Rays vs. Blue Jays
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $10-$190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, Tampa team store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
RAYS: LH David Price (1-3, 6.25)
JAYS: RH R.A. Dickey (2-5, 5.36)
Price's troubles: The Rays have won one of Price's seven starts. He has made it through seven innings twice. He is 12-2, 2.29 in 15 starts vs. the Jays, his best numbers vs. any team.
Dickey's troubles: The Jays have won only two of Dickey's seven starts, and he has made it through seven innings once. He is 1-2, 5.60 in seven games vs. the Rays, with a one-hitter last year.
RAYS VS. DICKEY
Matt Joyce 1-for-7, HR
James Loney 2-for-9
Sean Rodriguez 1-for-7
JAYS VS. PRICE
Jose Bautista 11-for-31, 4 HRs
Melky Cabrera 4-for-9
E. Encarnacion 6-for-27, 2 HRs
Friday: vs. Padres, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.79); Padres — RH Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.50)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Novel idea of the day
Pitcher Matt Moore — according to pitcher David Price, anyway — has an interesting idea about protecting pitchers from balls hit at them. "What Moore (right) was talking about the other day on the bench is they have a sensor in the ball," Price said. "And if it comes close to another sensor in the pitcher's hat, the ball just blows up. That was Matt's great idea. I kind of like it."
Not only is tonight just the third matchup of reigning Cy Young Award winners, this year is just the fourth time the previous year's recipients have combined for only three (or fewer) wins by this date:
2013: Rays' David Price 1; Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey 2
2006: Angels' Bartolo Colon 0 (DL); Cardinals' Chris Carpenter 3
1974: Orioles' Jim Palmer 2; Mets' Tom Seaver 1
1972: A's Vida Blue 0 (DL); Cubs' Ferguson Jenkins 3
Stats of the day
Wins for Joe Maddon as Rays manager
Consecutive games to start a season with starters going at least five innings