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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon defends Evan Longoria's trip to ESPYs; Rays sign nearly every draft pick

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $19-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Probable pitchers

Rays LH David Price (11-4, 2.82)

REd Sox RH Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53)

On Price: After his scoreless inning at Tuesday's All-Star Game, Price faces a foe against whom he has been solid. Current Sox players have no homers in 89 combined at-bats against Price, who is 6-4 with a 3.22 ERA all time against Boston. In his last outing, July 4 against the Yankees, Price allowed one run on four hits in seven innings before the bullpen floundered in a 4-3 defeat.

On Buchholz: Solid at the Trop (3-2, 2.41 ERA) for his career, Buchholz is making his first big-league start in nearly a month. A stomach illness put him on the 15-day DL in late June, followed by a 2⅓-inning scoreless rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.

Rays vs. Buchholz

Carlos Peña 5-for-25, HR

Luke Scott 6-for-26, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-23

Red Sox vs. Price

David Ortiz 4-for-22

Adrian Gonzalez 3-for-18

Will Middlebrooks 2-for-3

On deck

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 4.17); Red Sox — Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.43)

Quote of the day

"It's so easy for people to bark when they have no idea exactly what's going on. Listen, when you pull a hamstring, that hurts a lot, not just a little bit. And it should not preclude him from getting on an airplane and flying to an awards ceremony."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, right, responding to criticism of injured 3B Evan Longoria's decision to attend the ESPYs in Los Angeles

Number of the day

92.5

Percent of draft picks (37 of 40) signed by the Rays, who signed each of their top 28 selections.

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon defends Evan Longoria's trip to ESPYs; Rays sign nearly every draft pick 07/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 14, 2012 12:11am]
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