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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price pays compliment to Rangers lineup; Brandon Gomes happy to sacrifice dignity

ALDS (best of 5) Rays vs. Rangers

When/where: 5:07 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: TBS; 970-AM, 1040-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: Sold out for today; limited number available for Tuesday via, Ticketmaster, Tropicana Field box office, Tampa team store

Starting pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (12-13, 3.49)

Rangers: RH Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40)

Watch for …

Price problems: Price hasn't won since Aug. 28, coming up short in several big games. He has never beaten the Rangers, 0-5, 5.48 in eight starts, including two in the 2010 playoffs.

October ace: Lewis, who returned to MLB in 2010 after two seasons in Japan, is 3-0, 1.71 in four career postseason starts, though all at home. He is 3-0, 4.15 in four games vs. the Rays, with a streak of 13 scoreless innings.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lewis

Johnny Damon 4-for-13

Casey Kotchman 2-for-10

Evan Longoria 0-for-3

Rangers vs. Price

Adrian Beltre 5-for-17

Josh Hamilton 2-for-13

Mike Napoli 2-for-11

On deck

Tuesday: Game 4, vs. Rangers, 2:07, TBS. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95); Rangers — Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39)

Wednesday: Workout day at Rangers Ballpark, Arlington

Marc Topkin and Joe Smith, Times staff writers

Compliment of the day

LHP David Price hasn't beaten the Rangers in eight career starts, regular season or postseason. That leaves him frustrated but also respectful of the Texas lineup. So much so, he offered an interesting analogy: "It's a very tough lineup to pitch to. They essentially have five Longos in their lineup that are hitting the ball out of the park."

Adjustment of the day

RHP Brandon Gomes would be the one Ray who might not have wanted to see rookie Matt Moore make his Game 1 start. With Moore leaving the bullpen and Alex Torres and Dane De La Rosa not on the playoff roster, Gomes re-inherited duties — as the reliever with the least service time — to carry the pink Dora the Explorer suitcase out to the bullpen each day and keep it filled with snacks. But given the outcome, Gomes had no hard feelings. "Trust me," he said. "I wanted to see him start."

Game 3 schedule of events

2:37: Gates open

2:30-3:30: Rays batting practice

3:30-4:20: Rangers batting practice

4:40: Grounds crew prepares field

4:44: Rangers starting lineup announced

4:48: Rays starting lineup announced

4:53: Presentation of colors

4:54: National anthem (Saxophonist B.K. Jackson)

4:58: Ceremonial first pitch (Lee Roy, Christopher and Brandy Selmon, children of the late Lee Roy Selmon)

5: Honorary bat kid

5:05: Rays take the field

5:07: First pitch

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price pays compliment to Rangers lineup; Brandon Gomes happy to sacrifice dignity 10/02/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 2, 2011 9:07pm]
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