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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon joins exclusive club with 1,000th game; Gomes vs. Gomes matchup first in history

Rays vs. A's

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Promotions: Joe Maddon sunglasses to the first 10,000 kids

Probable pitchers

Rays:

LH Matt Moore (1-1, 4.20)

a's:

LH Tommy Milone

(3-2, 3.69)

On Moore: He is coming off his first win of the season, allowing one run in five innings against the Mariners. He's 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three home starts.

On Milone: He's making his 11th career start, having snapped a two-game winning streak by struggling against the Red Sox his last time out (eight runs in 42/3 innings). Milone has never faced the Rays. He is 1-2, 7.47 in three road starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MILONE

None have faced

A'S VS. MOORE

Josh Reddick 0-for-1

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (5-0, 3.70); Yankees — Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.58)

Wednesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports/ESPN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-3, 4.05); Yankees — David Phelps (0-1, 3.74)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (5-1, 2.35); Yankees — CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Some grand managing

Joe Maddon managed his 1,000th game with the Rays, joining Mike Scioscia (Angels), Ron Gardenhire (Twins), Charlie Manuel (Phillies) and, after today, Jim Leyland (Tigers) as the only to do so with their current teams. Maddon is also the fifth in the modern era to manage 1,000 games with one team without playing in the majors, joining Earl Weaver (O's), Joe McCarthy (Yanks), Jim Leyland (Pirates, Tigers) and Danny Ozark (Phillies).

The Gomes-Gomes meeting

Friday's first Gomes-Gomes meeting in major-league history was a hit, at least in the way Rays reliever Brandon Gomes' pitch plunked A's (and former Rays) DH Jonny Gomes. The two aren't related, and met for the first time Saturday in the Trop weight room, with no hard feelings on either side. "I could have told you Joe Maddon would go for the Gomes vs. Gomes matchup," Jonny said. "That was so him."

Stat of the day

41-1

Rays' record in past 42 games scoring 5 or more runs

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon joins exclusive club with 1,000th game; Gomes vs. Gomes matchup first in history 05/05/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 5, 2012 11:46pm]
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