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Rays: Giants make second trip to Trop, Maddon gnome returns

Rays vs. Giants

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Joe Maddon gnome to first 10,000 fans

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (6-5, 3.57)

Giants: RH Tim Lincecum (5-11, 4.61)

On Price: Is 5-1 with 1.68 ERA in six starts since returning from DL. Coming off a seven-plus-inning outing to beat Boston on Monday. Has never faced Giants.

On Lincecum: Threw no-hitter July 13, allowed nine hits next start. Has had 10 or more strikeouts in three of his past four starts. Has never faced Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lincecum

Yunel Escobar 3-for-16, HR

Kelly Johnson 7-for-35

James Loney 8-for-44

Giants vs. Price

Jeff Francoeur 1-for-9

Hunter Pence 2-for-5, HR

Marco Scutaro 3-for-24

On deck

Sunday: vs. Giants, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (6-11, 4.71); Giants — Guillermo Moscoso (0-0, 6.75)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Diamondbacks, 9:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60); D'backs — Wade Miley (8-8, 3.68)

Rays disabled list

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

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 15-day, eligible July 14

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 60-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

Flashbacks of the day

This is just the Giants' second visit to the Trop, but it could have been their home if a 1992 deal to buy the team and relocate it to St. Petersburg hadn't been rejected by major-league owners. … In their 2004 visit, the Giants had Barry Bonds in their lineup, and the Rays had Jose Bautista — yes, that Jose Bautista — on their bench.

Return of the gnome

Manager Joe Maddon wasn't sure what to make of it when the Rays gave out a gnome in his likeness in April. Due to popular demand, they are doing it again tonight. "That the fans would want it the second time through is kind of mind-boggling," Maddon said. "It's gnome squared. I'm so humbled by the whole thing, I'm actually speechless."

Stat of the day

10-3

Rays' record in interleague play

Rays: Giants make second trip to Trop, Maddon gnome returns 08/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 10:58pm]
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