Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM (680-AM Spanish)
Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Promotions: Messenger bag with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.
Rays: LH David Price (8-8, 3.42)
Orioles: RH Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.12)
On Price: Hasn't won in four starts, one shy of career high, with a 4.13 ERA over that span. Had rough Aug. 19 outing vs. O's, allowing 10 hits in five innings. Is 7-2, 2.65 in 15 starts vs. O's.
On Hammel: Ex-Ray makes his second start, and third appearance, after a five-week DL stint due to a flexor strain. Since a May 27 win, is 0-6, 5.26 in 12 games. Is 1-2, 5.57 in four starts vs. Rays.
Rays vs. Hammel
Kelly Johnson 8-for-27, 2 HR
James Loney 12-for-36, 3 HR
Ben Zobrist 5-for-9, HR
Orioles vs. Price
Nick Markakis 11-for-42
Danny Valencia 9-for-12
Matt Wieters 12-for-35, HR
Saturday: vs. Orioles, 1:05, Ch. 13. Rays— RH Alex Cobb (9-3, 3.02); O's — TBA
A little off the top
Rookie OF Wil Myers' untamed head of wildly flowing hair had become a topic of conversation around the Rays clubhouse. And then made bigger news Thursday when he showed up with a good chunk missing, deciding when he woke up to get it cut — for the first time since reporting to spring training. "I just wanted to change some things up and get a haircut," he said. Circled by reporters and several cameras, Myers claimed he didn't think it was that big a deal but admitted he knew it would be. "I didn't even want to come in (to the clubhouse)," he joked.
And the first review
"He told me he paid $14 for it — and that's $14 too much."
LHP David Price, on Myers' haircut
Rays manager Joe Maddon will always have a special spot for Dan Johnson, who delivered two of their biggest-ever homers, in Boston in 2008 and in 2011's Game 162. "There should be a statue in the new ballpark," Maddon said. But this weekend, Johnson looks to work his magic against the Rays, as an Orioles bench player. That is if the Rays even pitch to him. "DJ is not afraid of the situation," Maddon said.