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Tampa Bay Rays: Jaso visits hospital; wives to play softball

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Español; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers

RAYS:

RH Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.57)

MARLINS:

RH Ricky Nolasco (4-2, 4.23)

Watch for …

Swan song: Cobb, likely making his final start before going back to Triple-A Durham, has done a nice job filling in for injured RHP Jeff Niemann. He allowed one run over 52/3 innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Monday. He has never faced the Marlins.

Bounce back: Nolasco is winless over his past four starts and got roughed up in his last one, allowing nine runs over three-plus innings against Arizona. He is 2-2, 8.38 in four starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Nolasco

Evan Longoria 2-for-7

B.J. Upton 1-for-7

Ben Zobrist 2-for-2

On deck

Sunday: vs Marlins, 1:40. Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-4, 2.60); Marlins — Chris Volstad (2-7, 6.07)

Monday: at Brewers, 8:10. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (1-4, 5.74); Brewers — Chris Narveson (4-4, 4.48)

Tuesday: at Brewers, 8:10. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-5, 3.09); Brewers — Zack Greinke (6-2, 5.23)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Good deed of the day

C John Jaso and team mascot Raymond, right, visited Tampa General Hospital on Friday morning to talk with pediatric patients and staff.

Wives Citrus Series Showdown

The Rays' wives take on the Marlins' wives in a softball game at 5:30 p.m. today at Tropicana Field. Both big-league teams will take early batting practice to accommodate.

Quote of the day

"I'm pretty much comparable to CC, right?"

Marlins LHP Randy Choate, a Ray from 2009-10, joking about his return to Tropicana Field coming right after Carl Crawford's

Tampa Bay Rays: Jaso visits hospital; wives to play softball 06/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 10:56pm]
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