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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon disappointed in 4-6 homestand, sees struggles as a sickness

Almost famous

Rays bench coach Dave Martinez got an up-close look at newest Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, above, when he spent the 1992 season in Cincinnati. "He was unbelievable, a true five-tool player," Martinez said. "And he knew the game. It's definitely a fitting honor."

Today: Off

Next game: at Orioles, 7:05 Tuesday, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 3.55); O's — Wei-Yin Chen (8-5, 3.80)

On deck

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (13-4, 2.64); O's — Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 2.61)

Thursday: at Orioles, 12:35, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-6, 4.39); O's — Chris Tillman (2-1, 1.15)

Friday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-7, 5.05); Angels — TBA

Saturday: at Angels, 9:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (6-7, 4.23); Angels — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

DH Luke Scott, oblique strain, 15-day, 15-day, Aug. 5

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quotes of the day

"It could have, should have been better."

Manager Joe Maddon, on the Rays' 4-6 record on the homestand

Explanation of the day

"It's one of those viral things, and it's going in the wrong direction. We're just contagious in the wrong way. It's hard to explain."

Maddon, on the offense

Negative stat of the day

19 Games, of their past 24, in which the Rays scored four runs or fewer.

Positive stat of the day

1.91

ERA of the Rays bullpen over the 10-game homestand.

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon disappointed in 4-6 homestand, sees struggles as a sickness 07/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 8:47pm]
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