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Rays: No rooting for Rodney

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays beach towel as part of Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Erik Bedard (2-4, 4.08)

Mariners: RH Chris Young (5-2, 3.27)

On Bedard: Struggled in past two outings after a 2-1, 0.96 run over five starts, going 0-2, 10.38, though with shaky defense contributing. Is 1-4, 4.02 in eight games vs. Mariners.

On Young: Is 2-0, 2.19 in past two outings and five wins in seven. Is 1-1, 9.00 vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Young

Yunel Escobar 2-for-3

Matt Joyce 3-for-3

James Loney 6-for-20

Mariners vs. Bedard

Willie Bloomquist 2-for-13

John Buck 4-for-7

Robinson Cano 5-for-19 HR

Flashback of the day

Manager Joe Maddon liked nothing more during the previous two seasons than to see Fernando Rodney shoot his imaginary arrow after saving a game. But Rodney is wearing Mariners colors now and has an AL-high 16 saves (among 18 chances, blowing one against the Rays in Seattle). "I'm hoping not to see the arrow," Maddon said. "For as much as I appreciated it, I don't want to see it this time."

Quote of the day

"It's a funny game, man. It's something that'll drive you nuts, make you pull your hair out at night if you think about it too much."

Matt Joyce, Rays outfielder

Numbers of the day

34

Consecutive hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position before Jerry Sands' pinch-hit single in the sixth.

4

Consecutive series in which the Rays have been swept.

Rays: No rooting for Rodney 06/05/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 12:21am]
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