Rays vs. A's
When/where: 3:37 today; O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Wade Davis (7-7, 4.46)
RH Rich Harden (2-1, 4.63)
Watch for …
Wading in: Davis made an unimpressive return from the DL on Friday in Kansas City, allowing 11 hits in 51/3 IP after being out two weeks with a forearm strain. He is 1-1, 6.30 in two starts vs. Oakland.
Harden fast: The oft-injured Harden makes his fifth start after missing the first three months with a shoulder strain. He is 3-2, 5.01, in six starts against the Rays but has faced them only once since 2006.
Rays vs. Harden
Johnny Damon 2-for-12
Casey Kotchman 3-for-15
Evan Longoria 1-for-2
A's vs. Davis
Hideki Matsui 4-for-7
Cliff Pennington 3-for-5, HR
Ryan Sweeney 3-for-6
Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (4-4, 3.86); Mariners — Erik Bedard (4-6, 3.00)
Saturday: at Mariners, 4:10, Ch. 13. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-0. 2.57); Mariners — Michael Pineda (8-7, 3.64)
Sunday: at Mariners, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.27); Mariners — Jason Vargas (6-9, 4.09)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Maddon's first of the day
Manager Joe Maddon has done a lot of things during his long career as a minor- and major-league coach and manager. But Tuesday night was a first as he had to meet up with reliever Jay Buente at the hotel bar after the game to tell him he was going back to Triple-A Durham. "I've had conversations with players in the bar before, and I have instructed players in the bar before, '' Maddon, right, said. "But I've never sent a player down in a bar before."
Interesting news of the day
Pat Burrell, so bad for the Rays in 2009-10, then so good when he was picked up by the Giants and got to win a World Series, is being released by San Francisco.
Quote of the day
"Because I knew you guys (reporters) were standing here waiting for me."
B.J. Upton, on why he spent two hours in the trainers room Wednesday afternoon