joining the 1995 Red Sox (four) and the 1990 Brewers (five).

Rays: DJ helps loosen up clubhouse 04/20/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 1:02am]

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