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Rays: New reliever Crain prepared to have fun

Not a hit

The Rays are confident in RHP Roberto Hernandez stepping into their four-man rotation as they begin August without LHP Matt Moore, who went on the disabled list Wednesday with elbow soreness. But heading into two interleague road series next week in which pitchers will hit, they're not so eager about Hernandez at the plate. Joked manager Joe Maddon: "The bad part about that is you get to see Roberto hit."

Number of the day

9,700 Discounted kids tickets ($2) sold for Wednesday night's game, resulting in an attendance of 25,095 at Tropicana Field.

Today: 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 David Price (6-5, 3.57); Giants — RH Tim Lincecum (5-11, 4.61)

Sunday: vs. Giants 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-11, 4.71); Giants — TBA

Rays disabled list

LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

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

RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 15-day, July 14

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 60-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

Advice of the day

RHP Jesse Crain, right, acquired from the White Sox on Monday, said he didn't really know any of his new Rays teammates until meeting them Wednesday at Tropicana Field. But Crain said White Sox INF Jeff Keppinger, an ex-Ray, said he was going to love the fun and laid-back atmosphere, and he received some quick advice upon his arrival. "Just that if I can't have fun here, then I'm not a very good guy," Crain quipped.

Third time's a charm

Rays ballboy R.J. Boggs received his 15 minutes of fame — and a spot on ESPN's top plays — Tuesday night after he made a nice catch in the bullpen of a hard-hit liner by OF Matt Joyce. Several Rays relievers gave him a standing ovation, and a hard time, since Boggs had missed two previous balls, one which hit RHP Brandon Gomes, LHP Cesar Ramos and RHP Fernando Rodney. "But he got the one that counted," Ramos said. "It was pretty cool."

Quote of the day

"You're always looking to make your group better, and if there's a way to make it better, (executive vice president Andrew Friedman) would have done that. But I'm very satisfied and happy with what we have here."

Manager Joe Maddon, on the Rays making no more deals by Wednesday's 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline.

Rays: New reliever Crain prepared to have fun 07/31/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:57am]
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