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Rays: Pressure on Zobrist when wife sings national anthem

ALDS Game 3: Rays vs Red Sox

When/where: 6:07 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: TBS; 620-AM, 95.3-FM

Tickets: Scattered singles available. Tickets for Game 4 remain via raysbaseball.com, Tropicana Field box office, Tampa team store, Ticketmaster (outlets, ticketmaster.com, toll-free 1-800-745-3000), other outlets.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (11-3, 2.86)

RED SOX: RH Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74)

On Cobb: Worked six-plus solid shutout innings Wednesday in AL wild-card win over Indians, though allowed eight hits. Is 7-0, 2.81 ERA in 13 home starts. Is 2-2, 4.19 in seven starts vs. Red Sox. Made four starts this year; Rays are 0-4.

On Buchholz: Makes first postseason appearance since 2009. Returned from three-month stint on DL (neck strain) to beat Rays on Sept. 10. His 2.26 ERA at Tropicana Field (nine starts) is best among active starters. Is 7-5, 2.41 in 16 starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. BUCHHOLZ

David DeJesus 4-for-11

Yunel Escobar 3-for-16, HR

Desmond Jennings 4-for-17

Kelly Johnson 1-for-10

Matt Joyce 6-for-22

James Loney 1-for-6

Evan Longoria 7-for-34

Jose Molina 7-for-22

Sean Rodriguez 3-for-10

Delmon Young 1-for-9

Ben Zobrist 4-for-36

RED SOX VS. COBB

Stephen Drew 3-for-12

Jacoby Ellsbury 3-for-13, HR

Jonny Gomes 4-for-20

Will Middlebrooks 2-for-9

Mike Napoli 3-for-9

Daniel Nava 4-for-14

David Ortiz 1-for-6

Dustin Pedroia 5-for-18

J. Saltalamacchia 2-for-10

Shane Victorino 4-for-11

Today's schedule

2 p.m. — Trop parking lots open

3 p.m. — Stadium gates open

3:20-4:20 p.m. — Rays batting practice

4:20-5:10 p.m. — Red Sox batting practice

5:46 p.m. — Red Sox introductions

5:50 p.m. — Rays introductions

5:56 p.m. — National anthem, Julianna Zobrist

6 p.m. — Ceremonial first pitch, Dick Crippen

6:07 p.m. — Official first pitch, Alex Cobb

On deck

Tuesday: ALDS Game 4 at Tropicana Field, if necessary, 8:37 p.m. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 5.17); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (4-1, 4.04)

Wednesday: Workout day, Fenway Park, if necessary

Thursday: ALDS Game 5 at Boston, if necessary, 5:37 p.m. (Moves to 8:07 p.m. if A's-Tigers series is over). Rays — LH David Price; Red Sox — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Colome, elbow strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 28

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 60-day, eligible Oct. 1

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out for season.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Starring role

Julianna Zobrist will be in the spotlight tonight, singing the national anthem. But the real pressure might be on husband Ben, the Rays' second baseman. The last time Julianna — whose third CD of Christian alternative music is in the works — sang at the Trop, Sept. 7, 2012, Ben hit a walkoff home run. "I'm so excited," she said.

Birthday boys

RHP Alex Cobb takes the mound tonight on his birthday. He was born 26 years ago in Boston. Cobb, per baseball-reference.com, is the 13th pitcher to make a postseason start on his birthday, the first since Kyle Lohse in 2003 (for the Twins in a loss to the Yankees). The one before that was current Red Sox John Lackey, in Game 4 of the 2002 World Series for the Angels, with Joe Maddon as his bench coach. The birthday boys' teams are 7-5, though only three of the starters got wins. … Today is 3B Evan Longoria's 28th birthday.

Number of the day

19

Runs allowed by the Rays in Games 1 and 2 of this series, their most in consecutive playoff games.

Quote of the day

"I'm definitely not done playing baseball this year."

Rays 3B Evan Longoria, on hoping the Rays can extend their season

Rays: Pressure on Zobrist when wife sings national anthem 10/06/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 6, 2013 11:10pm]
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