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Rays: Myers says homer his longest in majors

Rays vs. Rangers

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.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.99)

RANGERS: RH Matt Garza (9-5, 3.79)

On Cobb: Got no-decision in Wednesday loss to Red Sox (5.2 IP, 3 ER). Is 2-1, 3.22 ERA in six starts since coming off DL after concussion. Is 0-0, 4.91 in two starts vs. Texas.

On Garza: Ex-Ray is 2-4, 5.16 over past eight starts. Is 3-4, 4.46 in 10 starts for Texas since being acquired from Cubs. Has never pitched vs. Rays; was 20-10, 3.21 at Trop.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. GARZA

David DeJesus 6-for-20

Matt Joyce 1-for-2

Luke Scott 4-for-16, 2 HRs

RANGERS VS. COBB

Elvis Andrus 2-for-3

Adrian Beltre 1-for-6

Ian Kinsler 1-for-6

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04); Rangers — RH Nick Tepesch (4-6, 4.84) or RH Alexi Ogando (6-4, 3.30)

AL wild card

Team W-L Pct. GB

Rays 81-67 .547

Rangers 81-67 .547—

Indians 81-68 .544 ½

Orioles 79-70 .530 2½

Yankees 79-71 .527 3

Royals 78-71 .523 3½

Going deep

Rookie OF Wil Myers took a pretty good look at it — and flashed a pretty big grin — so he knows what he's talking about in saying his Sunday homer into Target Field's second deck, estimated at 440 feet, was the longest of the 12 he has hit in the majors and second-longest in his career (behind a blast this year at Triple-A Durham). "I got it pretty good," Myers said. Manager Joe Maddon called it "the farthest home run I think I've seen all year" and said the measurement was arbitrary. "That's because it hit something," he said. "Otherwise, the laser would have measured it a lot farther than that."

Numbers of the day

27 Team-record consecutive scoreless innings Rays pitchers had worked until allowing two runs in the seventh Sunday

16 Times Rays have blown leads from the seventh inning on, leading to 13 losses

74 Innings in which the Rays have allowed four or more runs

Rays: Myers says homer his longest in majors 09/15/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 15, 2013 11:30pm]
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