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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon has special guests, and special treats; Jim Thome might make Jonathan Papelbon pay for promise

Rays at Phillies

When/where: 1:05 and 6:35 today; Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (9-4, 3.08)

PHILLIES: LH Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25)

On Rays: Price beat the Nats on Tuesday and has gone seven or more innings in seven of his past nine starts. Ramos is likely to come out of the bullpen to start, with LHP Alex Torres, who was called up, among those in reserve.

On Phils: It's quite a dynamic duo the Phils will have with two of the game's top lefties. Hamels shut the Rays down twice in '08 Series, and Lee has gone 6-5, 2.87 in 13 regular-season starts, plus 2-0, 1.13 in 2010 playoffs.

Key matchups


Jeff Keppinger 6-for-12

Carlos Peña 2-for-6

Rays VS. LEE

Hideki Matsui 8-for-29

Carlos Peña 8-for-42, 3 HRs


Juan Pierre 2-for-12

Ty Wigginton 2-for-11


Hunter Pence 0-for-1

Jim Thome 0-for-1

Hazleton scene of the day

Manager Joe Maddon was thrilled that nearly 100 people — including his mom, Beanie, and sister, Carmine — came on two buses from his hometown of Hazleton, Pa., to Saturday's game. Even better, they brought some of his favorite foods — from the Third Base Luncheonette and Senape's Bakery. "The important thing is, are the hoagies and the pitza here also?" he joked. "That's what we want to make sure."

Deal of the day

After blowing his first save, closer Jonathan Papelbon went into the dugout and made an offer: "Five grand to whoever walks this guy off." Jim Thome cashed it in, with a homer off Jake McGee, and when he crossed the plate said, "I want that check." Papelbon said he wrote it; Thome claimed later that no money changed hands.

Game 1

Rays: LH Cesar Ramos (1-0, 2.08)

PHILLIES: LH Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48)

Game 2

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon has special guests, and special treats; Jim Thome might make Jonathan Papelbon pay for promise 06/23/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 23, 2012 10:53pm]
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