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Rays: Eckerd coach Bill Mathews throws out first pitch

Rays vs. Indians

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 five hours of game time.

Promotion: Ladies wristlet as part of Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 6.83)

Indians: RH Corey Kluber (2-3, 3.60)

On Odorizzi: Has been good first time through lineup (.140 opponents average), very bad after that (.475). Faced Indians twice when with Royals in 2012, going 0-1, 4.91.

On Kluber: Coming of a 13-strikeout game vs. White Sox, including seven straight, and first complete game before that. Has 48 Ks overall in 45 innings. Has pitched two innings vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Kluber

James Loney 0-for-1

Evan Longoria 0-for-1

Ben Zobrist 0-for-1

Indians vs. Odorizzi

Michael Brantley 1-for-3

Asdrubal Cabrera 1-for-3

Carlos Santana 1-for-3 HR

On deck

Saturday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (1-1, 4.5); Indians — RH Zach McAllister (3-2, 3.18)

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-1, 4.84); Indians — RH Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.35)

Monday: at Mariners, 10:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (1-1, 2.96); Mariners — RH Felix Hernandez (3-1, 2.73)

Tuesday: at Mariners, 10:10. Rays — LH David Price (3-2, 4.44); Mariners — RH Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0, 5.40)

Wednesday: at Mariners, 3:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 6.83); Mariners — RH Brandon Maurer (1-0, 6.92)

Making his pitch

When Bill Mathews is at Tropicana Field, he is usually in the press box as the official scorer. But before Thursday's game, he was on the mound, throwing out the first pitch in acknowledgment of his retirement after 24 years as the baseball coach at Eckerd College. His son Zach, right, who works on the Rays ground crew, caught his strike to the plate. "Twenty-four years ago, 60 feet seemed a lot shorter," Mathews said.

Number of the day

9

Homers allowed by David Price, matching most in MLB.

Sweep report

Since changing names in 2008, the Rays had been swept at home in series of three-plus games only five times. Those with the broom:

Team Date

Orioles May 2014

Mets June 2012

White Sox May 2012

Orioles April 2011

Red Sox May 2010

Tigers Sept. 2009

Rays: Eckerd coach Bill Mathews throws out first pitch 05/08/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:58pm]
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