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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price hoping for birthday gift from umpires; Rays have reason to look forward to road trip

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 74 53 .583—

Tampa Bay 70 57 .551 4

Baltimore 69 57 .548 41/2

Boston 61 67 .477 131/2

Toronto 56 70 .444 171/2

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Tampa Bay 70 57 .551

Oakland 69 57 .548—

Baltimore 69 57 .548—

Detroit 69 58 .5431/2

Los Angeles 66 62 .516 4

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

Yes, they were off Sunday

Because of the Republican National Convention welcome party at Tropicana Field, the Rays adjusted their schedule and had a rare Sunday off. It was the first scheduled Sunday off in the majors, not related to an international trip, since 1995, when there was a conflict with a football game in St. Louis.

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (16-4, 2.28)

RaNGERs: LH Derek Holland (8-6. 4.92)

On Price: MLB ERA and co-wins leader has struggled vs. Rangers, going 1-3, 5.22 in seven regular-season starts (with a win April 29), 0-3, 4.65 in postseason. Has thrown eight shutout innings twice in past four starts without a win.

On Holland: Ended five-start winless streak Wednesday vs. Baltimore. Is 3-2, 4.72 in nine starts since coming off DL. Has 3-2, 6.49 mark in six regular-season starts vs. Rays, 1-0, 3.27 in four games (one start) in playoffs.

Key matchups

Rays VS. HOLLAND

Matt Joyce 4-for-9, HR

Evan Longoria 8-for-20, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 10-for-19, HR

RaNGERS VS. PRICE

Nelson Cruz 8-for-19, 2 HRs

Josh Hamilton 4-for-24

Michael Young 3-for-25

* includes postseason

On deck

Tuesday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (12-7, 4.01); Rangers — Yu Darvish (12-9, 4.51)

Wednesday: at Rangers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.32) or Matt Moore (10-7, 3.60); Rangers — Matt Harrison (15-7, 3.04)

Thursday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-7, 3.60) or Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.32); Jays — Brandon Morrow (7-5, 3.06)

Tweet of the day

Thank you #mlb for giving us a day off because it was my birthday...5 inches on each side of the plate tomorrow would be great!! Thanks

LHP David Price, who turned 27 Sunday and starts tonight

Slightly revised quote of the day

"What's the old adage: if you play .500 at home and .750 on the road, you'll be okay? Something like that."

Manager Joe Maddon, adapting to his team's situation

Road warriors

Why, besides the meal money and first-class hotels, the Rays like being on the road:

W-L Pct. Avg. R/PG OPS ERA

Home35-30 .538 .225 3.74 .669 2.88

Road35-27 .565 .247 4.71 .720 3.69

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price hoping for birthday gift from umpires; Rays have reason to look forward to road trip 08/26/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:57pm]
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