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Rays: Longoria gets a rockin' birthday gift

ALDS Game 4: Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 8:37 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: TBS; 620-AM, 95.3-FM

Tickets: Available via raysbaseball.com, Tropicana Field box office, Tampa team store, Ticketmaster (outlets, ticketmaster.com, toll-free 1-800-745-3000).

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 5.17)

RED SOX: RH Jake Peavy (4-1, 4.04)

On Hellickson: Inconsistent throughout season, going 2-2, 5.61 in first 11 games, 8-1, 3.17 in next 10, 2-7, 7.15 in last 11 (with a relief win). Is 4-2, 4.21 in 13 games vs. Boston.

On Peavy: Is 4-1, 4.04 in 10 starts since being acquired from White Sox; one win, 5.40 ERA in last four starts. Is 3-1, 4.91 in six games vs. Rays, 2-0, 3.93 at Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. PEAVY

David DeJesus 3-for-22

J. Loney 10-for-31, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 3-for-15, HR

RED SOX VS. HELLICKSON

Jacoby Ellsbury 6-for-23

David Ortiz 9-for-24, 3 HRs

Saltalamacchia 8-for-25, 3 HRs

Not just good ownership

Manager Joe Maddon raves frequently about the support the team gets from principal owner Stuart Sternberg and Co. Maddon experienced it first hand Sunday night when partners Randy Frankel and Tim Mullen invited him out. "No organization does well without great ownership," Maddon said. "And we have great ownership. Actually went out to dinner with two of them last night and they picked up the bill — that's even better ownership."

Birthday licks

What do you get someone who probably has pretty much everything, and a $100 million plus contract to get whatever else they want, for their birthday? If you're Jaime Edmondson, you get 3B Evan Longoria a guitar signed by Slash, of Guns N' Roses fame. "That was awesome," Longoria said. "She did a good job."

Stat of the day

5-8

Rays home record in postseason games

Rays: Longoria gets a rockin' birthday gift 10/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 11:19pm]
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