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Rays: Rookie's debut causes hometown excitement

Proposal of the day

As U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff was preparing to throw out the first pitch, she was interrupted by her boyfriend — who ran from the outfield to the mound carrying a dozen roses, dropped to one knee and proposed. She said yes, then made her own pitch.

About Saturday night …

Some other interesting items from the Rays' 16-1 win over Yankees:

• It was the first time in the Rays' 2,608-game history that they had three players have at least four RBIs. The last AL team to do so was the 2012 A's, vs. Boston.

• The Rays became the first team since the 1988 Angels, per Elias, to post at least 10 runs and 16 hits in consecutive games against the Yankees.

• C Ryan Hanigan became the first No. 9 hitter in history to have at least six RBIs vs. the Yankees.

• RHP Chris Archer joined then-Angels RHP Ervin Santana as the only pitchers in the past 30 years to win their first four games vs. the Yankees. Going back 100 years, only two pitchers went 4-0 against the Yankees with a lower ERA than Archer's 1.26: Baltimore's Mike Cuellar was 4-0, 0.75 and Jim Palmer 4-0, 1.23 (though two wins were in relief).

Today: Off

Next game: vs. Twins, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers: Rays — LH David Price (2-1, 4.39); Twins — RH Kyle Gibson (3-0, 0.93)

On deck

Wednesday: Twins, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 5.63); Twins — RH Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 7.98)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Hey, we know him …

So what happens when you make your major-league debut against the Yankees team you grew up cheering for and all your buddies back in New York are watching? If you're Rays LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, you get bombarded with messages — 114 texts, some calls, a few voice mails — and your Twitter account blows up. Best was a video from JP Cunningham's bar in his hometown of Mahopac. "When I actually got in (Saturday's game) the whole bar just like erupted, so it was pretty cool," he said. "All my friends were out there watching the game all together. It was fun."

Quote of the day

"I don't know. Easter Sunday, something happened."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the dropoff in offense after scoring 27 runs the previous two games.

Stat of the day

25 Times Rays manager Joe Maddon has ordered an intentional walk with a runner on first; seven more than any other team since 2006.

Rays: Rookie's debut causes hometown excitement 04/20/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:14pm]
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