Rays vs. Tigers
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Tickets: $14-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89)
TIGERS: RH Rick Porcello (13-7, 3.11)
On Odorizzi: Has allowed one or fewer runs in nine starts, tied with Seattle's Roenis Elias for rookie lead. Has never faced Detroit.
On Porcello: After a slow beginning, has won seven of his past eight starts. Has a 2.66 ERA on the road. Is 2-3, 3.96 in six starts against the Rays.
Guest reporter of the day
Among the questions LHP David Price got during his media session in the Tigers dugout was, "How do you plan to attack the Rays hitters?" The questioner? Rays OF Matt Joyce, who borrowed a TV mic for his cameo. After a good laugh, Price poked fun back saying, "I plan on hitting Matt Joyce in the ribs with a fastball, really setting the tone since he came out of the game in Texas after he got hit. I'm definitely not calling him soft, but …"
Apology of the day
Price was quick to apologize Tuesday for leaving three key people out of his "thank you" ad in the Times: bullpen catcher Scott Cursi, strength/conditioning coach Kevin Barr and video coordinator Chico Fernandez.
AL wild-card race
Team W-L Pct. GB
Athletics 73-51 .589—*
Tigers 67-56 .545—
Mariners 68-57 .544—
Yankees 63-60 .512 4
Team W-L Pct. GB
Indians 63-61 .508 4.5
Blue Jays 64-62 .508 4.5
Rays 61-64 .488 7
* Late game not included
Quote of the day
"When he gets to the Hall of Fame hopefully he goes in there as a Ray."
Manager Joe Maddon, on Price.