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Rays: Maddon's Fort De Soto stay not going well; AL wild card

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04)

RED SOX: RH Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.55)

On Hellickson: Pitching on seven days' rest since rejoining rotation Sept. 4 with a win in Anaheim after eight days off. Has 4.48 ERA at home, 5.58 on road. Is 4-2, 4.14 in 12 games vs. Sox, 1-0, 2.77 in two this season.

On Peavy: Is 3-1, 3.55 in seven starts since being acquired from White Sox, allowing two or fewer runs in five. Beat Rays April 26 in Chicago. Is 3-1, 4.99 in five starts overall against them.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. PEAVY

David DeJesus 3-for-21

James Loney 9-for-28, 2 HRs

Ben Zobrist 4-for-10, HR

RED SOX VS. HELLICKSON

Will Middlebrooks 1-for-12

Mike Napoli 2-for-11

David Ortiz 8-for-22, 2 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 5-for-28, HR

On deck

Friday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.14); Twins — RH Kevin Correia (9-11, 4.30)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rangers 81-64 .559—

Rays 78-66 .542

Yankees 78-68 .534 1

Indians 77-68 .531 1½

Orioles 77-68 .531 1½

Royals 77-69 .527 2

Bad experience

Manager Joe Maddon hasn't had much good fortune during his planned stay at Fort De Soto in his new RV. On Monday, he had to go back to his Tampa home because a transfer switch blew. Then when the RV was being fixed Wednesday, Maddon went for a bike ride on his way to an ESPN the Magazine photo shoot and he "fittingly" got a flat tire. Maddon had to call team VP Rick Vaughn, who called the photo crew, who picked Maddon up. "Just one of those days you have to fight your way through, and we did it," Maddon said.

Cleanup crew

Manager Joe Maddon dropped Evan Longoria from his preferred third spot in the batting order to fourth, noting the Rays score more when Longoria hits cleanup. The data backs him:

With Longoria third:

173 runs in 49 games

3.53 per game

With Longoria fourth:

402 runs in 86 games

4.67 per game

Rays: Maddon's Fort De Soto stay not going well; AL wild card 09/11/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 11:30pm]
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