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Rays: Escobar wears "We need to win" sign

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: With the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket, fans can purchase up to three kids' tickets (ages 2-14) in select selected seating categories for $2.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (6-5, 3.17)

MARINERS: RH Aaron Harang (3-0, 7.13)

On Price: Gave up one run over seven innings in no-decision in Los Angeles in last start and is 5-1, 1.40 since June 2 return from DL. Will be making his first career start against Seattle, the last AL team he hasn't faced.

On Harang: Is coming off a rough start against Toronto, when he allowed seven runs in two innings. The 12-year veteran is 1-5, 6.94 in seven road starts this season.

Key matchups


Luke Scott 5-for-19, HR

James Loney 4-for-18

Kelly Johnson 1-for-7


Michael Morse 2-for-3, HR

Kendrys Morales 1-for-6

On deck

Thursday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-2, 3.01); Mariners — LH Joe Saunders (10-11, 4.69)

Friday: vs. Blue, Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Blue Jays — RH R. A. Dickey (9-11, 4.46)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Message of the day

With the Rays entering Tuesday on a five-game losing streak, SS Yunel Escobar brought some levity to the clubhouse by wearing a sign around his neck that read, "We need to win." "That's funny," CF Desmond Jennings said. Manager Joe Maddon said Escobar will run around the dugout before a game and "mention that to everybody." "He's always about winning," Maddon said.

Wright stuff

No one will ever confuse new Rays LHP Wesley Wright, the 5-foot-11 reliever, with teammate RHP Jamey Wright, the 6-foot-6 veteran. Wesley did think when he saw the other Wright's jersey in the clubhouse that they switched his number, but Jamey quickly put him at ease. "It should be fun," Wesley said. "He came over and said, 'That's my cousin from another mother.' "

Rare feat

When Mariners SS Brad Miller and Rays 2B Ben Zobrist each led off the first inning with a homer, it marked first time in the AL since Aug. 17, 2006, that both teams started a game with a homer.

Rays: Escobar wears "We need to win" sign 08/13/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:48pm]
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