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Rays: Duncan's brother visits; Gomes brief at Triple A

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: David Price Cy Young figurine to the first 20,000 fans.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (11-9, 4.03 in '12)

Indians: RH Trevor Bauer (6-8, 4.24 in '12)

Stepping up: Cobb enters his first full season in the rotation and is coming off a strong spring during which he posted a 2.81 ERA over six major-league starts. He is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in two starts against Cleveland.

Hot shot: The touted prospect was called up to take the place of former Rays LHP Scott Kazmir (rib cage strain). Bauer, the No. 3 overall pick in 2011, was acquired from Arizona in December.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Bauer

(Never faced)

Indians vs. Cobb

Mike Aviles 0-for-6

Nick Swisher 2-for-8

Michael Bourn 1-for-4

On deck

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (0-0, 3.00); Indians — Justin Masterson (1-0, 1.50)

Monday: at Rangers, 8:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 7.11); Rangers - Alexi Ogando (1-0, 0.00).

Rays disabled list

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, eligible May 30

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

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder, 15-day, eligible April 13

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Guest of the day

Retired 1B/OF Chris Duncan, right, younger brother of Rays DH/OF Shelley Duncan, is in town from St. Louis for the weekend series. Shelley said it's special because they've rarely gotten to see each other play during their big-league careers. Said Shelley: "We've always said we're more nervous watching each other than actually playing."

Quote of the day

"I can still ride a bus."

RHP Brandon Gomes, joking about what he learned during a three-day stay at Triple-A Durham before getting called up Friday

Meet the Rays: Alex Cobb

What was it like for Rays pitcher Alex Cobb to serve as a bat boy for the Dodgers? Why is he so sentimental about The Big Cheese? Watch video of Cobb answering these questions and more at tampabay.com/meettherays.

Award of the day

LHP David Price, who received his AL Cy Young award in January in New York, will be publicly presented with it again before tonight's game.

Rays: Duncan's brother visits; Gomes brief at Triple A 04/05/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 11:43pm]
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