Rays vs. A's
When/where: 10:07 tonight; O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RAYS: LH David Price (9-8, 3.67)
A'S: RH Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 3.74)
Watch for …
Price check: Price is coming off a solid but unsuccessful start vs. the Yankees, beaten by a two-run HR in the first. Price has allowed long balls in a career-high four straight starts. He is 1-0, 2.63 in two starts at Oakland.
Branded: McCarthy, 28, joined the A's this season after four in the Texas organization and five with the White Sox. Injuries and inconsistency are usually issues. He is 1-4, 4.28 in seven appearances vs. Rays.
Rays vs. McCarthy
Johnny Damon 1-for-5, HR
Casey Kotchman 4-for-8
Kelly Shoppach 3-for-6, 2 HRs
A's vs. Price
Coco Crisp 1-for-4
David DeJesus 1-for-5
Kurt Suzuki 0-for-2
Wednesday: at A's, 10:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (9-8, 2.53); A's — Trevor Cahill (8-9, 3.77)
Thursday: at A's, 3:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-7, 4.46); A's — Rich Harden (2-1, 4.63)
Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann ( 4-4, 3.86); Mariners — Blake Beavan (1-2, 3.04) or Erik Bedard (4-6, 3.00)
Saturday: at Mariners, 4:10, Ch. 13. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-0. 2.57); Mariners — Michael Pineda (8-7, 3.64)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Odd name of the day
Since June, the official name of the Oakland stadium is the O.co Coliseum. The O is for the sponsor, Overstock.com. The .co is a newly available domain chosen — literally — to get customers to the site more quickly.
List of the day
The 14 under-30 starters used by the Rays during their 703-game run, with their number of starts:
James Shields 142
Matt Garza 94
Andy Sonnanstine 80
David Price 76
Jeff Niemann 73
Scott Kazmir 71
Edwin Jackson 54
Wade Davis 53
Jeremy Hellickson 22
Jason Hammel 19
J.P. Howell 10
Alex Cobb 7
Casey Fossum 1
Mitch Talbot 1
Number of the day
25 Rays games started by rookie pitchers, most in the majors this season.