Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

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, Tropicana Field box office, Tampa team store, Ticketmaster (outlets,, 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


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


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, 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


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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. State baseball: Bishop McLaughlin bows out of Class 3A semifinals


    FORT MYERS — One inning into Bishop McLaughlin's Class 3A state semifinal against Fort Myers Canterbury, things could not have gone much better for the Hurricanes. They grabbed a quick one-run lead and Canterbury ace Sam Keating was forced out of the game with a nagging neck injury.

     Chris Berglund (18) of Bishop McLaughlin, at bat during second inning of the FHSAA class 3A semi-final on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Canterbury, Fort Myers, defeated Bishop 7 to 4. Canterbury will play in the 3A championship tomorrow.
  2. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead


    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  3. Video preview: Rays open tough road trip facing Twins tonight


    After splitting a four-game series against the Angels to wrap up a winning homestand, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip with the first game of the weekend series with the Twins:

  4. For starters: Rays, Archer take on surprising Twins to open road trip


    UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it was a combination of wanting to keep Dickerson, who is a team-best . 358 against lefties, in the lineup and Santiago's splits. ... Cash said there was nothing new on the injured players back at the Trop, with Brad Boxberger still slated to throw live BP on Monday in Port Charlotte, …

  5. Hard to believe NFL overtime change is about player safety


    If someone's house was engulfed in flames, would you hand him a fire extinguisher?

    Of course not.

    Fans await the beginning of overtime between the Patriots and Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February. [Associated Press]