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Rays: Zobrist's All-Star shoes; Scott's lucky hairstyle; postseason odds

Rays at Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LH David Price (3-5, 3.94)

Jays: RH Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.64)

On Price: Has shown 2012 Cy Young form since coming off the disabled list July 2, going 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA in three starts. He has two complete games of fewer than 100 pitches, and one three-ball count in 87 hitters. Is 12-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 16 starts in his career against the Blue Jays.

On Rogers: Former Rockie/Indian moved into rotation in late May and is 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA in eight starts. Is 0-2, 4.70 in his past four, allowing 37 base­runners in 23 innings. Is 1-1, 4.50 in eight games (one start) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Rogers

James Loney 6-for-21, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 0-for-5

Wil Myers 2-for-3, HR

Jays vs. Price

J.P. Arencibia 1-for-13, 8 Ks

Jose Bautista 12-for-34, 4 HRs

Edwin Encarnacion 7-for-30, 2 HR

On deck

Saturday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-3, 4.67); Jays — Mark Buehrle (5-6, 4.89)

Sunday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (4-3, 2.96); Jays — R.A. Dickey (8-10, 4.69)

Monday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (13-3, 3.44); Red Sox — Ryan Dempster (4-8, 4.24)

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (5-10, 4.90); Red Sox — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

• 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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer



. It's gotta be the shoes

Since Rays INF/OF Ben Zobrist didn't get to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game, he didn't get much of a chance to show off the special All-Star-edition cleats that New Balance made for him. They are bright white with the Mets/All-Star colors, and the New York City skyline on the heel. "No, I wouldn't normally pick these," Zobrist said. "But for just one special day, the All-Star Game, they're cool."

It's gotta be the hair

Since DH Luke Scott started sporting his "traditional '80s rat tail" he has been on quite a roll, putting together a 10-game hitting streak, one shy of his career best. During the streak, he is hitting .417 with a 1.317 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

Numbers of the day

16-1 Odds of Rays winning the World Series, per Bovada.lv, the 10th-best choice.

72.4 Percent chance of Rays making the postseason, per coolstandings.com, based on computer simulations.

Rays: Zobrist's All-Star shoes; Scott's lucky hairstyle; postseason odds 07/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:13pm]
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