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Rays: Wright preppie look, Maddon's Houston memory

Rays at Astros

When/where: 8:10 tonight; Minute Maid Park, Houston

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LH David Price (1-4, 5.24)

astros: LH Erik Bedard (3-3, 4.44)

On Price: Reigning AL Cy Young winner is coming off the disabled list, having been out since mid May with a left triceps strain. In two rehab starts for Class-A Charlotte he went 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA.

On Bedard: Has won two of his past three starts, allowing three runs over six innings in beating the Cardinals on Wednesday. Is 11-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 23 career appearances (22 starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. bedard

D. Jennings 2-for-4, HR

Jose Molina 1-for-11

Ben Zobrist 5-for-16

astros vs. price

Chris Carter 1-for-1

On deck

Wednesday: at Astros, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (4-9, 4.98); Astros — Bud Norris (5-7, 3.35)

Thursday: at Astros, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (2-3, 4.40); Astros — Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.99)

Rays disabled list

RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 7-day, eligible June 23

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Perfect preppie

The consensus winner of the Rays "Accidental Preppie" themed trip was veteran RHP Jamey Wright, 38, who stole the show with neon green shorts, white blazer and shades. Manager Joe Maddon said Wright has the "look and tallness" to pull it off, plus depth in wardrobe. "It's within his closet," Maddon said. Maddon also praised RHP Joel Peralta and C Jose Molina. "Overall, I think our Hispanic group really stepped up with preppie presentation."

Flashback of the day

Joe Maddon said his first managing interview with the Rays came in Houston in October 2005, in a conference room of the Westin hotel. Maddon met executive VP Andrew Friedman and president Matt Silverman, making a lasting impression that eventually led to the franchise's transformation. Silverman said Maddon wore "old-dated" glasses, not the "funky-retro" black-framed ones he'd make iconic with the Rays. Said Silverman: "He had a little makeover."

Number of the day

11-2

Odds the Rays will win the American League East, tied for worst with the Yankees, in the latest updates from Bovada

Rays: Wright preppie look, Maddon's Houston memory 07/01/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:20am]
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