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Tampa Bay Rays: Rays continue to prefer facing right-handers; runs hard to come by in tough homestand

Right is all right for Rays

The Rays take sides when it comes to facing pitchers. Tampa Bay is 23-12 when facing a right-handed starter and 8-11 when facing a lefty. The Rays started five left-handers and two switch-hitters Sunday against Orioles RHP Jake Arrieta, right (2-7, 5.53 ERA), who pitched 42/3 innings, allowing four earned runs and two hits with four walks and three strikeouts. The only true right-handed hitters in the lineup were B.J. Upton and Jose Molina. Upton went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and scored a run.

Tough homestand

The Rays went 2-4 during the homestand, which began by being swept in three games by the White Sox. During the six games at Tropicana Field against the White Sox and Orioles, the Rays hit .165, going 30-for-182 with 16 walks and 52 strikeouts. They averaged 3.3 runs per game while allowing 2.54 with 55 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Error of ways

The Rays and Orioles are first and second in the American League East. Yet the O's lead the AL with 51 errors, including three Sunday. The Rays rank second with 46. It was the sixth game the Orioles have had three or more fielding miscues. No other AL team has done it more than once this season.

Today: Off

Tuesday: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-3, 3.95); Yankees — Andy Pettitte (2-2, 3.49)

Wednesday: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-1, 3.71); Yankees — Ivan Nova (6-2, 5.60)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (7-3, 2.44); Yankees — CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.68)

Rays disabled list

(With eligible-to-return date)

1B/OF Brandon Allen, right quad strain, May 25

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

OF Desmond Jennings, left knee sprain, 15-day, May 27

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

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays continue to prefer facing right-handers; runs hard to come by in tough homestand 06/03/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 3, 2012 9:05pm]
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