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Tampa Bay Rays: Lightning coach draws raves for ceremonial first pitch; Jose Molina sets career best for homers

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 88 63 .583—

Baltimore87 64 .576 1

Tampa Bay 82 70 .539 6½

Boston 68 85 .444 21

Toronto 66 84 .44021½

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 87 64 .576—

Oakland 85 66 .563—

Los Angeles 8369 .54621/2

Tampa Bay 82 70 .539 3½

Detroit 80 70 .533 4½

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

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Matt Joyce bobblehead to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.31)

BLUE JAYS RH Chad Jenkins (0-1, 4.98)

On Hellickson: Is winless in his past five starts and hasn't lasted longer than six innings in any of them. Is 2-2, 3.41 in five career starts against the Blue Jays.

On Jenkins: Is making his first big-league start, having appeared 10 times out of the bullpen since his August callup.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Jenkins

Evan Longoria 2-for-4

Carlos Peña 2-for-3, HR

Ben Zobrist 1-for-3

Jays vs. Hellickson

E. Encarnacion 5-for-14, HR

J.P. Arencibia 4-for-11

Adam Lind 4-for-7

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (18-5, 2.58); Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.16)

Number of the day

8

Home runs for C Jose Molina this season, a career high.

Review of the day

Lightning coach Guy Boucher shooting the ceremonial first pitch with a stick Friday night earned him the No. 2 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10, and rave reviews from the Rays. "Outstanding," manager Joe Maddon said. "That was an absolute strike." Not to be overlooked was C Stephen Vogt, who impersonated a goalie with the right stick, stance and warmup routine. "Vogter is always going to dress things up," Maddon said. "He's not shy."

Tampa Bay Rays: Lightning coach draws raves for ceremonial first pitch; Jose Molina sets career best for homers 09/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:01am]
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