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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon misses chance for themed trip; new park for Rays a favorite of Burke Badenhop's

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)

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

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

Missed opportunity

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."

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon misses chance for themed trip; new park for Rays a favorite of Burke Badenhop's 06/18/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 18, 2012 11:26pm]
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