Rays vs. Angels
When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $12-$255 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.
Promotion: Joe Maddon bank to first 10,000 kids 14 and younger
RH Alex Cobb (major-league debut)
RH Jered Weaver (6-0, 0.99)
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First-time jitters: Cobb, who is 23 and has pitched just four games above the Double-A level, is being summoned from Triple A to make the spot start. He was 3-0, 2.05 for the Bulls.
Dream season: Weaver has been virtually untouchable, the fourth pitcher in MLB history to post a 6-0 mark by the end of April. He is 3-0, 2.92 in four starts at the Trop and 4-1, 2.27 overall vs. the Rays.
Rays vs. Weaver
Johnny Damon 5-for-30
B.J. Upton 3-for-14
Casey Kotchman 2-for-9
Angels vs. Cobb
None have faced.
Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 6:40, FSN. Rays — Wade Davis (3-2, 2.73); Jays — Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2, 5.48)
Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 6:40, FSN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (1-3, 5.60); Jays — Brandon Morrow (0-1, 3.97)
Thursday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.31); Jays — Ricky Romero (2-3, 3.00)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Historical notes of the day
• The Rays are the first of the 46 teams that started a season 0-6 to finish April with a winning record (15-12). They are also the first team to do so after starting 1-8.
• This is the third winning April in team history; after the other two — 2008 and 2010 — the Rays went to the playoffs.
Promotional item of the day
Manager Joe Maddon was quite pleased with the look of today's giveaway bank, primarily because he thought it looks a lot more attractive than the real thing. "No question, the bank is much better looking than me," he said. "They did a much better job, and I appreciate the designer."
Gift of the day
Joe Maddon sent one of the banks, signed "Mad(don) Money" and stocked with a handful of Canadian coins, over to be placed on the desk of Angels manager Mike Scioscia, his friend and former boss. "I'll get something back at some point," Maddon said. "Maybe shattered, in a bag."