Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Promotion: Raymond rally gnome as part of Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.
Rays: RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.09)
RED SOX: RH Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 4.50)
On Archer: Sunday in Toronto allowed one earned run or fewer for fourth straight start. Has 2.25 ERA and .220 opponents average over past 18 starts. Is 1-3, 4.75 in six starts vs. Sox.
On Ranaudo: 2010 first-rounder showed well in early August starts vs. Yankees and Reds. Is 14-4, 2.61 in 24 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, including two seven-inning, no-run games vs. Rays' Durham team.
Rays VS. RANAUDO
None have faced
RED SOX VS. ARCHER
Mike Napoli 1-for-10, 6 Ks
David Ortiz 5-for-12, HR
Dustin Pedroia 3-for-13
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Quotes-most-likely-to-be-brought-up-today of the day
"I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat."
Rays RHP Chris Archer, discussing Boston's David Ortiz and his home-run reaction after their last meeting, in July
"You got two days in the league, you can't be just (whining) and complaining about (things) like that."
Ortiz, on Archer's initial comments about Ortiz being bigger than the game
Name-you-didn't-expect-to-be-brought-up of the day
LHP Drew Smyly on Wednesday became the second pitcher in Rays history to have back-to-back starts of seven or more innings while allowing two hits or fewer. The other? Not David Price, nor James Shields, nor Matt Garza, nor Scott Kazmir. How about Victor Zambrano, in June 2003.
AL wild-card race
Team W-L Pct. GB
A's* 78-54 .591—
Mariners 72-60 .545—
Tigers 72-60 .545—
Yankees 69-63 .523 3
Indians 68-64 .515 4
Blue Jays 67-66 .504 51/2
Rays 65-69 .485 8
* Late game not included