Rays: Name coincidence between Boxberger baby, Maddon restaurant

Published September 22 2014

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (9-8, 2.82)

RED SOX: RH Clay Buchholz (8-9, 5.29)

On Cobb: Lost to Yankees in last start, snapping streak of 12 starts allowing two or fewer runs. Leads majors with 1.51 ERA post All-Star break. Is 2-3, 3.80 in eight starts vs. Sox.

On Buchholz: Had streak of four solid starts — including Aug. 31 three-hit shutout of Rays — snapped Wednesday when Pirates scored five in his four innings. Is 8-5, 2.21 in 17 starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. BUCHHOLZ

David DeJesus 6-for-14

Evan Longoria 8-for-40, HR

Ben Zobrist 4-for-38

RED SOX VS. COBB

Yeonis Cespedes 2-for-16

Will Middlebrooks 2-for-14

David Ortiz 2-for-9

* Includes postseason

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (11-12, 3.98); Red Sox — RH Anthony Ranaudo (3-3, 5.29)

Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-4, 3.96); Red Sox — RH Allen Webster (4-3, 5.54)

Friday: at Indians, 7:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-8, 3.54); Indians — TBA

Saturday: at Indians, 6:05. Rays — RH Alex Colome (1-0, 1.65); Indians — TBA

Sunday: at Indians, 1:05. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (9-7, 2.75); Indians — TBA

End of season

Rays disabled list

• LHP Matt Moore, 60-day, left elbow surgery (April 22), out for season

• INF Jerry Sands, 60-day, left wrist surgery (July 22) out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Name game — Ava edition

RHP Brad Boxberger and wife Anna decided about nine months ago that if their first born was a girl, they would name her Ava Marie. But when the baby was born Thursday he knew there'd be some clubhouse chatter since manager Joe Maddon is opening a restaurant in Tampa with the same first name. "It was only going to be a matter of time," Boxberger laughed. "We had the name picked out before the restaurant came up." Plus, they are using a long "A" in A-va (Maddon's place, to open mid November, is pronounced Ah-va.)

Some things to play for …

Heading into the final six games, the Rays are involved in three interesting chases, and with the teams they are playing:

Hitters: Fewest runs in AL

1. Red Sox 593

2. Yankees 597

3. RAYS 598

4. Mariners 611

Pitchers: Most strikeouts in majors

1. Indians 1,391

2. RAYS 1,389

3. Dodgers 1,313

MLB record: 1,428 (2013 Tigers)

Fans: Lowest attendance in majors

1. Indians 1,323,848 (18,387 average, 72 dates)

2. RAYS 1,446,464 (17,858 average, 81 dates)

3. White Sox 1,533,392 (20,445 average, 75 dates)

4. Marlins 1,666,564 (21,366 average, 78 dates)

 
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