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Rays: Maddon relishes Springsteen's early oeuvre

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01)

ORIOLES: LH Wei-Yin Chen (13-4, 3.76)

On Cobb: Coming off stellar in win over Tigers and David Price. Is 7-0, 1.99 over past 10 starts, has allowed two or fewer runs in past eight. Is 4-1, 1.89 in six starts vs. O's.

On Chen: Has been solid over past two months, going 6-2, 2.98 in eight starts, with 44 strikeouts vs. nine walks. Is 3-4, 3.51 in 11 career starts vs. Rays; 1-1, 4.96 in three this season.

Key matchups

Rays VS. CHEN

Evan Longoria 4-for-18

Sean Rodriguez 3-for-19, HR

Ben Zobrist 11-for-30, HR

ORIOLES VS. COBB

Nelson Cruz 2-for-12

Adam Jones 2-for-12

Nick Markakis 4-for-13

On deck

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (8-10, 3.44); Orioles — RH Kevin Gausman (7-5, 3.81)

Thursday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.61); Orioles — RH Bud Norris (11-8, 3.91)

Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.09); Red Sox — TBA

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-11, 4.23); Red Sox — TBA

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01); Red Sox — TBA

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (8-10, 3.42); Red Sox — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Growin' up with Springsteen

Rays manager Joe Maddon is a major Bruce Springsteen fan, but he wasn't caught up in the buzz over Monday's 39th anniversary of the release of the Born to Run album as his allegiance goes two years further back. "Everybody talks about Born to Run, but for me, he had me with Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle," Maddon said. "I always look at a real artist's earliest work as being his heart and soul. Whether it's an author, writer, artist, musician, I want to see what they did in the beginning because that really speaks to the pain that they got getting there."

Quote of the day

"My two-strike approach is not getting to two-strikes."

OF Wil Myers, discussing how to avoid piling up more strikeouts.

Number of the day

8 Most homers allowed by Rays in a game (Aug. 7, 2010, at Toronto)

AL wild-card race

Team W-L Pct. GB

A's 77-53 .592—

Mariners* 71-58 .550—

Tigers 70-59 .543 1

Yankees 68-61 .527 3

Indians 66-63 .512 5

Blue Jays 66-65 .504 6

Rays 64-67 .489 8

* Late game not included

Rays: Maddon relishes Springsteen's early oeuvre 08/25/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:47pm]
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