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Rays: Maddon doesn't have clubhouse ideas; Jerry Springer appearances

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50)

YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94)

On Archer: The righty is coming off his worst start in the majors, seven runs and 12 hits against the Orioles on Monday. He is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts against the Yankees.

On Nova: He is 6-4 with a 2.24 ERA over the past three seasons against the Rays. Nova got off to a slow start this season (nine earned runs over 9⅓ innings and two starts). But in his last start, he allowed two earned runs over 7⅓ against Boston.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Nova

Matt Joyce 4-for-28

Wil Myers 3-for-12

James Loney 6-for-10

Yankees vs. Archer

Jacoby Ellsbury 6-for-7

Ichiro Suzuki 1-for-10

Alfonso Soriano 1-for-6

On deck

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 7.50). Yankees — TBA

Mad, Mad-don world

Rays slumps usually get manager Joe Maddon's creative mind whirling as he tries to alleviate the pressure. Magicians, snakes, penguins — nothing is out of bounds. But so far, nothing has struck Maddon. "I'm not opposed. It's just I don't have anything right now," he said. "Nothing has popped. The organic point of that, I don't want to sit here and force myself to think about something. It's going to happen." Maddon was informed it is the year of the horse on the Chinese calendar. "You never know," he said. "A little pony … "

Jer-ry! Jer-ry!

Tabloid TV talk show host Jerry Springer threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday.

Jer-ry! Jer-ry!

TV talk-show host Jerry Springer (below right), talking with Rays principle owner Stuart Sternberg and manager Joe Maddon, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Rays: Maddon doesn't have clubhouse ideas; Jerry Springer appearances 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:24pm]

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