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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon's hamstring barking; long wait for attention; in a hurry on the bases

Rays vs. Braves

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS:

RH Alex Cobb (0-0, 0.00)

BRAVES:

RH Randall Delgado (2-3, 3.79)

On Cobb: Called up to replace injured RHP Jeff Niemann, Cobb went 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts for the Rays last year. He was 1-4 with a 4.14 ERA in Triple-A Durham this season.

On Delgado: He has pitched well recently, allowing a combined three earned runs in his past three starts. He has never faced the Rays. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA on the road this season.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Delgado

Never faced

Braves VS. Cobb

Jack Wilson 0-for-1

On deck

Sunday: vs. Braves, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-2, 3.10); Braves — Tim Hudson (2-1, 3.96)

Monday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-0, 2.77); Jays — Kyle Drabek (3-4, 3.30)

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31); Jays — Drew Hutchison (2-1, 5.53)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Injury of the day

Add manager Joe Maddon to the list of Rays battling injury. Though Maddon isn't joining the nine players on the disabled list, he joked he is "day to day" with a left hamstring injury sustained Thursday night when a dog chased him as he took the garbage out at his South Tampa home. "I won't be jogging out to the field any time soon," Maddon said, smiling.

Welcome to the show

Four days ago, the Rays' Rich Thompson was playing for Phillies affiliate Triple-A Lehigh Valley, his 13th season in the minors. Friday, Thompson was interviewed live on the MLB Network after picking up his first career hit in his first big-league start Thursday.

Number of the day

20 Stolen bases the Rays have in May, most in the American League, three ahead of the A's, who played late Friday

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon's hamstring barking; long wait for attention; in a hurry on the bases 05/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:29am]
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