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Rays: Trick shot Matt Joyce; help from the pope

Rays vs. Astros

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $18-275, available at Trop box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Promotion: Turn Back the Clock Night with a postgame concert by the O'Jays.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.73)

Astros: RH Jake Buchanan (0-0, 0.00)

On Odorizzi: Coming off two solid starts in which he gave up three runs over 12⅔ innings. Has a 3.16 ERA at the Trop but hasn't won in his seven starts there since April 4. Has never faced Houston or any of its players.

On Buchanan: Was called up late Friday night to make his major-league debut and replace RH Brad Peacock. Was 6-4 with a 3.64 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Eighth-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2010.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:40. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.33); Astros — LH Dallas Keuchel (8-4, 2.63)

Monday: vs. Pirates, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (2-5, 3.48); Pirates — RH Edinson Volquez (4-6, 4.67)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, eligible to return May 29 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible to return April 14 (targeting June 27)

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow surgery, eligible to return April 22 (out for the season)

• OF Wil Myers, right wrist stress fracture, eligible to return June 15 (targeting early August)

• OF David DeJesus, left hand fracture, eligible to return July 4 (targeting mid July)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Trick shot

OF Matt Joyce (right) had a one-in-a-million hit during a pregame drill Thursday. He sent a smaller, 3.5-ounce baseball off the top of the batting cage — and into the pitching machine, which shot it back toward the plate as Joyce avoided being hit. "What are the chances of that actually happening?" Joyce said. "It's one of those unbelievable circumstances you never really might ever see again." See it for yourself on The Heater at tampabay.com/blogs/rays.

Quote of the day

"We're going to need a special audience with the new pope in order to cleanse our souls and be able to move on."

Joe Maddon, manager, on the Rays' mortal sin of wasting strong starting pitching

Numbers of the day

188 Strikeouts by Rays pitchers in June, most in the majors.

3.02 Run support per nine innings for Rays pitchers this month entering Friday, third worst in the majors.

Rays: Trick shot Matt Joyce; help from the pope 06/20/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 11:35pm]
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