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Rays: Maddon's water woes; Loney talks to kids

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $24-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: DJ Kitty Plush hat to first 20,000 fans.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Erik Bedard (1-1, 4.5)

Indians: RH Zach McAllister (3-2, 3.18)

On Bedard: Coming off his best start, working into seventh inning and snapping a 15-start winless streak. In 13 starts against the Indians, is 2-3, 5.00 (highest ERA against any team) and winless since July 2006.

On McAllister: Coming off a solid outing against the Twins, 62/3 scoreless innings with a season-high eight strikeouts. Is 1-2, 2.86 in four starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. McAllister

Yunel Escobar 1-for-7

Evan Longoria 2-for-6

Ben Zobrist 2-for-11

Indians vs. Bedard

Asdrubal Cabrera4-for-11, HR

Ryan Raburn3-for-14, HR

Nick Swisher 4-for-20, 2 HRs

On deck

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40. Rays — Chris Archer (2-1, 4.84); Indians — Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.35)

Monday: at Mariners, 10:10. Rays — Cesar Ramos (1-1, 2.96); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (3-1, 2.73)

Tuesday: at Mariners, 10:10. Rays — David Price (3-3, 4.53); Mariners — Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 2.45)

Damian Cristodero, Marc Topkin, Times staff writers

Father knows best

When manager Joe Maddon woke up Friday morning, he was greeted by a flooded downstairs courtesy of an overflowing dishwasher. Maddon's biggest challenge wasn't cleaning up the mess — "mop, mop mop," he said — but figuring out how to shut off the still-running water. "I'm looking under the sink. I'm like, 'What do I do now?' said Maddon, who instantly thought of his late father, a plumber, watching the scene. "He's shaking his head: 'You idiot, just come watch me once when you were a kid.' "

School days

1B James Loney (left) on Friday spoke to a Safety Harbor Middle School class and answered questions via Skype.

Quote of the day

"It was the Immaculate Inning."

Rays RHP Alex Cobb on teammate Brad Boxberger's three strikeouts on nine pitches to get out of a bases-loaded jam against the Orioles on Thursday

Rays: Maddon's water woes; Loney talks to kids 05/09/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 9, 2014 11:36pm]
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