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Tampa Bay Rays: Fernando Rodney feeling vindicated; Alex Cobb just 'okay' on this day

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,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (4-5, 4.19)

YANKEES: RH Freddy Garcia (2-2, 6.39)

On Moore: Is coming off a strong month of June (3-0, 3.16 ERA) and went a season-long 7⅓ innings his last start in Kansas City. He hasn't faced the Yankees since his first career start Sept. 22, when he earned a win with five shutout innings in Yankee Stadium.

On Garcia: The 35-year-old veteran gets another chance in the rotation, filling in for injured LHP Andy Pettitte (fractured left leg). He has fared well against the Rays, going 9-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 17 career appearances (16 starts).

Key matchups


Carlos Peña 4-for-39

Jose Molina 10-for-26

Hideki Matsui 2-for-12


Nick Swisher 1-for-1

Derek Jeter 0-for-2

Mark Teixeira 0-for-2

On deck

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

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

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

"Scoop" of the day

MLB put the teams and players under strict gag orders not to share the news of the All-Star selections until they were announced on the TBS show. But injured Rays 3B Evan Longoria broke the news of RHP Fernando Rodney's selection on his @Evan3Longoria Twitter account more than 15 minutes early: "Special congrats to Rays own Fernando Rodney. Well deserved selection."

Quote of the day

"He was okay. He wasn't great. He wasn't awful."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on RHP Alex Cobb, who was charged with five runs over 5⅓ innings Sunday

Numbers of the day

3-12 Rays record against the Tigers since Aug. 11, 2010, having scored 37 runs in those 15 games.

9-17 Rays record at Tropicana Field since starting the year 13-1 at home.

Tampa Bay Rays: Fernando Rodney feeling vindicated; Alex Cobb just 'okay' on this day 07/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 1, 2012 10:16pm]
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