Rays vs. A's
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-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: Postgame concert by O.A.R. and David Price T-shirt to first 10,000 fans
Rays: LH Matt Moore (10-7, 3.57)
A's: RH Jarrod Parker (8-7, 3.48)
On Moore: He has won four of his past five starts and allowed two earned runs or fewer in his past seven. He lost his only start against the A's, giving up eight runs in 4⅔ innings May 6.
On Parker: He threw eight shutout innings against the Indians the last time out. He has made one career start against Tampa Bay, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss Aug. 1 in Oakland.
Rays VS. Parker
Ryan Roberts 2-for-3
Jeff Keppinger 2-for-3
Carlos Peña 1-for-4
a's VS. Moore
Jonny Gomes 2-for-3
Josh Reddick 0-for-2
Yoenis Cespedes 1-for-3
Saturday: vs. A's, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-8, 3.28); A's — Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 4.62)
Monday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (16-4, 2.28); Rangers — TBA
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Tab of the day
In response to American Legion Post 238 in Safety Harbor supplying the Rays with a banner they could hang in their clubhouse, manager Joe Maddon offered to pick up the tab for them Wednesday night for all the beers, pickled eggs and sausages they wanted. Maddon, who couldn't attend, was pleased to hear of the "great turnout," including a tab of $528.70. Quipped Maddon: "I also heard they were able to collect dues that were in arrears by certain fellows that showed up that hadn't been there in a while."
AL race for wild cards
Team W L Pct. GB
Tampa Bay 70 55 .560—
Oakland 67 57 .540—
Baltimore 67 57 .540—
Detroit 67 57 .540—
Los Angeles 65 60 .520 2½
Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild-card team
Hanging from LHP Matt Moore's locker was a schedule for nearly every minute of the day when he starts, from when he should be dressed to when he warms up. Moore noticed the neat penmanship of pitching coach Jim Hickey's schedule. "It's pretty girly," Moore said. "I think he knows that, too. We've talked about it before."