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Tampa Bay Rays: Opposing managers go way back together; Elliot Johnson to kick off summer reading program

Rays vs. Mets

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

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.13)

Mets: RH Chris Young (0-0, 3.60)

On Cobb: He has lost his past two starts, giving up four runs in each, though has felt good mechanically. He's 2-0, 2.70 in two career interleague starts, allowing a combined nine hits.

On Young: He's making just his second start since coming back from right shoulder surgery, having allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals last week. He last faced the Rays Aug. 2, 2005, giving up seven runs over 31/3 innings in a loss.

Key matchups

METS VS. COBB

None have faced

Rays VS. YOUNG

Carlos Peña 0-for-3

Hideki Matsui 3-for-5

Jose Molina 0-for-2

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Mets, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-3, 2.40); Mets — R.A. Dickey (9-1, 2.44)

Thursday: vs. Mets, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.65); Mets — Johan Santana (3-3, 2.96)

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

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

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 60-day, July 13

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, June 3

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

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

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Friends of the day

Manager Joe Maddon and Mets manager Terry Collins go way back, with Maddon serving as Collins' bench coach in Anaheim (1997-99). Collins was also a member of the then-Devil Rays coaching staff in 2001, before Maddon arrived. "We worked together for three years," Maddon said. "He's got a great baseball mind, he's a good friend of mine, and I'm really happy he's doing so well."

Good deed of the day

INF Elliot Johnson will visit Childs Park YMCA in South St. Petersburg this morning to kick off his summer book report program. Johnson will talk about the importance of reading and the program.



Number of the day

20-17

Rays record without 3B Evan Longoria in the lineup. Longoria is on the disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring.

Tampa Bay Rays: Opposing managers go way back together; Elliot Johnson to kick off summer reading program 06/11/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 11, 2012 8:59pm]
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