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Rays: Plantain recipes; camo trip; streaking

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $14-$210, at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (4-2, 3.09)

Red Sox: LH Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.40)

Alex the great: Cobb is coming off a historic and strange start in which he struck out a career-high 13 batters in just 4⅔ innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in four career starts against Boston.

Bounce back: Doubront has allowed a combined 12 runs and 23 hits over his past two outings (nine innings). He is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA in seven career appearances (four starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Doubront

Evan Longoria 2-for-6

Yunel Escobar 4-for-10

Ben Zobrist 3-for-12

Red Sox vs. COBB

Stephen Drew 2-for-5

Jacoby Ellsbury 2-for-7, HR

Dustin Pedroia 2-for-9

On deck

Friday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 5.25); Orioles — Jason Hammel (5-1, 4.93)

Saturday: at Orioles, 4:05, Ch. 13. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 4.43); Orioles — Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 0.00)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (7-0, 2.44 ); Orioles — Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.40)

Rays disabled list

• 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

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Plantain power

Hanging plantains around closer Fernando Rodney's locker wasn't enough, so now manager Joe Maddon wants to incorporate them into the clubhouse food service. And he wants the fans' help. Well, those who know how to cook them anyway. "We need some really good plantain recipes rolling in please," he said. "I really want to get more efficient and proficient in making plantains." To submit, email a recipe to raysplantains@gmail.com.

Stats of the day

6

Consecutive comeback wins by the Rays, through Tuesday, the first AL team to do so since the 2009 Yankees

26

Consecutive games in which the Rays led, through Tuesday, the first AL team to do so since the 2007 Tigers

Camo cover

The Rays will sport camo tonight for their flight to Baltimore, their latest themed road trip. For the hunters in the group, it's just a matter of which outfit to wear. "I have a different one for every day," bench coach Dave Martinez said. But it's different for others, such as OF Sam Fuld, who admitted he's "probably the least likely" of the Rays to dress that way. So he's going military style, borrowing an outfit from his brother-in-law, who served in the Navy, and, if he can get OF Sean Rodriguez to do it, sporting a military hair style. "Real deal," Fuld said.

Rays: Plantain recipes; camo trip; streaking 05/15/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:09am]
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