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Tampa Bay Rays: Impressive numbers after sixth straight win; offense taking off since Evan Longoria's return

Stat of the day

37/25 Runs in the six games with Evan Longoria back/runs in the 10 before he returned

Quote of the day

"I didn't realize that — that's a good plane ride to Seattle right there."

Manager Joe Maddon, after being told the Rays lead the wild-card race

AL wild-card race

Team W L Pct. GB

Tampa Bay 62 52 .544

Baltimore 62 53 .539—

Oakland 61 53 .535 .5

Detroit 61 54 .530 1

Los Angeles 60 55 .522 2

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 10:10 p.m.; Safeco Field, Seattle

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (6-8, 4.32)

Mariners: RH Blake Beavan (7-6, 5.12)

On Cobb: Has three straight quality starts, with a 2.14 ERA, 16 Ks, 1 walk in 21 IP. Was knocked out of July 21 start vs. M's at Trop when hit by ball, lost last year at Seattle.

On Beavan: Baffled Rays July 22 at Trop, allowing 1 run and 5 hits over 8 innings. Is 4-0, 3.67 in five starts since recall from Triple A following June demotion. Overall 1-1, 4.05 vs. Rays.

Rays vs. Beavan

Desmond Jennings 1-for-5

Jose Molina 3-for-7

Carlos Peña 0-for-6

Mariners vs. Cobb

Dustin Ackley 2-for-5, HR

Miguel Olivo 1-for-3, HR

Brendan Ryan 1-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (9-7, 3.73); M's — Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.38)

Wednesday: at Mariners, 3:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-7. 3.52; M's — Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.74)

Thursday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (15-4, 2.50); Angels — Dan Haren (8-9, 4.68)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Historical accomplishments

• The Rays won their first extra-inning road game since June 11, 2011, at Baltimore.

• The Rays recorded their first back-to-back sweeps (three or more games) since April 2010, vs. Baltimore and Boston.

• The Rays have 10-plus hits in four consecutive games for the first time since May 2010.

• The Rays won six straight games for the third time this season.

Tampa Bay Rays: Impressive numbers after sixth straight win; offense taking off since Evan Longoria's return 08/12/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 12, 2012 10:36pm]
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