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Rays: Longoria wants to be Brad Pitt

Rays vs. Rangers

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $14-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.94)

RANGERS:

LH Joe Saunders (11-16, 5.26)

On Odorizzi: The rookie won the fifth starter's spot in spring, partly due to how he pitched late last season (1.04 ERA in last four appearances), plus his new split-changeup. Still looking for his first MLB victory (0-2, 4.14 in nine games, six starts).

On Saunders: On his fourth team in his past three seasons, he signed three weeks into spring training and won the job despite a 9.72 ERA in three outings. Is 0-3, 8.40 in three starts vs. Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. SAUNDERS

E. Longoria 2-for-8, 2 HRs

Y. Escobar 5-for-12

J. Loney 8-for-29, 2 HRs

Rangers vs. Odorizzi

S. Choo 2-for-4

On deck

Saturday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (1-0, 2.45); Rangers — RH Nick Martinez (MLB debut)

Sunday: vs. Rangers, 1:40. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (0-1, 7.20); Rangers — RH Yu Darvish (13-9, 2.83)

Monday: at Royals, 8:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-1, 3.18); Royals — LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.29)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

Line of the day

3B Evan Longoria had some fun responses to questions on MLB Network's Intentional Talk show Thursday. From what celebrity he would trade spots with for a day ("Brad Pitt, no doubt"), to the smelliest Ray after a game (C Ryan Hanigan). But the best shot came on what teammate he didn't want to sit next to on a cross-country flight. "Probably Wil Myers," he said. "Just 'cause I don't know if he's going to get on my level."

Anniversary of the day

Eight years ago Thursday, Joe Maddon managed the Rays for the first time, in the 2006 opener in Baltimore. Maddon didn't remember much from that game, a 9-6 loss, but will never forget his first win three days later, with LHP Mark Hendrickson signing a ball he still has. Hard to believe it's been that long. "It's pretty amazing," he said.

Numbers of the day

31,042 Rays attendance on opening day.

31,492 Attendance the past three games combined.

9,571 Attendance Thursday.

9,483 Triple-A Durham's attendance in Thursday's opener.

Rays: Longoria wants to be Brad Pitt 04/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 12:13am]

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