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Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist remembers the doubts; Joe Biden pulling for Red Sox out of self-preservation

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays:

LH David Price (12-13, 3.35)

Yankees:

TBA

Tickets: $17-$275 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa; $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Price check: Price hasn't won since Aug. 28 but hasn't pitched particularly poorly, having allowed two earned runs or fewer his past four starts. He is 1-1 with a 4.26 in four starts this season against the Yankees.

Group effort: With just one day off before the ALDS, the Yankees are expected to use a parade of pitchers tonight, most likely none from their expected postseason roster. RHP Phil Hughes is a possibility.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hughes

Matt Joyce 4-for-10, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 0-for-10

Johnny Damon 1-for-8

Yankees vs. Price

Curtis Granderson 5-for-28, 2 HRs

Derek Jeter 11-for-36, 2 HRs

Nick Swisher 9-for-21, HR

On deck

End of regular season

Thursday (if necessary): vs. Red Sox, 4:07, TBS. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I've had a lot of people from the start of the year hat were like, saying, 'Man, I wasn't sure how you guys were going to look this year, if it was going to be a long year.' And looked like it after the first six games. But here we are now. … It could be storybook in the end if we're able to pull it out." Ben Zobrist, on Rays potentially making the playoffs after an 0-6 start.

Fan of the day

Vice President Joe Biden is rooting, even praying for the Red Sox to beat out the Rays for the AL wild-card spot, and for an interesting reason. His lead Secret Service agent is from Boston, and Biden doesn't want him, um, distracted. Before Biden's plane landed Tuesday in Boston, "I said everyone bow their head. We're going to say a prayer that Boston wins the wild-card spot. … I'm worried if in fact they don't, he's going to be so d--- miserable he will not jump in front of a bullet."

Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist remembers the doubts; Joe Biden pulling for Red Sox out of self-preservation 09/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:28pm]
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