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Rays: Fantasy football draft taken seriously

Rays at Angels

When/where: 10:05 tonight; Angel Stadium, Anaheim

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41)

ANGELS: LH Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.54)

On Moore: Returns from DL for first start since July 28, sidelined by sore elbow. Made rehab start Thursday for Durham, (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 78 pitches). Is 2-0, 1.96 in three starts vs. the Angels; 2-0, 1.42 in Anaheim.

On Vargas: Shut the Rays down Thursday at Trop, allowing only 2 hits over 7 shutout innings. Is 3-1, 3.00 over his past five starts. Former Mariner is 3-3, 2.74 in eight starts vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. VARGAS

Evan Longoria 3-for-15, HR

Delmon Young 5-for-15

Ben Zobrist 8-for-20

ANGELS VS. MOORE

Josh Hamilton 2-for-4

Mike Trout 1-for-6, HR

Mark Trumbo 3-for-9, HR

On deck

Wednesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.95) or RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 5.21); Angels — RH Jered Weaver (9-7, 3.30)

Thursday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-6, 3.30); Angels — RH Jerome Williams (5-10, 4.68)

Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82); Mariners — RH Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.92)

Rays disabled list

OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's/Tex. 79-58 .577—

Rays 75-61 .551

Orioles 73-63 .537 2

Yankees 73-64 .533 2½

Indians 72-65 .526 3½

They're ready for some football

The Rays held something of a team meeting when they got to Anaheim on Sunday night for an important purpose: gathering in a hotel suite, with computer hookups and a big board, to hold the draft for their 12-team fantasy football league. RHP Jamey Wright, right, had the first pick and took Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. LHP David Price, looking for a title to add to his 2011 crown, picked fourth, taking Ray Rice "and all the good players." INF/OF Kelly Johnson, teaming with OF Wil Myers, took Trent Richardson, liking, besides his scoring potential, his southern roots. The Rays definitely take the process seriously. "There was a lot of mock-drafting being done," Johnson said.

Trop-ical "vacation"

RHPs Jeremy Hellickson and Jake Odorizzi were technically optioned to the minors but spent time working out alone at the Trop while their teammates were in Oakland. "We were there in the dark and I think it was 100 degrees inside there, too, so … it wasn't a lot of fun," Hellickson said. They were able to get keys to the usually locked clubhouse. "We found our way in there," he said.

Rays: Fantasy football draft taken seriously 09/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 1:09am]
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