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Rays: Molina improvises after mask breaks

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.08)

Orioles: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 7.20)

Still waiting: Hernandez, a free-agent signee from Cleveland, hasn't pitched well at Camden Yards (1-3, 8.46 in four starts) or against the O's overall (4-5, 5.49). He lost to them April 4 at Tropicana Field, though he worked into the seventh.

No Jaking: Arrieta has struggled against the Rays, going 0-2, 11.57 last year and 2-3, 5.88 overall. His last start was cut short at five innings due to rain. Walks tend to be an issue for him.

Key matchups

Rays VS. ARRIETA

Yunel Escobar 7-for-16, HR

Matt Joyce 5-for-12, HR

Evan Longoria 3-for-13, HR

ORIOLES VS. HERNANDEZ

Chris Davis 5-for-13, HR

J.J. Hardy 3-for-12

Nick Markakis 5-for-25, HR

On deck

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (2-0, 0.00); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (0-0, 7.00)

Thursday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (0-1, 5.82); Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 2.92)

Friday: vs. A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (1-1, 1.93); A's — LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 4.34)

Rays disabled list

RHP Jeff Niemann, sore shoulder, 15-day, eligible April 13

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, eligible May 30

DH Luke Scott, calf strain, 15-day, eligible April 8.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

That re-masked man

Monday's game was delayed briefly in the ninth — though with no impact on the ensuing winning hit, all involved said — when C Jose Molina was hit by a foul tip. He was okay, but his mask was broken. He wears the hockey-style mask, and before equipment manager Chris Westmoreland could get back to the clubhouse to get the spare, Molina grabbed Jose Lobaton's wire mask and 3B coach Tom Foley's helmet, and made do. Foley then donned Molina's mask in the dugout.

Jackie Robinson Day tribute of the day

"Today we are all honored to wear the number #42!! Thank you Jackie Robinson!! I want to pitch on this day at some point"

David Price, on Twitter

Stat of the day

5 Consecutive games in which the Rays have scored two or fewer runs, their longest such streak since 2009.

Meet the Rays: Ben Zobrist

IF/OF Ben Zobrist is the only current Ray to have worn the team's green uniforms. Does he think about how far he and the team have come? As he plays so many positions, does he ever forget where to go on the field? See video of Zobrist answering these questions and more at tampabay.com/meettherays.

Rays: Molina improvises after mask breaks 04/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 8:54pm]
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