Rays vs. A's
When/where: 10:07 tonight; Oakland Coliseum
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.17)
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.
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
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
Rays record when scoring first.
Rays record when not scoring first.