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Rays: Maddon plans to spend spring in RV

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62)

RED SOX: RH John Lackey (7-6, 2.78)

On Hellickson: Has been on quite a roll, 7-1, 3.35 over his past nine starts with 47 strikeouts and only 10 walks. Rays have won 11 of his past 13 starts. Is 4-2, 4.14 in 12 games vs. Sox; 3-0, 4.23 at Fenway.

On Lackey: Stirred Rays by yelling at their dugout and hitting Matt Joyce in a June 11 no-decision. Is 12-7, 4.39 in 21 starts vs. Rays. Overall has won four of his past seven starts, with a 2.74 ERA.

Key matchups

Rays VS. LACKEY

Yunel Escobar 8-for-15

Matt Joyce 6-for-18, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 10-for-31, 2 HRs

SOX VS. HELLICKSON

David Ortiz 8-for-22, 2 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 5-for-28, HR

J. Saltalamacchia

7-for-23, 2 HRs

On deck

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-3, 2.76); Yankees — LH CC Sabathia (9-8, 4.37)

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.17); Yankees — RH Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.66)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sport. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (5-11, 4.92); Yankees — RH Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.33)

Monday: Off

Rays disabled list

RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Chico challenge

Enthralled with the RV lifestyle after his All-Star break adventure, manager Joe Maddon is planning, after trading up to a 40-foot diesel version, to live in it during spring training. Video coordinator Chris "Chico" Fernandez, who serves as the spring concierge, doubts Maddon will stick it out. "This is a tremendous challenge," Maddon said. "It's going to be so easy to do it. … Once you see this thing, you're going to know it's okay."

The next best thing …

1B James Loney said it was tough to leave then 2-day-old son Jordan James to rejoin the team Sunday, but he has been helped by modern technology: the video capabilities of his iPhone. "I've been Face-timing a lot," Loney said. "I love it. It's great. He was smiling a lot today — he's experiencing life."

Stats of the day

22-1

Rays record in past 23 games started by David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and Chris Archer

73.3

Percentage of strikes thrown by Price in 5 post-DL starts (330 of 450)

Rays: Maddon plans to spend spring in RV 07/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:17am]
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