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Rays: Maddon defines a couple of favorite words

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

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

(Includes playoffs)

On deck

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

Rays: Maddon defines a couple of favorite words 08/30/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:34pm]
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