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Rays: Dozen new Rays fans are born

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (17-4, 3.29)

Jays: LH Mark Buehrle (12-10, 4.15)

On Moore: Coming off an eventful spring that included 15 walks and six wild pitches in 171/3 innings. Had rough 2013 spring, too, then went 17-4, 3.29 and was an All-Star. Is 4-1, 3.28 vs. Jays.

On Buehrle: Threw a perfect game vs. Rays in 2009 when with White Sox. Did a little more work this spring in hopes of avoiding another slow start like in 2013. Is 8-5, 4.51 overall vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Buehrle

Desmond Jennings 6-for-12

Evan Longoria 9-for-28, HR

Sean Rodriguez 6-for-19

Jays vs. Moore

Jose Bautista 2-for-8

E. Encarnacion 3-for-9, HR

Colby Rasmus 1-for-10

On deck

Thursday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays —RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.22); Jays — RH Brandon Morrow (2-3, 5.63)

Friday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.94); Rangers — LH Joe Saunders (11-16, 5.26)

Saturday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (1-0, 2.45); Rangers — RH Nick Martinez (MLB debut).

Sunday: vs. Rangers, 1:40. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (0-1, 7.20); Rangers — TBA

Rays disabled list

INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, April 14

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Get 'em while they're young

Eight boys and four girls were born Monday at the Bayfront Baby Place in St. Petersburg, which means 12 new Rays Fans For Life under a new program in which each gets four tickets to all future Rays home openers. RHP Heath Bell and INF Sean Rodriguez — whose wife is set to soon deliver their fourth child at Bayfront — met the new fans Tuesday.

April Fool's tweet of the day

From @KimDeJesus9, wife of OF David:

Wow that was a short run in Tampa! Dave just got traded to the @Dodgers …thankfully I can show him where all the juice bars are here

Number of the day

2-1

Odds by the Bovada online site that Toronto's John Gibbons is the first MLB manager fired, following by Arizona's Kirk Gibson (5-2)

Rays: Dozen new Rays fans are born 04/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:18pm]
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