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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Luke Scott likes rewards, Alex Cobb still optimistic

Rays at Angels

When/where: 10:05 tonight; Angels Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (4-7, 5.05)

Angels: RH Dan Haren (7-8, 4.76)

On Cobb: He has lost four of his last five starts but feels fine after suffering a lower right leg bruise his last time out, forcing him to leave after two innings. He is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA in two career starts vs. the Angels.

On Haren: He allowed just two runs in six innings against the Rangers last time out. He is 6-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 career starts vs. Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Haren

Jeff Keppinger 4-for-11

Ben Zobrist 2-for-21

B.J. Upton 9-for-26, 4 HRs

Angels vs. Cobb

Erick Aybar 1-for-5

Torii Hunter 2-for-4

Mark Trumbo 2-for-5

On deck

Saturday: at Angels, 9:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (6-7, 4.23); Angels — C.J. Wilson (9-6, 2.89)

Sunday: at Angels, 3:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (5-6, 3.42); Angels — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 60-day, June 30

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

* out for season

Scott's surprise

DH Luke Scott, top, was happy to fulfill a promise by giving C Jose Lobaton ice cream after his first big-league homer Wednesday. Scott said he found chocolate Haagen-Dazs "hidden" in the clubhouse and draped a towel over his left arm before serving it in the dugout. He might do it again, saying, "I believe in the reward system."

Quote of the day

"I think the ball is in our court now. If we do what we can do, and play to our capabilities … I think we should be fine, and find ourselves back at home right back in the hunt."

RHP Alex Cobb, on facing the wild-card contender Angels and A's

Number of the day

21 2/3 Scoreless inning streak by the Rays bullpen, which was ended Thursday by Orioles LF Chris Davis' solo homer off RHP Burke Badenhop in seventh inning.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Luke Scott likes rewards, Alex Cobb still optimistic 07/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 8:40pm]
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