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Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton joins 20-20 club; Twitter helps Upton recover lost wallet

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight, Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

LH Matt Moore (10-9, 3.66)

Orioles:

RH Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.46)

On Moore: Victim of bad defense in his last game, still is 4-2, 2.36, with 55 Ks and 15 BBs over his past eight starts. Is 3-1, 1.13 in four games (three starts) vs. Orioles, including a loss May 12.

On Hammel: Former Ray rejoined rotation last week, missing two months due to right knee surgery. A surprising success with O's after '11 struggles in Colorado, trade. First time facing Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hammel

Jeff Keppinger 1-for-4

Jose Molina 2-for-5

Ryan Roberts 1-for-14

Orioles vs. Moore

J.J. Hardy 2-for-10

Adam Jones 4-for-9

Matt Wieters 4-for-7, 2 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (9-8, 4.28); Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez (6-4, 3.62)

Thursday: at Orioles, 12:35, no TV. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.33); Orioles — TBA

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Saturday: at Yankees, 4:05, Ch. 13. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

*C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

*OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

INF Sean Rodriguez, right hand fracture, 15-day, Sept. 15

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 79 61 .564—

Baltimore78 62 .557 1

Tampa Bay 77 63 .550 2

Toronto 64 75 .460 141/2

Boston 63 78 .447161/2

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 80 60 .571—

Baltimore 78 62 .557—

Tampa Bay 77 63 .550 1

Los Angeles 77 64 .546 11/2

Detroit 73 67 .521 5

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

20-20 vision

With his three homers Sunday, CF B.J. Upton became the fourth player to reach the 20-20 club this season:

Player, team HR SB
Mike Trout, Angels 26 44
Alex Rios, White Sox 22 20
Ryan Braun, Brewers 38 23
B.J. Upton, Rays 21 29

More to Upton's day

B.J. Upton really did have a good day Sunday, in addition to his three homers and the Rays win. His wallet fell out of his truck while at Channelside after the game and a fan (Brent Sutton, @Brent813) found it, reached out to Upton on Twitter and returned it to him, intact, by the end of the night. Upton gave him his thanks, plus a bat, and offered him game tickets. "I don't use Twitter a ton," Upton said. "But I'm sure glad I had it (Sunday)."

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Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton joins 20-20 club; Twitter helps Upton recover lost wallet 09/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:12am]
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