Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 1:40 today; 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: Matt Moore plate and cup, kids 14 and under
Rays: RH Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.06)
RED SOX: RH Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.77)
On Cobb: Struggled in last outing, throwing 92 pitches in four innings vs. Orioles. Still is 7-0, 2.14 over past 11 starts, allowed two or fewer runs in past nine. Is 2-2, 4.19 in seven starts vs. Red Sox.
On Buchholz: Winless in his past seven starts (and the Sox 1-6) with a 6.35 ERA, having allowed 45 hits and 21 walks in 451/3 innings. Is 7-5, 2.41 in 16 starts vs. Rays, last in September 2013.
Rays VS. BUCHHOLZ
Yunel Escobar 4-for-19, HR
Evan Longoria 8-for-37, HR
Ben Zobrist 4-for-38
RED SOX VS. COBB
Mike Napoli 4-for-12
David Ortiz 2-for-7
Dustin Pedroia 5-for-21
Monday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (9-10, 3.31); Red Sox — RH Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81)
Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.98); Blue Jays — TBA
Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-7, 3.46); Blue Jays — TBA
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Quote of the day
"We paid the electric bill, we can get things going."
Rays in-game host Rusty Kath, after a game-starting delay because some Trop lights where out.
Numbers of the day
36, 48 Errors by Rays infielders in 2013, and thus far in 2014
Definitions of the day
Rays manager Joe Maddon frequently punctuates his interviews with two odd words: Poom and whoof. And, not to suggest it was a slow day the other day, but he explained the difference: "Poom is positive — Yea, let's go! Whoof can be positive or negative."
AL wild-card race
Team W-L Pct. GB
A's* 78-56 .582—
Tigers 74-61 .548—
Mariners* 72-61 .541 1
Yankees 70-64 .522 31/2
Indians 70-64 .522 31/2
Blue Jays 68-67 .504 6
Rays 66-70 .485 81/2
* Late game not included