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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,, 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

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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