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Rays: Maddon's Rivera memories, rookies play dress-up

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight, Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 95.3-FM (680-AM Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 5.16)

Jays: RH R.A. Dickey (13-13, 4.27)

On Hellickson: Earned the victory for working final 21/3 innings of the Sept. 20 marathon game. Lasted only 22/3 in his last start, Sept. 17 against Texas. Has AL's highest road ERA, 5.58. Is 5-2 with 2.90 ERA in 11 starts against Jays.

On Dickey: Is 4-1 with 3.29 ERA in past six starts. Seeking solid finish to inconsistent season. Knuckleballer has been Rays nemesis, going 2-1 with 3.00 ERA in five starts this year, allowing .189 batting average; 3-3 with 4.12 ERA overall.

Key matchups

Rays VS. dickey

Evan Longoria 4-for-17, HR

Wil Myers 0-for-6

Ben Zobrist 2-for-19

jays VS. hellickson

Brett Lawrie 1-for-19

Adam Lind 7-for-22

Jose Reyes 3-for-10

On deck

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:05, Ch, 13. Rays — Chris Archer (9-7, 3.21); Jays — J.A. Happ (4-7, 4.85)

Sunday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (16-4, 3.23); Jays — Todd Redmond (4-2, 3.77)

End of regular season

Rays disabled list

RHP Alex Colome, elbow strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 28

OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 60-day, eligible Oct. 1

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Wil Myers as ... Bamm-Bamm?

Forget Nuke LaLoosh and Ricky Bobby. TBS playoffs analyst Ron Darling drew another comparison for Rays rookie OF Wil Myers on Thursday: Bamm-Bamm of Flintstones fame. "I watch him hit, no batting gloves, kind of old-school, he reminds (me) of, if Bamm-Bamm grew up, that's how he would hit," Darling said on a conference call. "He kind of just stands in there and dares you to throw it over the dish. He doesn't even follow through. He has this swing that just pounds it, and it just takes off."

Remember when

It was somewhat fitting for Rays manager Joe Maddon to be at Yankee Mariano Rivera's farewell performance in New York. That's because Maddon was there for Rivera's first save, as a coach for the Angels on May 18, 1996. "I've had my Forrest Gump moments," Maddon said. He also saw Rivera's major-league debut on May 23, 1995, in Anaheim — as a starter. "I knew he wasn't a good starter. Put him in the bullpen," Maddon joked.

Stat of the day

9, 9

Homers by Evan Longoria, homers by the Yankees team in the first 18 games this season

Different look

It was the annual rookie dress up after Thursday's game, and there was an eclectic assortment of Halloween style costumes on display. Pictured are top Rays rookies Wil Myers, left, and Chris Archer, along with some of the others.

Rays: Maddon's Rivera memories, rookies play dress-up 09/26/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 12:42am]
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