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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon loves hockey from afar; same lineup a slipup from manager?

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LH Matt Moore (10-11, 3.88)

Blue Jays: RH Brandon Morrow (8-6, 2.98)

On Moore: He has lost his past four starts and lasted four innings or fewer in his past two. He is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.

On Morrow: He is winless in his past three starts but threw six shutout innings in his last outing against Boston. He is 5-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 15 career appearances (11 starts) against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Morrow

Evan Longoria 5-for-23

Carlos Peña 0-for-12

B.J. Upton 4-for-29, HR

Jays vs. Moore

E. Encarnacion 0-for-5

Adam Lind 1-for-3

Colby Rasmus 0-for-7

On deck

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.31), Jays — Chad Jenkins (0-1, 4.91)

Monday: Off

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"What's wrong with me?"

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, joking about the rarity of using the same lineup on consecutive days for just the fifth time this season

Hockey night

Tampa Bay honored the Lightning's 20th anniversary in the NHL, with several Rays players giving a video tribute on the scoreboard. Manager Joe Maddon, who loves hockey, said one of his big regrets is never playing the sport. Maddon tried skating once. "It was very embarrassing," he said. "I fell several times and hurt myself."

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 87 63 .580—

Baltimore86 64 .573 1

Tampa Bay 81 70 .536 6½

Boston 68 84 .447 20

Toronto 66 83 .443 20½

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 86 64 .573—

Oakland 85 65 .567—

Los Angeles 8269 .54331/2

Tampa Bay 81 70 .536 4½

Detroit 79 70 .530 5½

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon loves hockey from afar; same lineup a slipup from manager? 09/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:51am]
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