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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon praises Fernando Rodney's crooked hat; Rays remain perfect on Patriots Day

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Jeff Niemann (0-1. 5.40) Jays: LH Ricky Romero (1-0, 3.38)

Watch for …

Tall order: Niemann felt good about his season debut Thursday despite throwing 102 pitches in 5 IP. He is 4-3, 5.23 overall against the Jays, 3-1, 5.21 in six starts at Rogers Centre.

Mister Ricky: Romero has emerged as one of the top lefties in the game and had a solid last outing vs. Boston (1 run, 3 hits in 8 1/3 IP). He is 5-4, 3.18 in 10 starts vs. Tampa Bay.

Rays VS. ROMERO

Desmond Jennings 1-for-9, HR

Evan Longoria 5-for-20

Sean Rodriguez 1-for-15

Jays VS. Niemann

Jose Bautista 4-for-18, HR

Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-9

Adam Lind 11-for-26, 2 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (1-1, 4.82); Jays — Brandon Morrow (0-0, 2.57)

Thursday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 3.29); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 2.77)

Friday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-1, 5.54); Twins — Liam Hendriks (0-0, 1.50)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 15-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day

C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day

OF B.J. Upton, lower back soreness, 15-day

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I know some baseball purists don't like it or dig it. I love it, and you could put a capital L-O-V-E in there. He's just expressing himself and for those that have a hard time with that, too bad."

Manager Joe Maddon, on reliever Fernando Rodney wearing his hat crooked.

Number of the day

3-0

Rays record in Patriots Day games

Stat of the day

Ben Zobrist played his 247th game in the outfield without an error, the most of any active player to start his career and the most since Darren Lewis went 392 games with the Giants and A's in 1990-94 before his first.

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon praises Fernando Rodney's crooked hat; Rays remain perfect on Patriots Day 04/16/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 16, 2012 8:50pm]

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