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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price giddy over hitting 100; Jeff Keppinger second player to get five hits in first game off DL

Rays at Royals

When/where: 8:10 p.m., Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82)

Royals: RH Luke Hochevar (4-7, 5.65)

On Cobb: Two days later than planned, Cobb will seek an encore to his dominating June 17 performance vs. Miami, when he allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, fanning 10. He beat the Royals in July with seven shutout innings.

On Hochevar: He is coming off his best outing of 2012, taking a no-hitter into the fifth Tuesday at Houston, finishing with 72/3 shutout innings. He is 1-2, 7.42 ERA in six starts vs. the Rays, though 1-0, 4.32 in three home games.

Rays vs. Hochevar

Carlos Peña 6-for-12

B.J. Upton 6-for-16

Ben Zobrist 3-for-12

Royals vs. Cobb

Billy Butler 0-for-3

Alex Gordon 0-for-3

Eric Hosmer 1-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: at Royals, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (0-1, 1.50); Royals — Bruce Chen (6-6, 4.81)

Wednesday: at Royals, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (4-5, 4.13); Royals — TBA

Thursday: vs. Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (7-4, 3.99); Tigers — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Historical note of the day

Jeff Keppinger, left, tied the Rays record and matched his career high when he got five hits Saturday. According to Stats Inc., he also was the second player — of the 808 times there were five-hit games in the past 30 years — to do so in his first game off the DL. The other? Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki in July 2008.

Stats of the day

3-9-8

Rays' record in doubleheaders, including 2-7-5 in split DHs

9-9 Rays' record in interleague play this season, including 6-3 in NL parks

Milestone of the day

David Price couldn't wait to share the news when Sun Sports' Todd Kalas told the pitcher he hit 100 mph on the network radar with a fifth-inning pitch in the opener. Standing at his locker, Price shouted to the rest of the clubhouse: "I hit 100! I hit 100 today in case anybody wants to know! I hit a hundo!"

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price giddy over hitting 100; Jeff Keppinger second player to get five hits in first game off DL 06/24/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 24, 2012 10:57pm]
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