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Rays: Sean Rodriguez accomplishes pinch-hit rarity

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (1-1, 1.40)

Jays: LH Mark Buehrle (8-1, 2.16)

On Cobb: Made a triumphant return from the disabled list Thursday, throwing 62/3 scoreless innings in his first start since April 12. Is 2-1, 2.95 in three career starts against the Blue Jays.

On Buehrle: Has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, allowing two earned runs or fewer in nine of his 10 starts. Had some of his best starts against the Rays, including a perfect game in 2009 and career-high 11 strikeouts in 82/3 shutout innings April 2.

Key matchups

Rays VS. BUEHRLE

Desmond Jennings 6-for-15

Sean Rodriguez 6-for-22

Evan Longoria 9-for-28, HR

JAYS VS. COBB

Melky Cabrera 3-for-9

Edwin Encarnacion 2-for-7

Jose Bautista 1-for-4

On deck

Wednesday: at Jays, 7:07. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.11); Jays — RH Liam Hendriks (1-0, 1.59)

Quote of the day

"There was a whole lot of barking on. Nobody was going to bite."

RHP Alex Cobb on Sunday's benches-clearing incident, which included mostly shoving and yelling.

First in 46 .

INF Sean Rodriguez hit two-pinch hit, three-run homers in a four-game stretch. The last player to come off the bench and hit two three-run homers (or grand slams) in a span of four days was the Orioles' Curt Motton, who did it May 15-17, 1968, delivering two pinch-hit, three-run homers vs. Detroit and Cleveland.

Number of the day

13-for-24

Blue Jays hitters against Rays LHP Erik Bedard during Monday's game

Rays: Sean Rodriguez accomplishes pinch-hit rarity 05/26/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2014 11:52pm]
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