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Tampa Bay Rays: Bert Blyleven remembered as master of the hotfoot; Alex Cobb has a special guest in the stands

Rays vs. A's

When/where: 10:07 tonight; Oakland Coliseum

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.17)

A's:

RH Guillermo Moscoso (3-5, 2.96)

Watch for …

Jeremy the kid: Hellickson is coming off a strong outing against the Yankees and got an extra day's rest after throwing 119 pitches, one shy of his career high. He pitched well at Oakland in August, leaving with a lead in the seventh.

Unknown quantity: Moscoso, a former Ranger, has been a nice fill-in for the A's since coming up from the minors. He got knocked around by Detroit in his previous start after four strong ones (1 ER, 242/3 IP). No Rays have seen him in the majors.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Moscoso

None have faced

A's vs. Hellickson

Coco Crisp 1-for-4

Cliff Pennington 2-for-3

Kurt Suzuki 0-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (9-8, 3.67); A's — Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 3.74)

Wednesday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (9-8, 2.53); A's — Trevor Cahill (8-9, 3.77)

Thursday: at A's, 3:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-7, 4.46); A's — Rich Harden (2-1, 4.63)

Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann ( 4-4, 3.86); Mariners — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Hall of Fame memory of the day

Joe Maddon was a minor-league coach for the Angels when Bert Blyleven ended his career there 1989-92. Like others, he was impressed with Blyleven's curve and professionalism. But what really stood out about Sunday's Hall of Fame inductee? "He was by far … the best at lighting somebody's shoelaces on fire. Above and beyond all the necessary requirements regarding pitching performance, that also should be included as Hall of Fame ability. He'd crawl under benches amid the muck and the gum and the spit just to get this done."

Special guest of the day

RHP Alex Cobb's older brother R.J. was in the stands. R.J., who won a Purple Heart in an Army assignment in Germany, is stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks. He flew in for Cobb's May 1 debut, which didn't go well: "I told him if it went badly today, he couldn't come back."

Stat of the day

39-12

Rays record when scoring first.

14-35

Rays record when not scoring first.

Tampa Bay Rays: Bert Blyleven remembered as master of the hotfoot; Alex Cobb has a special guest in the stands 07/24/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 10:41pm]
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