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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon, Rays treat American Legion members; Rays batters have rare one-strikeout game

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.

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

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)

Sunday: Off

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

1

Strikeout by Rays hitters, matching their fewest in a game, for just the second time, over the past three seasons.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon, Rays treat American Legion members; Rays batters have rare one-strikeout game 08/22/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:00pm]
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