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Tampa Bay Rays: Carlos Peña thinks collectible is a good omen; Joe Maddon impressed (?) with Jeff Keppinger's veteran-ness

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; 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.

Promotion: Carlos Peña home run figurine to first 10,000 fans.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (10-8, 3.58)

YANKEES: RH Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98)

On Moore: Pitching on five days rest, which has been a good thing: He is 7-3, 2.47 in 14 starts with extra rest, 3-5, 4.85 on normal rest. Overall, is 9-3, 2.90 in past 16 starts, 4-1, 1.87 past seven. Is 2-0, 2.25 vs. Yanks.

On Kuroda: Coming off back-to-back losses for first time since mid May. In 16 starts in between was 9-2, 2.22. Lost to Rays in only career start, April 7 at Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. KURODA

Jeff Keppinger 4-for-18

Carlos Peña 2-for-5

Luke Scott 3-for-3

YANKEES VS. MOORE

Robinson Cano 2-for-3

Derek Jeter 1-for-6

Ichiro Suzuki 2-for-7

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.41); Rangers — Derek Holland (10-6, 4.79)

Saturday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (17-5, 2.54); Rangers — Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.29)

Sunday: vs. Rangers, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (13-8, 3.88); Rangers — Matt Harrison (15-9, 3.37)

Monday: off

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Orioles — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 76 59 .563—

New York 76 59 .563—

Tampa Bay 75 61 .551 11/2

Boston 62 74 .456 141/2*

Toronto 60 75 .444 16 * Late game not included.

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 76 59 .563—

Balt/N.Y. 76 59 .563—

Tampa Bay 75 61 .551 11/2

Los Angeles 73 63 .537 31/2

Detroit 72 63 .533 4

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

Number of the day

53 Innings pitched at home by Alex Cobb before allowing first homer.

Quote of the day

"He is crusty. He's definitely the crustiest. He's moldy."

Manager Joe Maddon on 32-year-old INF Jeff Keppinger's veteran-ness.

Replica of the day

1B Carlos Peña was eager to see the "Home Run Figurine" being given out tonight, excited when told it showed him patting his helmet, as he does after home runs and big hits. "It's a sign of good things," Peña said. "Every time I touch my head something good happens. It's perfect timing. This is when I want to touch my head the most."

Tampa Bay Rays: Carlos Peña thinks collectible is a good omen; Joe Maddon impressed (?) with Jeff Keppinger's veteran-ness 09/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 1:38am]
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