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Rays: Maddon speculates on what's motivating run

Rays vs. Brewers

When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (11-7, 3.08)

BREWERS: RH Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.57)

On Price: Has won a career-high six consecutive starts, tied for the most in club history. Is 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA over his past 11 starts. Had 10 strikeouts in eight innings in his only other game against Milwaukee, in June 2011.

On Gallardo: Took a no-decision in his last start despite throwing 72/3 shutout innings against the Mets. Brewers have blown saves in four of his past eight outings and have lost his past six starts. Has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GALLARDO

Yunel Escobar 1-for-7

James Loney 4-for-14

Logan Forsythe 0-for-4

BREWERS VS. PRICE

Ryan Braun 1-for-3

M. Reynolds 7-for-29, 3 HRs

Carlos Gomez 0-for-5

On deck

Thursday: Off, trading deadline

Friday: vs. Angels, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 1.00); Angels — RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-2, 4.47)

Saturday: vs. Angels, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-6, 3.37); Angels — TBA

Sunday: vs. Angels, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (7-8, 3.80); Angels — RH Jered Weaver (5-2, 3.39)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"Maybe the motivation's been the fact that the guillotine may fall. Who knows?"

Manager Joe Maddon on the team's recent surge ahead of Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline

Reading with the Rays

RHP Chris Archer met with children from the Childs Park YMCA on Tuesday to discuss the importance of reading. It was the second year he's done so, and the appearance was part of the club's Reading with the Rays initiative.

Numbers of the day

1.42

Rays' ERA during their 11-1 stretch

0.67

Bullpen ERA in that stretch after Grant Balfour's 1-2-3 ninth

123

Strikeouts by Rays pitchers in that span

Rays: Maddon speculates on what's motivating run 07/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:58pm]
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