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Rays: Equal opportunity bat breaker

Rays vs. Orioles

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 Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.83)

ORIOLES: RH Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.17)

On Bedard: Has won only once in past six starts with a 4.25 ERA. Hasn't made it through five innings in five of 11 starts. Is 1-1, 5.54 vs. former Orioles mates, starting last in '12.

On Gonzalez: Is set to be activated off DL, out since May 31 with oblique strain. Has struggled on road, going 1-3, 5.29. Is 3-3, 3.55 in nine starts vs. Rays, 2-1, 1.75 in four at Trop.

Key matchups


James Loney 3-for-15

Evan Longoria 5-for-18, HR

Jose Molina 4-for-14 HR


Nelson Cruz 7-for-21, 2 HRs

Chris Davis 3-for-8

Adam Jones 6-for-12

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 1:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (2-4, 3.99); Orioles — RH Kevin Gausman (2-1, 3.71)

Thursday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-4, 3.40); Astros — TBA

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (5-6, 3.93); Astros — TBA

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.85); Astros — TBA

Quote of the day

"I think the best way to turn up the mental sharpness is through fundamental work.''

Manager Joe Maddon, on plans for extra spring training-like drills this week

Bat man

Turns out INF/OF Jerry Sands broke three different kinds of bats during his big at-bat Sunday. He started with his usual, a 34½-inch, 32-ounce Trinity birch, then a Louisville Slugger and a Victus. He got a box of six new Trinitys on Monday but went with "an old faithful" Trinity for his big homer.

Number of the day


Total of grants given by the Rays to 20 local nonprofit organizations. A second round will be awarded in September; see raysbaseball.com/community

Rays: Equal opportunity bat breaker 06/16/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 11:20pm]
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