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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,, 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


Evan Longoria 5-for-17, 2 HRs

Carlos Peña 7-for-28, 2 HRs

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


None have faced

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Stat of the day


Percent of Rays homers that are solo, tops in majors

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