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Rays: Maddon soliciting inspirational quotes

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $14-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03)

RED SOX: LH Jon Lester (6-2, 3.60)

On Hernandez: Has been inconsistent, following season-best May 29 start in Miami by allowing season-high 10 hits Thursday in Detroit. Is 2-4, 3.63 in nine games vs. the Sox.

On Lester: Winless in four starts since beating Rays May 15, with a 5.68 ERA and 43 baserunners allowed in 251/3 innings. Is 11-8, 4.07 overall in 24 games vs. Rays.

The Friend-O-Rays connection

As manager of the Rays, Joe Maddon makes a lot of friends. And now he has a way to acknowledge them, as well as fans who provide the best inspirational quote of the day, unveiling the Friend-O-Rays T-shirt. To try to win a shirt, designed by Erik Ruiz, submit a quote via the @RaysJoeMaddon Twitter account (they got more than 500 Monday). Or help Maddon get a table at a good restaurant, or sing at the Trop, as Martina McBride got the first one Saturday.

The not-so-Friend-O-Rays connection

Monday was the Rays' first encounter with umpire Tom Hallion since the April 28 incident with David Price in Chicago. Price said Hallion cursed him, Hallion called a Price a liar, both were fined by MLB, along with two other Rays for their tweets about Hallion. Rays manager Joe Maddon typically sends the lineup card out with a coach or player but passed on what could have been good theater and gave it to Chris Archer.

Stat of the day

14

Consecutive games the Rays have faced right-handers.

Rays: Maddon soliciting inspirational quotes 06/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:05am]
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