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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon's offer boosts Legion Post turnout; penmanship advice from Matt Moore to Jim Hickey

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

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

Saturday: vs. A's, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-8, 3.28); A's — Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 4.62)

Sunday: Off

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

Nice curves?

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."

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon's offer boosts Legion Post turnout; penmanship advice from Matt Moore to Jim Hickey 08/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 24, 2012 12:15am]
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