Rays Report

Tampa Bay Rays: Poor attendance inspires tweets; David Price is a smarty

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 83 63 .568—

Baltimore83 64 .5651/2*

Tampa Bay 78 70 .527 6

Boston 68 81 .456 16½

Toronto 66 79 .455161/2 * Late game not included.

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 84 63 .571—

Baltimore 83 64 .565—*

Los Angeles 81 67 .547 21/2

Detroit 78 69 .531 5

Tampa Bay 78 70 .527 51/2

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-3, 3.22)

RED SOX: RH Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.14)

On Archer: 23-year-old makes second start since Sept. 7, fourth this season, with 25 Ks over 182/3 innings in the first three. Last worked in Thursday's 14-inning game in Baltimore.

On Matsuzaka: Is 1-2, 7.79 in four starts since return from latest DL stint, allowing 32 baserunners (20 hits, 10 walks, 2 HBP) in 171/3 innings. Is 2-7, 5.83 in 13 starts vs. Rays, last win in Sept. '08.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MATSUZAKA

Evan Longoria 5-for-17, 2 HRs

Carlos Peña 7-for-28, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 6-for-22, 2 HRs

RED SOX VS. ARCHER

None have faced

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Stat of the day

67

Percent of Rays homers that are solo, tops in majors

Tampa Bay Rays: Poor attendance inspires tweets; David Price is a smarty 09/18/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 1:30am]

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