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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon picking David Price over Justin Verlander for Cy Young; Orioles player looking forward to making mess at Trop

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (10-9, 4.18)

ORIOLES: LH Wei-Yin Chen (12-10, 4.11)

On Cobb: Is 6-1, 3.30 over his past 10 starts, with Rays winning eight. Tends to struggle in first three innings (.302 avg., 37 of 60 earned runs), then improve (.217, 23). No-decision for 4⅔ IP vs. O's on Sept. 17.

On Chen: Taiwan import may be tiring at end of rookie season, going 0-3, 5.14 over his past six starts, allowing 8 homers. Has been tough on Rays, though, going 1-2, 3.38 in four starts.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. CHEN

Jeff Keppinger 4-for-8

B.J. Upton 1-for-12

Ben Zobrist 5-for-12

ORIOLES VS. COBB

Adam Jones 1-for-3

Omar Quintanilla 1-for-3

Matt Wieters 1-for-2

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-9, 3.62); Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez (8-4, 3.45)

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-11, 3.20); Orioles — TBA

End of regular season

Rays disabled list

* C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Comparison of the day

The AL Cy Young Award seems likely to come down to Rays LHP David Price and Tigers RHP Justin Verlander, right. Rays manager Joe Maddon, admittedly biased, said he really doesn't think it's a tough decision for voters. "All this stuff that David has done is pretty darn impressive. You have to dig under the hood there a little bit," he said. "I think Verlander having done it before, starting the All-Star Game, obviously, that's like a sexy pick in some regards, but I really think overall David's had the better year."

Price Verlander
20-5 W-L 17-8
2.56 ERA 2.64
31 G 33
211 IP 238⅓
173 H 192
205 K 239
59 BB 60
1.10 WHIP 1.06


Quote of the day

"I take particular enjoyment in ruining someone else's clubhouse."

Orioles reliever Darren O'Day, on the possibility of celebrating a playoff berth at the Trop

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon picking David Price over Justin Verlander for Cy Young; Orioles player looking forward to making mess at Trop 09/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:25am]
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