Quote of the day
"There will be a few 'Joe Nelson jeers' out there."
RHP Joe Nelson, on how many friends and family will be in the stands when the Rays travel to Oakland, with his former high school (St. Joseph's Notre Dame in Alameda) five minutes from the stadium
The ring is the thing
This West Coast trip will be extra special for LHP J.P. Howell. For one, it'll be the first time he and his fiancee, Heather Hennessy, who both grew up in Northern California, gather with their families since their March engagement. Howell also plans to present his father, Jim, with his AL championship ring. "I've just been giving out rings this year," Howell said, laughing.
Milestone of the day
Tonight will be Joe Maddon's 500th game as Rays manager, passing Larry Rothschild (499) for most in club history. Maddon also has the best winning percentage (.459, 229-270) of any Tampa Bay manager.
Joe Maddon499 (2006-present)
Larry Rothschild499 (1998-2001)
Lou Piniella485 (2003-2005)
Hal McRae309 (2001-02)
Number of the day I
12 Game hitting streak for 1B Carlos Peña
Number of the day 2
95% Success rate for stolen bases by the Rays, the best in the majors (19-of-20)
Rays at Mariners
When/where: 10:10; Safeco Field, Seattle
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 6.52)
Mariners: LH Jarrod Washburn (2-0, 1.29)
Watch for …
Center stage: CF B.J. Upton left Sunday's game with a slightly strained right quadriceps but is expected back for this series. Will he be back in center tonight?
On point: LHP Jarrod Washburn is coming off two strong starts (both wins), having given up a combined two earned runs in 14 innings. He has fared well against the Rays, going 11-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 16 career starts. The Rays are 1-4 this season against left-handed starters.
Matchups: SS Jason Bartlett is 5-for-8 with two doubles against Washburn, LF Carl Crawford is 6-for-24, and Gabe Kapler is 3-for-14.
Wednesday: at Mariners, 10:10, FSN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 6.35); Mariners — Chris Jakubauskas (1-1, 3.86)
Thursday: at Mariners, 6:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 4.58); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (2-0, 4.26)