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Rays: Maddon seeks inspiration

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 95.3 FM (680-AM Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (10-3, 2.90)

YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (9-5, 3.13)

On Cobb: Coming off back-to-back wins vs. Rangers and O's and an AL player of the week award. Is 4-1, 2.73 ERA since coming off DL following two-month concussion absence. Is 3-1, 2.34 in six starts vs. Yankees.

On Nova: Is 5-1, 2.85 over his past nine starts, working into the seventh inning seven times. Is 6-3, 2.89 in 12 games (11 starts) vs. Rays, allowing .232 average.

Key matchups

Rays VS. NOVA

Yunel Escobar 2-for-21

E. Longoria 7-for-25, 2 HRs

Jose Molina 3-for-21, HR

YANKEES VS. COBB

R. Cano 7-for-19, 3 HRs

Curtis Granderson 2-for-8

Ichiro Suzuki 3-for-14

On deck

Friday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson; Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (13-13, 4.27)

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:05, Ch. 13. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.21); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (4-7, 4.85)

Sunday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (16-4, 3.23); Jays — TBA

Devout quote of the day

"I saw St. Jude. I don't know how good he is with the hit and run. I think he was a pretty good defender, though."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on his inspiration-seeking visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on Wednesday morning

Historical context

LHP Matt Moore made history, albeit somewhat convoluted, on Tuesday: He became the first pitcher, going back to 1916 when records are first available, to walk six or more batters, throw three or more wild pitches and not allow a run in game that ended in a shutout. Texas' Roger Pavlik did his part in a May 1992 game, but his team later gave up two runs.

Tough company

LHP David Price is the fourth Cy Young Award winner to fail to get double-digit wins the next season if making at least 25 starts, per the Elias Sports Bureau. The list:

Pitcher, year W-L, ERA Starts

David Price, 2013 9-8, 3.39 26

Bret Saberhagen, 1986 7-12, 4.15 25

Randy Jones, 1977 6-12, 4.58 25

Jim Palmer, 1974 7-12, 3.27 26

Rays: Maddon seeks inspiration 09/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:22pm]

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