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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon trying to come up with sequel to Legend of Sam Fuld; David Price calls Fuld Rays' 'spark plug'

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (13-4, 2.64)

ORIOLES: RH Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 2.61)

On Price: The American League leader in wins has victories in five of his past six starts and pitched seven shutout innings last week against the Indians. He is 5-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 career starts against the Orioles.

On Gonzalez: He has won two of his past three starts, allowing two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings at Cleveland last week. He has held right-handed hitters to a .196 batting average.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GONZALEZ

None have faced

ORIOLES vs. PRICE

Adam Jones 4-for-23

Matt Wieters 7-for-21

Nick Markakis 8-for-26

On deck

Thursday: at Orioles, 12:35, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields — (8-6, 4.39); O's — Chris Tillman (2-1, 1.15)

Friday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-7, 5.05); Angels — TBA

Saturday: at Angels, 9:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (6-7, 4.23); Angels — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 60-day, June 30

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

* out for season

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Sam sequel

With OF Sam Fuld returning from the disabled list Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon hopes he can provide a "sequel" to last season, when he became the "Legend of Sam Fuld." Maddon tried to think of a few titles for No. 2, with "On the Fuld Again," "Fuldfather Part II" and "Austin Powers' Fuldmember" his favorites.

Quote of the day

"Sam Fuld is the reason the Rays were the Rays last year. … He was our spark plug."

LHP David Price on what impact OF Sam Fuld's return could provide.

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon trying to come up with sequel to Legend of Sam Fuld; David Price calls Fuld Rays' 'spark plug' 07/24/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:55pm]
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