Rays at Twins
When/where: 8:10 tonight, Target Field, Minneapolis
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.14)
Twins: RH Kyle Gibson (8-7, 3.92)
On Cobb: Worked effectively into seventh inning in last start but got no decision when bullpen blew up. Is 3-5, 4.89 in 10 starts since coming off DL but getting better. Hasn't faced Twins.
On Gibson: Second-year righty has made seven starts allowing four or more earned runs, 11 starts with two or fewer. Was roughed up by Rays in an April start, is 0-2, 11.00 vs. them overall.
Rays vs. Gibson
Twins vs. Cobb
Saturday: at Twins, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (9-7, 3.23); Twins — RH Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92)
Does he know something we don't know?
Could 3B Evan Longoria, the Rays' veteran leader, have some inside info? Or was it just a Freudian slip? In talking Thursday about the team and the possibility of ace David Price being traded, Longoria said: "The Rays franchise just doesn't end when he — if he doesn't come back after the deadline. Whatever ends up happening the next day will be business as usual. We'll really try to go out there and win just like we did the day before, when the team was like it was before."
Joe's Great (All-Star Break) Adventure
Manager Joe Maddon spent his All-Star break enjoying Florida's east coast in his RV. Rain interfered at times, as he had to put the awning down to be able to watch the All-Star Game on the external TV. "I was able to battle through with a cigar," Maddon said. "It was kind of fun, actually."
Numbers of the day
Odds for the Rays to make the playoffs, per online betting site Bovada
Games in 15 days for the Rays from July 10-24