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Tampa Bay Rays: Cancer-striking teen spends day with Evan Longoria; club closing in on two strikeout records

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 85 63 .574—

Baltimore85 64 .5701/2

Tampa Bay 79 70 .530 6½

Boston 68 82 .453 18

Toronto 66 81 .44918½

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 85 64 .570—

Oakland 84 64 .568—

Los Angeles 81 68 .544 31/2

Detroit 79 69 .534 5

Tampa Bay 79 70 .530 5½

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

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (18-5, 2.54)

RED SOX: RH Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.33)

On Price: Tops majors in ERA and shares AL lead in wins. Pitched well in New York on Friday after skipping a start due to shoulder soreness. Is 7-4, 3.15 in 13 starts vs. Boston.

On Buchholz: Worked 7 solid innings vs. Toronto in last start after an 0-3, 5.79 stretch. Is 5-4, 2.76 in 12 starts vs. Rays, allowing three earned runs or fewer 10 times.

On deck

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (14-9, 3.77); Blue Jays — Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.42)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Fan clubs

Rays pitchers are closing in on the AL record for strikeouts:

Yr. Team Strikeouts

'01 Yankees 1,266

'09 Yankees 1,260

'01 Red Sox 1,259

'12 Rays 1,256

Rays hitters, too:

Yr. Team Strikeouts

'07 Devil Rays 1,324

'10 Devil Rays 1,292

'11 Mariners 1,280

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'12 Rays 1,221

Tampa Bay Rays: Cancer-striking teen spends day with Evan Longoria; club closing in on two strikeout records 09/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:44am]
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