Rays vs. A's
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 5 hours of game time.
Rays: RH Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.74)
A's: RH Tyson Ross (2-8, 6.35)
On Cobb: Coming off a brutal outing in Anaheim, where he allowed 12 hits and eight runs without getting out of the third. Won in Oakland Aug. 1, allowing 1 run in 7 innings.
On Ross: Tabbed Wednesday as a replacement for suspended Bartolo Colon. Is 3-1, 2.85 over nine starts since going back to Triple A. Roughed up May 4 by Rays, allowing 7 runs in 3⅓ IP.
Rays VS. ROSS
Desmond Jennings 2-for-3
Luke Scott 1-for-3
B.J. Upton 3-for-4
A's VS. COBB
Coco Crisp 3-for-3
Yeonis Cespedes 1-for-3
Josh Reddick 0-for-3
Friday: vs. A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-7, 3.57); A's — Jarrod Parker (8-7, 3.48)
Saturday: vs. A's, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-8, 3.28); A's — Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 4.62)
Monday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (16-4, 2.28); Rangers — TBA
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Banner day for Rays
To properly acknowledge "American Legion" week — with the players essentially just showing up to play, as when they were kids — Rays manager Joe Maddon sought a banner for the clubhouse. PR man Rick Vaughn stopped in to borrow one from Post 238 in Safety Harbor, then Maddon returned the favor, announcing postgame that all beers, pickled eggs and sausages for Post members were on the Rays Wednesday night.
AL race for wild cards
Team W L Pct. GB
Tampa Bay 69 55 .556—
Oakland 67 56 .545—
Baltimore 67 57 .5401/2
Detroit 66 57 .537 1
Los Angeles 64 60 .516 31/2
Stat of the day
Strikeout by Rays hitters, matching their fewest in a game, for just the second time, over the past three seasons.