Rays vs. A's
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Alex Cobb (3-1, 2.79)
RH Brandon McCarthy (4-5, 3.58)
Promotion: Postgame concert by the Goo Goo Dolls
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Cool Cobb: Cobb, coming off his first career loss, has pitched well, going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA over his past six starts. He has held opponents to a .149 batting average with runners in scoring position. Cobb has never faced the A's.
On a roll: McCarthy is on a roll, having won three of his past four starts, including giving up just one run over eight innings in beating the Rays on July 26. He is 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) against Tampa Bay.
Rays vs. McCarthy
Casey Kotchman 6-for-12
Evan Longoria 1-for-7
Kelly Shoppach3-for-6, 2 HRs
Sunday: vs. A's, 1:40 p.m. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (9-10, 3.77); A's — Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.91)
Monday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.15); Royals — Luke Hochevar (8-8, 4.95).
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Video of the day
LHP David Price and RHP James Shields are featured in a video taped last month at MLB's Fan Cave in New York. In a takeoff of TV commercials for lawyers, the two promote "The Pitching Firm of Shields & Price.'' To watch, go to tampabay.com/blogs/rays.
First pitch of the day
With the Go-Go's performing as part of '80s Night on Friday, each of the five members of the group threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Quote of the day
"We have created a lot of firsts within the organization over the last several years. So that's another good one."
Manager Joe Maddon on overcoming two extra-inning deficits on Thursday