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Rays: Myers letting his hair down

Rays vs. D'backs

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, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (5-11, 4.92)

D'BACKS: RH Ian Kennedy (3-7, 5.22)

On Hernandez: Making what could be his last start pending possible shift to four-man rotation, return of Alex Cobb. Has allowed three runs in each of past five starts but won only one. Hasn't faced D'backs.

On Kennedy: Is winless in past nine starts, going 0-4, 5.86, allowing 86 baserunners in 502/3 innings. Former Yankees first-round pick won 21 games in 2011. Is 1-3, 6.66 vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. KENNEDY

James Loney 6-for-13, HR

Evan Longoria 1-for-6

Luke Scott 0-for-5

D'BACKS VS. HERNANDEZ

Aaron Hill 4-for-17

Jason Kubel 14-for-38, 3 HRs

Cliff Pennington 6-for-20

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-3, 4.48); D'backs — LH Wade Miley (7-8, 3.86)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Giants, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-3, 2.39); Giants — LH Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.76)

Saturday: vs. Giants, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.41); Giants — RH Tim Lincecum (5-11, 4.61)

Rays disabled list

RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

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

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Hairy details

In what is no surprise to anyone who sees him without his cap, OF Wil Myers confirmed that he has neither cut — nor combed — his hair since the start of the season. "I could have told you that," bench coach Dave Martinez said. Manager Joe Maddon suggested, "It's got the look of being combed with the leg of a chair" or a bat. "Equally efficient," he said.

Help wanted … well-connected boss

Tampa's soon-to-be opened Ducky's Sports Lounge is ready to start hiring. To help land a quality staff, there is an incentive: tickets to a Rays game courtesy of one of the co-owners, 3B Evan Longoria. "A good wait staff is usually the backbone of the restaurant," Longoria said. See duckystampa.com to apply.

Stat of the day

1.88

Rays LHP David Price's career ERA at Fenway Park.

Fact of the day

Jesse Crain is the first previous All-Star acquired in trade by the Rays since Tino Martinez in November 2003.

Rays: Myers letting his hair down 07/29/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 29, 2013 10:35pm]
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