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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon's ponytail promise hits a snag; new slogan starting to make sense, kind of; Tampa Bay Lightning offers its support

Coming soon?

The DUMB JUST ENOUGH slogan is gaining popularity among the Rays, especially as they understand the reference: that the Rays are just dumb enough to win it all, and to realize the words are in the wrong order. "With that explanation, I really like it," manager Joe Maddon said, "and definitely would like to see it on a T-shirt at the right time."

Bolt of support

The Lightning took a Rays banner on its trip to Quebec and brought it out in support during Saturday's morning skate.

ALDS (Best of 5) Rays vs. Rangers

Today: Workouts at Tropicana Field; Rays optional at 2:30 p.m., Rangers at 4 (neither open to the public).

Up next: Game 3, 5:07 p.m. Monday, TBS, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

Starting pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (12-13, 3.49)

Rangers: RH Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40)

Tickets: Sold out for Monday; limited number available for Tuesday Game 4 via raysbaseball.com, Ticketmaster, Tropicana Field box office, Tampa team store.

On deck

Tuesday: Game 4, TBA, TBS. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95); Rangers — Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39)

Wednesday: Workout day at Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas (if necessary).

Thursday: Game 5 (if necessary), at Rangers, TBA, TBS. Rays — James Shields (16-12, 2.82); Rangers — C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94; 0-1, 10.80)

Historical reference

• Rays LHP Matt Moore, at 22 years and 104 days, on Friday became the youngest starter to win his team's first game of the postseason, surpassing Cincinnati's Gary Nolan, who was 22, 129 in 1970. Moore was the first rookie starter to do so since the Yankees' Jim Beattie in 1978.

Hair today?

Manager Joe Maddon promised that if the Rays made the playoffs, he would wear his hair — already the longest on the team — in a ponytail. But there's one problem: It's not yet long enough. "I can't make it," Maddon said. "I tried. I tried. I don't have one yet. It just won't stay (in a ponytail). … As it gets long enough, I'm going to go there."

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon's ponytail promise hits a snag; new slogan starting to make sense, kind of; Tampa Bay Lightning offers its support 10/01/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 1, 2011 11:27pm]
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