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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Little edge to Fridays, iPad rescues Joe Maddon from himself

Rays vs. Red Sox

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

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

Tickets: $24-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Promotion: Burst Koozie to first 10,000 fans; postgame concert by Train

Probable pitchers


RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 3.41)

Red Sox

LH Franklin Morales (1-2, 3.50)

On Hellickson: It was a rough first half for the 2011 AL rookie of the year, who was struck on the head by a ball in batting practice, went on the DL with shoulder fatigue and was knocked out of his first start back when he was hit on the leg. He is 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA in eight games against Boston.

On Morales: Moved from the bullpen into the rotation in mid June, Morales starts tonight because he has the "freshest arm," according to manager Bobby Valentine. He is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in four starts, 0-1, 2.88 in 23 relief outings. He has a 1.64 ERA in 12 relief outings against Rays, with 10 strikeouts.

Rays vs. Morales

Carlos Peña 0-for-6

Sean Rodriguez 0-for-3

Ben Zobrist 1-for-5

Red Sox vs. Hellickson

Adrian Gonzalez 3-for-17, 2 HR

David Ortiz 6-for-17, HR

J. Saltalamacchia 4-for-14, HR

On deck

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (11-4, 2.82); Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (8-2, 5.53)

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 4.17); Red Sox — Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.43)

Monday: vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-5, 4.89); Indians — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (5-6, 4.42); Indians — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Friggatriskaidekaphobia stat of the day

7-6: Rays record on Friday the 13th

Quote of the day

"Sam's probably the head of the class rehabbingwise, which he should be based on the SAT scores."

Joe Maddon, manager, on Stanford-educated OF Sam Fuld

Bad managing of the day

Joe Maddon made his own flight arrangements from Cleveland home to Los Angeles for the break and back to Tampa. One problem, he booked his return for next week. So when he got to LAX, he had no reservation. As the Delta clerk tried to help, Maddon found a flight on his iPad that got him in a few hours later than planned. "She was frantically trying to make it work, but I figured it out," he said.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Little edge to Fridays, iPad rescues Joe Maddon from himself 07/12/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 12:26am]
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