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Rays: Tiger tamer Cobb; honoring Tampa Spartans; Scherzer's stuff

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $15-$140, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-1, 11.25)

Orioles: RH Jason Hammel (7-3, 5.43)

On Archer: He had a rough season debut Saturday in Cleveland, allowing five runs on seven hits in just four innings. He made an extra-inning relief appearance against the Orioles on Sept. 13, picking up the loss after giving up one run in 3 2/3 innings.

On Hammel: The ex-Ray is coming off a rocky start against Detroit, ejected in the fourth inning of a 10-3 loss after allowing three straight homers and then hitting Matt Tuiasosopo in the head. He is 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in three career starts against Tampa Bay, including a victory on opening day.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Hammel

Kelly Johnson 8-for-24, 2 HR

James Loney 10-for-33, 3 HR

Yunel Escobar 3-for-19

Orioles VS. Archer

Manny Machado 1-for-1

Adam Jones 0-for-1

J.J. Hardy 0-for-2

On deck

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-2, 5.59); Orioles — Kevin Gausman (0-2, 7.20)

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (8-1, 2.95); Orioles — Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.97)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Did you know?

After RHP Alex Cobb's 7⅔ shutout innings against the Tigers on Wednesday, he lowered his ERA to 2.39, third lowest in the AL behind Boston's Clay Buchholz (1.62) and Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma (1.94). The 7⅔ innings by Cobb (right) marked the longest scoreless outing of any pitcher this season against the Tigers.

Quote of the day

"He had phenomenal stuff. I really only felt like I had one pitch to hit all day from him."

Matt Joyce, Rays RF, on Tigers RHP Max Scherzer, who allowed one run over seven innings

With honors

The University of Tampa baseball team, which recently won another NCAA Division II national title, will be the Rays' special guests before tonight's game and will help in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Rays: Tiger tamer Cobb; honoring Tampa Spartans; Scherzer's stuff 06/06/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 8:31pm]
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