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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Alex Cobb's odd good luck 'charm'; power outage quote of the day

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH Wade Davis (8-7, 4.43)

Tigers

RH Max Scherzer (13-7, 4.23)

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis has just one win and a 4.67 ERA in his past seven starts but has been keeping the Rays in the game as they've won five. He is 0-0, 3.46 in two games vs. the Tigers.

Maxed out: Scherzer has won his past two, but it hasn't been pretty with 120 and a career-high 127 pitches to get through seven innings each time. He is 0-2, 2,84 in two starts vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. scherzer

Matt Joyce2-for-8, HR

Casey Kotchman2-for-5, HR

Ben Zobrist0-for-5

Tigers vs. DAVIS

Miguel Cabrera1-for-6, HR

Delmon Young3-for-8

Victor Martinez1-for-5

On deck

Thursday: vs. Tigers, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 3.04); Tigers — Doug Fister (5-13, 3.49)

Friday: at Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-10, 3.05); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 4.32)

Saturday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (8-5, 3.41); Jays — Luis Perez (3-2, 3.26)

Sunday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (11-11, 3.53); Jays — Brandon Morrow (9-8, 4.65)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Good luck 'charm' of the day

RHP Alex Cobb rejoined the Rays with a good outlook after surgery to remove a blood clot and his top right rib — and a most interesting souvenir from the procedure. At his father's suggestion, Cobb kept the rib (about the size of his pinkie finger) in a jar and is thinking of putting it in his locker next season as a good luck charm. "It looks like you went to Chili's and got a little baby rib and put it in a jar of liquid," Cobb said.

Quote of the day

"All right folks, the power bill has been paid; it's time to get started."

In-game host Rusty Kath after the 20-minute lights-out delay

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Alex Cobb's odd good luck 'charm'; power outage quote of the day 08/24/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:25am]
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