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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon amazed by U.S. gymnastics; manager embraces Ryan Roberts' tattoo challenge

More than patriotic

Rays manager Joe Maddon, left, said one thing he has been following during the Olympics is the U.S. women's gymnastics team, which claimed the team gold medal, led by 16-year-old Gabby Douglas, who also won the all-around title. "Her poise, her personality and her ability, the way she pulled this off is phenomenal," Maddon said. "Sixteen years old? I just got my license and was running into telephone poles when I'm 16. It's unbelievable she's able to do that."

Ink for Series berth

Manager Joe Maddon said that 3B Ryan Roberts, nicknamed "Tatman" because of his 30-plus tattoos, told him he'd have to get a tattoo if the Rays made the World Series. And Maddon appears up for the challenge, tweeting, "I'm in."

Critique of the day

"Good … tall."

Sam Fuld, Rays OF, on how 6-foot-9 RHP Jeff Niemann (broken fibula in right leg) looked during a three-inning simulated game Friday

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 3.23)

Orioles: LH Wei-Yin Chen (9-6, 3.65)

On Hellickson: He has won his past two starts, including throwing six shutout innings while sick Sunday against the Angels. He is 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against Baltimore.

On Chen: He has won two of his last three starts, giving up just one run over 5⅔ innings to beat Oakland on Sunday. He is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in two career starts against Tampa Bay.

Rays vs. Chen

Jeff Keppinger 2-for-3

Matt Joyce 1-for-4

B.J. Upton 0-for-5

Orioles vs. HELLICKSON

Adam Jones 7-for-22, 3 HR

Matt Wieters 3-for-15

J.J. Hardy 4-for-19, HR

On deck

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (14-4, 2.64); Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 4.46)

Monday: Off

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon amazed by U.S. gymnastics; manager embraces Ryan Roberts' tattoo challenge 08/03/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 10:39pm]
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