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Tampa Bay Rays: Name of Oakland A's ballpark certainly stands out

Rays vs. A's

When/where: 10:07 tonight; O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

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

Starting pitchers:

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

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:

Pitcher Starts

James Shields 142

Matt Garza 94

Andy Sonnanstine 80

David Price 76

Jeff Niemann 73

Scott Kazmir 71

Edwin Jackson 54

Pitcher Starts

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.

Tampa Bay Rays: Name of Oakland A's ballpark certainly stands out 07/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 11:27pm]
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