Guest of the day
Manager Joe Maddon said his good buddy, former Bucs coach Raheem Morris, will attend the Rays-Nationals series. Morris is now defensive backs coach for the Redskins.
Rays at Nationals
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: LH David Price (8-4, 3.01)
NATIONALS: RH Chien-Ming Wang (2-2, 4.67)
On Price: He's coming off a rough loss to the Mets in which he allowed seven runs after having given up seven in his previous five starts combined. He is 3-3, 5.26 over six starts in National League ballparks.
On Wang: He has struggled since joining the Nationals rotation and hasn't lasted more than 51/3 innings in any start. The former Yankee is 7-5, 4.14 in 14 career starts against Tampa Bay.
Rays VS. WANG
Jose Molina 1-for-5
B.J. Upton 5-for-17
Carlos Peña 6-for-17, HR
NATIONALS VS. PRICE
Adam LaRoche 0-for-4
Xavier Nady 0-for-3
Wednesday: at Nationals, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.45); Nationals — Stephen Strasburg (8-1, 2.45)
Thursday: at Nationals, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (4-5, 4.16); Nationals — Gio Gonzalez (8-3, 2.52)
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Rays manager Joe Maddon lamented the fact that he neglected to come up with a clever wardrobe theme for this trip to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, considering their historical significance. It would have been especially interesting with the team traveling via train from D.C. to Philly. "(Dress up as) your favorite president, your favorite Constitutional Convention character," Maddon quipped. "There were so many things we could have done, and I screwed up."
Digs of the day
The Rays will get their first look at Nationals Park, the 40th different stadium the franchise has played in. RHP Burke Badenhop, who visited there with the Marlins after it opened in 2008, said it's his favorite park. "It's more than just the ballpark, it's the whole deal," Badenhop said. "It's the hotel, the bullpens, the clubhouse, everything else."