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Rays: PETA protesting rays touch tank

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field

Radio: 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Promotion: Cheer sticks to kids 14 and under

Tickets: $10-$190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (12-3, 3.42)

TWINS: RH Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 5.63)

On Moore: June struggles seem behind with a 4-0 mark and 1.40 ERA since and a 17 1/3-inning scoreless streak. Had no-decision in April 2012 against the Twins.

On Pelfrey: The 6-foot-7 former Met beat Toronto July 6, his first start since coming off the DL with a back strain. Has allowed four or more earned runs in seven of 15 starts. Had a no-decision in 2009 start against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. PELFREY

Yunel Escobar 5-for-18

Kelly Johnson 7-for-28, HR

James Loney 1-for-10

TWINS VS. MOORE

Ryan Doumit 0-for-3

Joe Mauer 2-for-2

Chris Parmelee 1-for-3

On deck

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (3-4, 4.18); Astros — TBA

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (4-10, 4.93); Astros — TBA

Call him Disco Joe

Manager Joe Maddon did his best John Travolta/Saturday Night Fever impersonation in taping a video bit for Saturday's Disco Night event featuring KC and the Sunshine Band. "I just had to walk … and I can do that," Maddon said. "I was wearing my desert boots and my Star Trek shirt. Desert boots were big in the '70s — Johnny Fluevog's."

Stat of the day

35

Combined strikeouts by both teams, a record for a Rays game

PETA problem

As if watching Tigers star Miguel Cabrera's home run splash into the touch tank June 30 weren't bad enough, now the Rays have PETA demanding the popular Trop attraction be closed and the cownose rays returned to their natural habitat. The animal rights group sent a letter to team VP John Higgins complaining that the rays are subject to harassment and danger, PETA official Delcianna Winders saying, "When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000." Of 1,276 home runs hit at the Trop since the tank was installed in 2006, two have gone into the tank. Team officials had no comment.

Rays: PETA protesting rays touch tank 07/10/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:08am]
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