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Rays: Football creeps into conversations

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 4:10 today; Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

Monday: Off

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

Rays: Football creeps into conversations 09/07/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 1:00am]
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