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Rays: JFK history for Maddon; players return to youth days

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays cooler as part of Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem; sold out.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.41)

yankees: RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 2.21)

On Cobb: Was in line to win sixth straight decision Sunday before bullpen blew save. He allowed one run in six innings, his sixth straight with two or less. Is 4-1, 2.01 in seven starts vs. Yankees.

On McCarthy: After winning only one of first 16 starts, has gone 6-1, 2.19 over past eight, six with Yankees after trade from Arizona. Is 4-2, 2.93 overall vs. Rays but 4-0, 1.52 in his past seven.

Key matchups

Rays VS. mccarthy

D. Jennings 1-for-11, HR

Evan Longoria 2-for-12

Ben Zobrist 3-for-16, HR

YANKEES VS. COBB

Jacoby Ellsbury 3-for-13, HR

Derek Jeter 1-for-9

Ichiro Suzuki 3-for-17

On deck

Saturday: Yankees, 4:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.73); Yankees — RH Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89)

Sunday: Yankees, 1:40. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.03); Yankees — LH Hiroki Kuroda (7-8, 4.03)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.24); Tigers — TBA

Wednesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89); Tigers — TBA

Thursday: Tigers, 1:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.24); Tigers — TBA

More JFK history for Maddon

Rays manager Joe Maddon, a JFK (left) conspiracy theorist who visited the assassination site in Dallas on Tuesday, was excited to talk for nearly 45 minutes pregame Thursday with Buell Frazier, the man who drove Lee Harvey Oswald (right) to work on the day of the shooting, Nov. 22, 1963, and was initially suspected of being an accomplice.

'American Legion' weekend

Manager Joe Maddon has dubbed this "American Legion" weekend, in which Rays players will be free to show up close to game time and play with minimal pregame work, as they did when they played on Legion and other youth teams. The Rays will hang a flag from St. Petersburg's Post 14 in the clubhouse. Plus, the Rays are picking up the "beer and bar sausages" tab for Legion members at the hall tonight.

Stat of the day

78

Strikeouts by Rays pitchers over previous six games, tying the major-league record set by the 2013 Tigers

Rays: JFK history for Maddon; players return to youth days 08/14/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:45pm]

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