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Rays: Water safety; toy pony

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

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

Promotion: Weezer postgame concert

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (1-3, 3.19)

Mariners: LH Roenis Elias (4-4, 3.53)

On Cobb: Has allowed nine runs over his past 11 innings in losses at Miami and Toronto but hasn't given up a run over his past two home starts. Is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in five games against Seattle.

On Elias: Threw a three-hit shutout against Detroit in his last start. Third among rookies with 65 strikeouts (over 74 innings). Has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Elias

None have faced

Mariners vs. Cobb

Robinson Cano 7-for-21, 3 HRs

Dustin Ackley 4-for-12, HR

Justin Smoak 0-for-8

On deck

Sunday: vs. Mariners, 1:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.00); Mariners — RH Felix Hernandez (8-1, 2.57)

Monday: vs. Mariners, 1:10. Rays — LH David Price (4-5, 4.03); Mariners — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-6, 5.31); Cardinals — RH Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.31)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Water safety

The Rays' Ben Zobrist will team with Tampa Bay area YMCAs to promote their "Be Water Smart from the Start" water safety initiative. Florida has the country's highest rate of children younger than 5 who drown.

Giddyap

The Rays brought out a toy stick pony Thursday to ride in the dugout after scoring. "You can't come to the field every day being down," RF Kevin Kiermaier said. The unnamed horse was resting in OF David DeJesus' locker before the game, but he said he had no idea how it got there.

Number of the day

38

Innings in which the Rays have allowed at least three runs — including three times Thursday against the Marlins — most in the majors entering Friday

Rays: Water safety; toy pony 06/06/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 10:48pm]
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