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Rays: Zobrist in rare company with two-HR game

Double trouble

Ben Zobrist became the third Ray player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game, going deep off LH Tony Cingrani and RH Nick Christiani. The others:

Willy Aybar

8/3/09 vs. Royals

RH Zack Greinke, LH Ron Mahay

Geoff Blum

5/4/04 at Rangers

RH Chan-Ho Park, LH Erasmo Ramirez

A (ninth) place in history

Sean Rodriguez took some teasing about batting ninth, behind starting pitcher Cesar Ramos. But at least he made some history in the process. Per Rays stats whiz Craig Vanderkam, Rodriguez became the first first baseman to bat ninth in a National League stadium in almost 90 years, since Wally Kimmick did for the Phillies vs. Brooklyn, on May 28, 1926.

Clubhouse humor of the day

While RHP Joel Peralta, who has been too ill to pitch for two days, was sleeping in the clubhouse, someone made a sign they hung around his neck that read:

Tired and hungry

Will pitch for food

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (1-0, 1.38)

ORIOLES: LH Wei-Yin Chen (1-1, 6.75)

On Archer: Worked seven shutout innings, with no decision, Tuesday in a 1-0 win over Royals. Is 1-1, 3.60 in three appearances vs. the Orioles, including impressive 2012 relief outing at Camden.

On Chen: Soft tosser is off to a rough start, allowing 21 hits over 102/3 innings in his first two starts, vs. the Red Sox and Yankees. Has had success vs. the Rays, going 2-3, 3.04 in eight starts.

Key matchups


Yunel Escobar 1-for-10

Desmond Jennings 2-for-18

Ben Zobrist 10-for-23, HR


Chris Davis 1-for-4, HR

J.J. Hardy 1-for-7

Matt Wieters 0-for-6

On deck

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 5.73); Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 9.64)

Rays: Zobrist in rare company with two-HR game 04/14/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 7:58am]
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