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Rays: Praise from Cardinals' Matheny; Curt Casali prepares for Trop

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $21-300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Don Zimmer Snow Globe as part of Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem, proceeds to Rays Baseball Foundation.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (10-7, 3.06)

Red sox: LH Jon Lester (10-7, 2.50)

On Price: Has a streak of 16 scoreless innings. Has worked eight-plus innings in eight of past 11 starts. Leads majors with 173 strikeouts. Is 10-6, 3.06 in 22 regular-season starts vs. Sox.

On Lester: On quite a roll heading toward potential free agency, allowing one earned run in past four starts, 5-1, 1.41 over his past nine. Is 13-9, 4.12 in 27 starts vs. Rays, 5-2, 4.27 at Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Lester

D. Jennings 9-for-30, HR

E. Longoria 15-for-60, 4 HR

Ben Zobrist 10-for-55, 2 HR

Red sox vs. price

Jonny Gomes 4-for-27

Mike Napoli 9-for-31, 2 HR

David Ortiz 11-for-44, 2 HR

Includes playoffs

On deck

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 2.08); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (11-6, 3.66)

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-5, 3.31); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72)

Monday: vs. Brewers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (6-8, 3.97); Brewers — RH Kyle Loshe (11-4, 3.07)

Tuesday: vs Brewers, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.76); Brewers — RH Matt Garza (7-7, 3.87)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, right knee

• OF David DeJesus, left hand

Ryan Hanigan, left oblique

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow*

• RHP Joel Peralta, illness

• INF Jerry Sands, left wrist*

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist

* Had surgery, out for season

Opposing view

"We saw this team in Tampa (Bay in mid June) and it looked like a completely different team than what we saw right now. They're playing with a lot of confidence."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, after being swept

Different view

Rookie C Curt Casali (left) has never played a game at the Trop, so he plans extra work this afternoon to get used to the roof and the backdrop. But he has the benefit of attending a development camp there, and watching two games from the stands — one as part of an official Rays minor-league outing, and the other when he was in the Tigers system and he and a buddy drove over from Lakeland to see fellow Vanderbilt product David Price pitch.

Missed view

RHP Alex Cobb was pretty sharp Wednesday night in striking out 10. But it turns out he got some help on one from home plate umpire Dan Bellino, who lost track of the count when Cardinals CF John Jay was batting in the seventh, resulting in Jay actually getting ball four from Cobb before strike three. "I don't know what happened," Jay said. "It was just a weird play, a weird situation."

Rays: Praise from Cardinals' Matheny; Curt Casali prepares for Trop 07/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:57pm]
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