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Tampa Bay Rays: Earth, Wind & Fire visit clubhouse; Tigers manager Jim Leyland has some fun with Joel Peralta

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotions: James Shields bobblehead to the first 10,000 youngsters 14 and under

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73)

TIGERS: LH Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.96)

On Cobb: Coming off the worst start of his career, having allowed eight runs on 13 hits over eight innings in a loss to Kansas City. Is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in four home starts this season.

On Smyly: Winless in his past four starts. Gave up six runs in 42/3 innings in a loss to Texas his last time out. Has made one start against the Rays, his first of the season, allowing one run over four innings in an April 12 no-decision.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Smyly

Carlos Peña 2-for-2, HR

Desmond Jennings 0-for-2

Jeff Keppinger 0-for-2

Tigers vs. Cobb

Austin Jackson 2-for-4

Miguel Cabrera 1-for-1

Alex Avila 1-for-3

On deck

Monday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (4-5, 4.19); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (2-2, 6.39)

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (7-5, 4.04); Yankees — Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.03)

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (11-4, 2.92); Yankees — David Phelps (1-3, 3.16)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Guests of the day

Earth, Wind & Fire, which played a postgame concert for Saturday's Turn Back the Clock Night, visited the Rays' clubhouse before the game, right. Manager Joe Maddon, a fan of the band, said member Philip Bailey is a Rays fan. Bailey also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Joke of the day

RHP Joel Peralta, who returned to the bullpen after serving an eight-game suspension for using excess pine tar in a June 19 appearance, said Tigers manager Jim Leyland joked with him that he'd make sure to "check" his glove when he took the mound.

Number of the day


Walks by Rays pitchers Saturday night vs. the Tigers

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