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Rays: Recovering child throws out first pitch

Rays vs. Pirates

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $14-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (2-5, 3.48)

Pirates: RH Edinson Volquez (4-6, 4.67)

On Cobb: Hasn't allowed an earned run in four of his nine starts, including Wednesday's seven innings against Baltimore. His 1.82 runs of support would be the lowest figure in the majors, if he had enough innings to qualify. Has never faced the Pirates.

On Volquez: Followed a start of seven shutout innings by giving up eight runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Reds last week. Has a 5.08 ERA on the road. Is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. volquez

Jose Molina 3-for-6, 2 HRs

Yunel Escobar 3-for-13

James Loney 1-for-12

PIRATES VS. cobb

Gaby Sanchez 2-for-5

Ike Davis 1-for-12

Russell Martin 0-for-5

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Pirates, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-4, 3.14); Pirates — LH Jeff Locke (0-1, 3.76)

Wednesday: vs. Pirates, 12:10. Rays — LH David Price (5-7, 3.81); Pirates — RH Charlie Morton (4-8, 3.47)

Thursday: Off

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Special guest

Palm Harbor resident Ireland Nugent threw out the first pitch, with some help from her family. The 3-year-old was seriously injured in April 2013 in a lawn mower accident but has recovered well enough to use prosthetic legs.

Extra protection

RHP Alex Cobb is glad former teammate and current Padres LHP Alex Torres became the first pitcher to wear new protective headgear during a big-league game Saturday. Cobb is working with the company, isoBLOX, to refine a product for professionals after being hit in the head with a line drive last year. "A step in the right direction, again," Cobb said.

Stats of the day

5-2 The Rays' record this month against Houston.

3-11 The Rays' record against every other team this month.

Rays: Recovering child throws out first pitch 06/22/14 [Last modified: Sunday, June 22, 2014 9:35pm]
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