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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon sorry for blowup at umpire

Rays vs. Yankees

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.

Promotion: Fernando Rodney T-shirt to first 10,000 fans.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.39)

YANKEES: RH Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.90)

On Cobb: Failed to get the win despite six runs of support in last outing Wednesday at Texas. Rays have won his past six starts. Is 0-1, 3.46 in two starts vs. Yankees, losing June 6 in New York.

On Garcia: Journeyman is 7-3, 3.82 over his past 16 games (11 starts). Is 9-2, 3.28 in 18 games (17 starts) vs. Rays, including 5-2, 3.63 at the Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GARCIA

Jose Molina 11-for-26

Carlos Peña 5-for-42, HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-11, HR

YANKEES VS. COBB

Robinson Cano 1-for-6, HR

Derek Jeter 0-for-6

Nick Swisher 2-for-6, HR

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-8, 3.58); Yankees — Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.41); Rangers — TBA

Saturday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (17-5, 2.54); Rangers — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 76 58 .567—

Baltimore 75 59 .560 1

Tampa Bay 74 61 .548 21/2

Boston 62 74 .456 15

Toronto 60 74 .448 16

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 76 58 .567—

Baltimore 75 59 .560—

Tampa Bay 74 61 .548 11/2

Detroit 72 62 .537 3

Los Angeles 72 63 .533 31/2

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

Quote of the day

"Bob, I apologize. I didn't say anything bad. I really enjoy Bob. … He was right. I want everyone to know that."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, after acknowledging that 2B ump Bob Davidson got the call that led to Maddon's ejection and protest right.

Number of the day

8

Games the Rays gained on the Yankees (from 10 ½ to 2 ½ out) since July 18

Super stat

17

Homers by B.J. Upton, matching Carlos Peña for the team lead.

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon sorry for blowup at umpire 09/03/12 [Last modified: Monday, September 3, 2012 9:37pm]
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