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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon plans early arrival; Evan Longoria worried that team is pressing

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-275, 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 (9-8, 4.26)

RED SOX: RH Aaron Cook (3-10, 5.18)

On Cobb: Has failed to get through five innings three times in past five starts, though won the other two. Tends to struggle early in games. Won at Boston May 25 in only start vs. Red Sox.

On Cook: Hasn't won since Aug. 6, is 0-5, 6.00 in six starts since, allowing 42 hits in 30 innings. Facing Rays for first time since June '09 (with Colorado) and at Trop since June '04; is 1-1, 6.63 in three starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. COOK

Jeff Keppinger 0-for-12

Evan Longoria 2-for-4, HR

Carlos Peña 2-for-5, HR

RED SOX VS. COBB

Mike Aviles 0-for-6

Dustin Pedroia 0-for-3

Scott Podsednik 0-for-2

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.22); Red Sox — Felix Doubront (10-9, 5.11)

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (0-3, 3.22); Red Sox — Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.14)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

In case Bobby V was wondering

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he plans — if his wife has no issues and his car is running well — to arrive at the Trop around 3 for tonight's game, the first against the Red Sox since manager Bobby Valentine took a swipe at Maddon saying he regularly didn't come in until 4 p.m. "Hopefully," Maddon said, "there will be no issues."

Head-shaking stat of the day

16 Losses, of their past 17, by one or two runs

Quote of the day

"It seems like we're really pressing right now."

3B Evan Longoria

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 83 63 .568—

Baltimore82 64 .562 1

Tampa Bay 78 68 .534 5

Toronto 66 79 .455 16½

Boston 66 81 .44917½

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 84 62 .575—

Baltimore 82 64 .562—

Los Angeles 80 67 .544 21/2

Tampa Bay 78 68 .534 4

Detroit 77 68 .531 41/2

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

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon plans early arrival; Evan Longoria worried that team is pressing 09/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:17pm]
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