Today: vs. Tigers
4:10, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.
Promotion: Floppy hat giveaway for all fans.
Rays: LH Blake Snell (1-2, 3.54)
Tigers: RH Justin Verlander (7-6, 4.30)
On Snell: Hasn't allowed a home run homer this season. The only other Ray to pitch deeper into career without allowing a homer was James Shields (six starts).
On Verlander: Allowed eight runs on nine hits in 42/3 innings against the Indians during his last start. Is 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 14 career starts against the Rays.
Rays vs. Verlander
Oswaldo Arcia 0-for-5
Nick Franklin 1-for-6
Desmond Jennings4-for-11, 2 HR
Evan Longoria 7-for-28, HR
Tigers vs. Snell
Sunday: vs. Tigers, 1:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-11, 4.76); Tigers — RH Mike Pelfrey (2-7, 5.02)
Monday: vs. Angels, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (3-5, 5.04); Angels — TBA
The Rays were 11-17 in June, their worst record in that month since the 2007 squad went 11-17. The Rays hit 38 home runs and scored 115 runs. Their four stolen bases were the fewest of any month in team history. The pitchers had a 5.12 ERA, highest in team history for June since '07 (5.79). The bullpen ERA was 5.77, highest in the American League.
Roger Mooney, Times correspondent