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Rays: Fun with Scott brothers; Loney's Houston memories

Rays at Astros

When/where: 8:10 tonight; Minute Maid Park, Houston

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (4-9, 4.98)

Astros: RH Bud Norris (5-7, 3.35)

On Hernandez: Has lost his past three starts but pitched well in his last outing, allowing three runs in eight innings against the Blue Jays. Is 1-5 with a 5.93 ERA in seven road starts and is pitching on six days rest.

On Norris: Is winless in his past five starts, though he gave up just one run in seven innings of Friday's no-decision against the Angels. Is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. NORRIS

James Loney 7-for-14

Kelly Johnson 1-for-6

B. Zobrist 1-for-5, HR

astros vs. hernandez

Carlos Pena 2-for-12

Ronny Cedeno 0-for-2

Chris Carter 0-for-1

On deck

Thursday: at Astros, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (2-3, 4.40); Astros — Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.99)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 7-day, eligible June 23

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

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

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

Brother, brother

Luke Scott said he had a blast with his younger – but much bigger – brother, Noah, 30, on Monday, taping a live segment for MLB Network's Intentional Talk show. The two discussed hunting, gave each other wrestling nicknames (Luke "Savage" and Noah "Amish"). Noah showed off his bushy beard, and red hair that goes down to his torso, and Luke said his brother wasn't nervous. "He's fearless," Luke said. "I've seen him wrestle alligators in the wild … I've seen him grab snakes. He's a wild man."

Flashback of the day

1B James Loney, who grew up in the Houston suburbs, has fond childhood memories of Minute Maid Park, having been the winning pitcher in a region title game for Elkins High. Loney, who had a 1.80 ERA his senior year, said most big-league teams scouted him as a pitcher, just two (Dodgers and Pirates) as a hitter, and he has thrown a few bullpens the past few years. "You never know, I could be David Price," Loney said jokingly.

Number of the day

.364

James Loney's batting average against left-handers entering Tuesday, ranking second in the majors to the Royals' Alex Gordon (.365) for highest by a left-handed hitter.

Rays: Fun with Scott brothers; Loney's Houston memories 07/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:35pm]
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