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Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Geiger apologizes for Bartman moment

Rays vs. Angels

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-$210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Probable pitchers

Rays:

LH David Price (2-1, 4.20)

Angels:

RH Ervin Santana (0-3, 6.75)

Watch for …

Price check: Price is coming off a win but hasn't gone as deep as he'd like, with his 19.7 pitches per inning the highest average in the American League. He is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in six career starts against the Angels.

So-so Santana: Santana has lost all three starts this season, allowing at least four runs each time. He is 5-5 with a 5.23 ERA in 12 starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Santana

Ben Zobrist 3-for-12

Evan Longoria 4-for-14

B.J. Upton 5-for-16

Angels vs. Price

Howie Kendrick 5-for-16

Vernon Wells 4-for-22

Torii Hunter 4-for-12

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 3.26); Angels — C.J. Wilson (2-1, 2.37)

Thursday: vs. Angels, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-1, 5.12); Angels — Jerome Williams (1-1, 1.71)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 15-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 15-day

C Jose Lobaton, shoulder, 15-day

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Geiger: 'I'm the idiot'

Retired NBA center Matt Geiger, a former Countryside High star, said he didn't mean to interfere with a foul ball in Sunday's game, which could have been caught by 1B Carlos Peña. Geiger, sitting near the front row on the first-base line, said he lost track of where he was and was trying to get a ball for his 4-year-old son. "I'm hearing the boos, I'm the idiot," Geiger told 620-AM Monday morning. "I get to the top steps and some old lady in a wheelchair says, 'You A-hole.' " Geiger said he was escorted to review the play, but because the ball was not in the field of play, he was welcomed back to his seats. "Once they got out of the inning, I felt a lot better."

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Geiger apologizes for Bartman moment 04/23/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 6:34pm]

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