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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Bobby Ramos' new role; Pajama party a success

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable starting pitchers

Rays

LHP David Price (6-5, 3.52)

Orioles

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-8, 3.71)

Watch for ...

Price check: Price is coming off a strong outing in Anaheim, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking none over seven innings. He is 4-1, 2.52 in six starts against Baltimore. His only loss came on this year's opening day, when he allowed four runs over seven innings.

Bounce back: Guthrie has lost his past two starts and gave up six runs over five innings his last time out against Toronto. He is 6-9, 4.17 in 18 outings against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Guthrie

Matt Joyce 8-for-20, HR

Casey Kotchman 8-for-20, HR

B.J. Upton 11-for-36, 2 HRs

Orioles vs. Price

Adam Jones 2-for-14

Nick Markakis 6-for-17

Luke Scott 2-for-13

On deck

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35. Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-5, 4.71); Orioles — Brian Matusz (1-0, 2.45)

Monday: at Tigers (makeup game), 7:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.24); Tigers — Phil Coke (1-6, 4.11)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Onesie no one-time wonder

Manager Joe Maddon labeled the pajama party-themed dress for the overnight flight from Anaheim to Baltimore a "huge success." And LHP David Price said that won't be the last time he wears his new onesie. "I'll be wearing those, especially in the offseason," Price said. "I'll be wearing those quite a bit."

New role of the day

Bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, below, served as bench coach Friday as Davey Martinez attended the high school graduation of his son, Jagger Lee. "We went out (Thursday) night, had some dinner, talked over strategy for today," manager Joe Maddon said of Ramos. "He had his game face on since about 6 o'clock (Thursday) night."

Quote of the day

"He has a sixth sense."

— 3B Evan Longoria on C John Jaso, who made a dash to steal third during the 10th inning of Wednesday's win over Anaheim

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Bobby Ramos' new role; Pajama party a success 06/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2011 11:32pm]
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