Rays at Mariners
When/where: 4:10 today; Safeco Field, Seattle
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM
RAYS: LH Matt Moore (15-3, 3.27)
Mariners: RH Erasmo Ramirez (5-1, 5.07)
On Moore: Returned from the DL with a win Tuesday in Anaheim, working into the sixth. Has won seven straight decisions; 15 wins match most by AL lefties. Is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts against Mariners.
On Ramirez: The good thing for the Rays is that Felix Hernandez was supposed to be starting. The bad news, Ramirez beat them Aug. 13 at the Trop, though allowing four runs in 51/3 innings.
RAYS VS. RAMIREZ
Yunel Escobar 3-for-5
Evan Longoria 1-for-3
Ben Zobrist 3-for-4, 2 HRs
Mariners VS. MOORE
Dustin Ackley 3-for-6
M. Saunders 2-for-5, HR
Kyle Seager 2-for-8
Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-7, 3.51); Red Sox — TBA
Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82); Red Sox — TBA
Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04); Red Sox — TBA
Friday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (8-7, 3.19); Twins — TBA
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Ready for some football
A few of the Rays were supposedly pretty good football players, including former high school QBs Chris Archer and Alex Cobb. Also manager Joe Maddon, who played for the Lafayette College freshman team. But the best football player in the clubhouse clearly is CF Desmond Jennings (right), who was good enough at Pinson Valley High to be recruited by Alabama and was an All-American at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College. Could he have played in the NFL? "Why not? I think I could have," Jennings said. "Receiver or cornerback."
Ready for some more football
Unprompted, manager Joe Maddon went for a football analogy in his analysis of Friday's performance. "It's like having a bad red-zone offense — we just can't punch it through. We're inside the 20 all the time and we get the three points once in a while," he said. "A couple penalties in the end zone, brought the ball back."
AL wild card
Team W-L Pct. GB
Rangers 80-61 .567—
Rays 77-64 .546—
Orioles 76-65 .539 1
Indians 76-65 .539 1
Yankees 75-67 .528 2½