Rays vs. Pirates
When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Tickets: $14-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Rays: LH David Price (5-7, 3.81)
PIRATES: RH Charlie Morton (4-8, 3.47)
On Price: Has struck out 10 or more in four straight games but is 1-3, 2.59 in that stretch. Leads majors with 133 Ks, though tied for AL lead in hits allowed. Has never faced Pirates.
On Morton: Longtime Pirate is 3-1, 3.96 over his past four starts with 28 strikeouts. Has struggled on the road; is 2-5, 4.62 in eight starts away from PNC Park. Has never faced Rays.
Rays VS. MORTON
Yunel Escobar 1-for-4
Ryan Hanigan 1-for-14
James Loney 2-for-2, HR
PIRATES VS. PRICE
Russell Martin 4-for-17
Gaby Sanchez 3-for-6
Travis Snider 0-for-7
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Pedal to the metal
Hillsborough High alumnus Aric Almirola, a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver who earned all-star status as a North Tampa Little Leaguer in a previous life, took about 50 swings in the batting cage Tuesday. "If the outfield would be about 270 (feet), I might've got a couple out of here," said Almirola, who wore a personalized Rays jersey with No. 43, his car number for Richard Petty Motorsports. "But 370 is a bit of a reach for me."
The Pirates series provided a rare in-season get-together for the Livesey brothers: Jeff, the Pirates' assistant hitting coach, and Steve, a Rays minor-league hitting coordinator who picked this series to lend a hand. "It's been a while," Steve said. Their father, longtime MLB exec Bill Livesey, was also at the Trop.
Numbers of the day
Rays games that have ended in a shutout (in which they're 9-11), tied with Cardinals (14-6) for most in the majors
Rays wins in next 21 games to get record to 50-50, a Joe Maddon goal